[XP 10/11] Custom Scenery folder

[XP 10/11] Custom Scenery folder

In the X-Plane 10/11 main directory, there is a folder called "Custom Scenery".  This is the folder that contains any additional scenery, which is not in the base simulator. You may find that you already have some scenery in this folder, such as Aerosoft airports.

Within the "Custom Scenery" folder is a file named scenery_packs.ini (or scenery_packs depending on your system settings).

This is the file where any custom scenery is registered. An example of a custom scenery entry to this file looks as follows:
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery / Aerosoft - Keflavik BIKF /
It's important to note X-Plane reads the scenery in the order they are listed in the scenery_packs.ini file. You can edit this file with any text editor.

X-Plane also provides users with a way to disable scenery listed in the scenery_packs.ini file. An example of a disabled scenery is shown below:
SCENERY_PACK_DISABLED Custom Scenery / "Name of the scenery" /
Area scenery (e.g OSM, World2XPlane, or Ortho) should always be placed below airports in the scenery_packs.ini file. Any mesh-files must reside at the very bottom of the scenery_packs.ini file.

An example of what the scenery_packs.ini order should look like is listed below:
1. Airports
2. Regional Sceneries
3. OSM Data (for example World2XPlane)
4. Libraries
5. Global Airports
6. Photosceneries
7. Mesh Data (For example, HD Scenery Mesh v3)

Installing sceneries into a folder or hard drive other than the Custom Scenery Folder:

X-Plane also allows you to store sceneries in a folder other than the Custom Scenery Folder. This is perfect for those of you that might wish to spread out large ortho areas across hard drives.

The steps for this are listed below:

1) Navigate to the folder where you have installed your custom scenery and right-click the sceneries folder. Select "Copy" from the menu.
2) Navigate to the X-Plane directory and then open the "Custom Scenery" folder. Right-click in a clear area and select "Paste Shortcut" from the menu.
3) Start X-Plane 10/11 and then close it.

Within the scenery_packs.ini should now be your custom scenery.

In the example below, the "I:\" is representing the hard drive's letter:
SCENERY_PACK I:\ additional sceneries\<Scenery Name>/

You can now move the added scenery to the correct position in the scenery_packs.ini file.

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