How to Mod GTA San Andreas on a Mac

Install Car mods in GTA SA on a Mac easily with this tutorial.

Have Grand Theft Auto on a Mac and tired of the make believe cars and same weapons? Modding the game is the perfect answer to your needs, but all the tutorials on how to mod GTA SA (Grand Theft Auto San Andreas) are on Windows. This tutorial will show you how to mod GTA SA on a Mac easily and with few stress as possible.

First you are going to want to download SAMI (san andreas mod installer). 

San Andreas Mod Installer (to install the car mods)

Section 1- Installing Car Mods

Step 1: Find any car mod for GTA SA. I will be using this car mod

Step 2: Click the download button and when it comes up with this screen, hit save as and save it to anywhere. Once it is downloaded, it will be a .zip file. Don’t unzip the file.


Step 3: Open the Mod Installer program (SAMI) and you will be greeted by this error screen. Just click ok


Step 4: Click install a mod in the opening screen

Step 5: Click browse on the next screen

Step 6: Put the actual Grand Theft Auto game in the applications folder. After you hit browse hit the plus sign next to the / (slash) symbol. Then expand the applications folder and expand the GTA Your San Andreas Directory is going to want to be located here,

/Applications/GTA San Games/

Step 7: Now click the browse button for the Mod Location and locate the mod you downloaded. It should be in .zip  or .rar format

Step 8: Hit countinue

Step 9: Click continue on the following screen. (the one with the woman on it)

Step 10: Name your car and select the car it will be replacing. Now click install.

Step 11: Close the mod program and open the GTA SA game. At first, it might not start and if it doesn’t and you freeze in game hit command-option-esc to force quit it. You will now have a modded car on GTA SA.

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  1. Kiwi
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 6:58 am

    One thing. This SAMI is not working for mac….. i need any program to open that ? : PP answer on my email please

  2. Posted December 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t know how to get your email, how many times did you try to open it and what version of Mac do you have? You have to have leopard or higher to open the program i think.

    Posted December 21, 2010 at 6:03 am

    i’ve got SAMI but what i wanted was like to change the gameplay like people on windows have better graphics and i really want that for my MAC any ideas how to do that ?

  4. ModMan
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 2:56 am

    sofran, i use google chrome for my browser. i downloaded SAMI and the mod but when i open them it comes up and text edit and says that they cant be run in DOS mode. any ideas what to do? cheers

  5. Posted January 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    SAMI is a .exe file. How am I supposed to use that on a mac? Its for windows only…

  6. acro
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

    yes man how did you run exe i think link was change

  7. acro
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    there is an app (wineskin) you can run exe with that but i still tryin to add somethings in gta3.img file

  8. bobthened
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    SAMI keeps quitting and coming up with message

    the application quartz-wm quit unexpectedly what should i do i had it before and it worked fine but now it doesn’t work

  9. deblob
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    dear bobtheend, you need to be using an administrators acount

  10. G_money
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm
  11. Isaiah
    Posted September 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    use a program called crossover

  12. Asiangangstazillion6'sman
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 2:32 am

    U guys r idiots. Use crossover!

  13. macosxlion
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hey people, if you have GTA San Andreas in original version, SAMI not working. I have the GTA downloaded directly from the app store.Only working with the fucking not original version that is a shit.

  14. Anon
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Modifies the car stats, but not the look or name. Quite pointless.

  15. KIKO
    Posted December 16, 2011 at 8:24 am


  16. hesoyam
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Sami doesn’t work for me. Its an .exe file so its for windows only.

    By the way i use snow leopard 10.6

  17. asnaeb
    Posted May 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    My San Andreas game doesnt have a “transgaming” file….help?

  18. anonymousperson
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Mine doesnt have a /Rockstar Games/…its not original…any ideas?

  19. anonymous
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

    that sami don’t work in my mac, can you say me the program that i need to open this sami?

  20. john
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    crossover doesnt work neither does wine ???

  21. mj
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    it doesnt work

  22. GTA gamer
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    After I choose the game directory and mod file, I click continue and it says ‘Cannot find san andreas game directory’ HELP!

  23. morelia
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    that link is for windows only

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