Tutorials for GTA 1 to San Andreas

My most popular tutorial is installing cars for GTA 3 and Vice City. I also have lots of GTA 2 Tutorials.

GTA San Andreas

Acceleration Straight-line performance using handling.cfg.
Definition of handling.cfg Every handling.cfg feature.
Realistic Handling Where to start and what the limits are.
Tools & Editors The most useful tools I know of.

GTA 3 & Vice City

Acceleration How straight-line performance works.
Converting Convert between GTA 3 and GTA Vice City.
Dimensions Effect aerodynamic drag and turning.
Detailed Acceleration Weird effects of mass on top speed.
handling.cfg FAQ Answers I give out a lot.
Model Proportions Car sizes affect their performance.
Suspension Difficult but worth getting right.
Traction Grip values for vehicles.
Realistic Handling Where to start and what the limits are.
Why Bother? Why customised handling is important.
Installing Cars Add cars from this site into GTA.
Which Car is Crashing? Find the messed up vehicle and replace with a backup.
Multiple Installs Keep mods separate from the original files.

GTA Vice City

Definition of handling.cfg The main features, explained.
Definition of paths.ipl Detailed format of the AI paths.
Manual Editing Guide to making an AI path.
Tools & Editors The most useful tools and files.


Definition of handling.cfg Short description of every feature.
Moonbeam Trials Guide to a realistic Moonbeam setup.
Tools & Editors The most useful tools and files.


Landscape & Environment
Downtown Textures List of all noteworthy tiles in wil.sty.
Residential Textures List of all noteworthy tiles in ste.sty.
Lights Adding static, flashing or fading landscape lights.
Lighting Let there be light! Step-by-step guide with screenshots.
Optimising Compressing files carefully reduces filesize by a lot.
Zones Traffic lights, bus stops, respawns and navigation zones.
Basic Mission Objects
Angles What direction the angles actually point in.
Multiplayer Basic guide to multiplayer support, with links.
Phones There are 4 types of payphone.
Objects Every object in the game and how to use them.
Radio Stations How to declare the songs available in your level.
Shops Vehicle weapon and repair shops.
Sound Background sounds for ambience or specific actions.
Weapons Every weapon and powerup, including some secret ones.
Vehicles Adding cars, with all model names and colours.
Handling A few things work reliably, the rest is weird.
Trains Setting up trains so they actually work!
Advanced Mission Coding
Scripting Document DMA Design’s complete guide to every command.
Characters All the types of people you can create.
Character AI Make people do things using their built-in AI.
Frenzies Coding different types of Kill Frenzy.
Gangs Zones, arrows, icons and special features.
Garages Complete guide to creating garages for missions.
Government Alter the wanted level and what effect this has.
Remote Control A rarely used but entertaining feature.
Respawning Characters 4 bots chase you. If they die, they are recreated.
Respawning Objects You have to EXPLODE_SMALL when nobody can see.
Respawning Vehicles An FBI Car is recreated when it gets destroyed.
Save Points How to let the player save their game.
Timers Time limits for missions with the countdown graphic.
Upward Timers See how long something is taking, like a lap timer.
Tools & Setup
Tools & Editors The most useful tools and files.
Resource Editing Reference for changing the interface of DMA Map Editor.
Multiplayer Setup Start playing GTA 2 online!
Multiplayer Strategy Analysis of strategies, weapons and vehicles.
Multiple Installs Keep your mods separate.


Ambient Events Side missions I made before GTA 3 did.
Comments Add comments to code, with examples.
Insane Stunts Create a stunt on a new map.
Mission Cleanup How best to code your mission endings.
PARK Let the user park cars in garages.
Random Pager How the random pager messages work.
Reference Complete documentation for mission.ini.
SENDTO Use this powerful vehicle AI.
Smallest mission.ini The least code for a working GTA 1 level.
Characters List of all the characters who are mentioned.
Tools & Editors The most useful tools and files.

Entire GTA Series

Timeline All major release dates in GTA’s history.