Creating a C++ mod

This guide will help you create a C++ mod using UE4SS.
It's split up into four parts.
Part one goes over the prerequisites.
Part two goes over creating the most basic C++ mod possible.
Part three will show you how to interact with UE4SS and UE itself (via UE4SS).
Part four will cover installation of the mod.

The guide requires having a working C++ development environment with cmake and git, preferably similar to the one required to build UE4SS itself from sources.

Part 1

  1. Make an Epic account and link it to your GitHub account
  2. Check your email and accept the invitation to the @EpicGames GitHub organization for Unreal source access.
  3. Make a directory somewhere on your computer, the name doesn't matter but I named mine MyMods.
  4. Clone the RE-UE4SS repo so that you end up with MyMods/RE-UE4SS.
  5. Open CMD and cd into RE-UE4SS and execute: git submodule update --init --recursive
  6. Go back to the MyMods directory and create a new directory, this directory will contain your mod source files. I named mine MyAwesomeMod.
  7. Create a file called CMakeLists.txt inside MyMods and put this inside it:
cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.18)



Part #2

  1. Create a file called CMakeLists.txt inside MyMods/MyAwesomeMod and put this inside it:
cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.18)

set(TARGET MyAwesomeMod)

add_library(${TARGET} SHARED "dllmain.cpp")
target_include_directories(${TARGET} PRIVATE .)
target_link_libraries(${TARGET} PUBLIC UE4SS)
  1. Make a file called dllmain.cpp in MyMods/MyAwesomeMod and put this inside it:
#include <stdio.h>
#include <Mod/CppUserModBase.hpp>

class MyAwesomeMod : public RC::CppUserModBase
    MyAwesomeMod() : CppUserModBase()
        ModName = STR("MyAwesomeMod");
        ModVersion = STR("1.0");
        ModDescription = STR("This is my awesome mod");
        ModAuthors = STR("UE4SS Team");
        // Do not change this unless you want to target a UE4SS version
        // other than the one you're currently building with somehow.
        //ModIntendedSDKVersion = STR("2.6");
        printf("MyAwesomeMod says hello\n");

    ~MyAwesomeMod() override

    auto on_update() -> void override

#define MY_AWESOME_MOD_API __declspec(dllexport)
extern "C"
    MY_AWESOME_MOD_API RC::CppUserModBase* start_mod()
        return new MyAwesomeMod();

    MY_AWESOME_MOD_API void uninstall_mod(RC::CppUserModBase* mod)
        delete mod;
  1. In the command prompt, in the MyMods directory, execute: cmake -S . -B Output
  2. Open MyMods/Output/MyMods.sln
  3. Make sure that you're set to the Release configuration unless you want to debug.
  4. Find your project (in my case: MyAwesomeMod) in the solution explorer and right click it and hit Build.

Part #3

In this part, we're going to learn how to log to file, and both consoles, as well as find a UObject by name, and log that name.

  1. Add #include <DynamicOutput/DynamicOutput.hpp> under #include <Mod/CppUserModBase.hpp>.
    You can now also remove #include <stdio.h> because we'll be removing the use of printf which was the only thing that required it.
  2. To save some time and annoyance and make the code look a bit better, add this line below all the includes:
using namespace RC;
  1. Replace the call to printf in the body of the MyAwesomeMod constructor with:
Output::send<LogLevel::Verbose>(STR("MyAwesomeMod says hello\n"));

It's longer than a call to printf, but in return the message gets propagated to the log file and both the regular console and the GUI console.
We also get some support for colors via the LogLevel enum.

  1. Add this below the DynamicOutput include:
#include <Unreal/UObjectGlobals.hpp>
#include <Unreal/UObject.hpp>
  1. Let's again utilize the using namespace shortcut by adding this below the first one: using namespace RC::Unreal;
  2. Add this function in your mod class:
auto on_unreal_init() -> void override
    // You are allowed to use the 'Unreal' namespace in this function and anywhere else after this function has fired.
    auto Object = UObjectGlobals::StaticFindObject<UObject*>(nullptr, nullptr, STR("/Script/CoreUObject.Object"));
    Output::send<LogLevel::Verbose>(STR("Object Name: {}\n"), Object->GetFullName());

Note that Output::send doesn't require a LogLevel and that we're using {} in the format string instead of %s.
The Output::send function uses std::format in the back-end so you should do some research around std::format or libfmt if you want to know more about it.

  1. Right click your project and hit Build.

Part #4

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