Top 15 Stardew Valley Mods for Quality of Life


If you’re into relaxing life sims, then you’ve probably already picked up Stardew Valley. The 2016 blockbuster took the internet by storm, and it remains a favourite of thousands of gamers worldwide. Since its initial release on PC, Stardew Valley has expanded to be compatible with macOS, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch, as well as mobile platforms. But some hardcore fans will tell you that the best way to play the game is on a PC - they say this because of the modding community.

Auto Animal Doors Mod for Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has one of the most active, dedicated modding communities in PC gaming today, even though the game doesn’t have a Steam workshop. There are thousands of mods available - mods for changing the game’s aesthetics, mods for adding new content like NPCs and locations, and even mods for changing the way the game works. This last category is home to quite a few mods for quality-of-life (QOL).

Stardew Valley already has a great QOL experience, but there are some gaps that people have chosen to fill with mods. Some mods just change a tiny thing about the game’s experience, but they can greatly change how you feel while you play.

How Do I Find and Install Mods?

Mods can be found on a lot of different places around the Internet, but the most common place to find mods for Stardew Valley is Nexus Mods. For this article, this website is where the mods we reference can be found. We’re not going to go into a full tutorial for modding here, but our previous guide Stardew Valley mods will give you everything you need to start installing and enjoying mods.

The Top 15 QOL Mods for Stardew Valley

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for - we’ve curated a list of the top 15 best QOL mods for Stardew Valley.

15. PelicanFiber

Pelican Fiber Mod for Stardew Valley
It doesn’t matter what you want, or when - PelicanFiber has your back.

Creator(s): jwdred. Download

You moved to Stardew Valley for a low-tech, rural lifestyle - however, that lifestyle can sometimes be incredibly inconvenient. If you’ve ever gone down to Pierre’s only to discover that it’s Wednesday, or gone to Marnie’s to buy animals only to find her standing idly in front of her microwave instead of at her shop desk, then this mod might ease some of your frustrations.

PelicanFiber is the online shopping solution to Stardew Valley retail woes. Just open the menu, click the shop you want, and give those slippery shopkeepers your money whether the shop is open or not. Though this mod feels a little bit like cheating if you’re a new player, it could be the high-tech upgrade a veteran player is looking for.

14. Auto Animal Doors

Auto Animal Doors Mod for Stardew Valley
Now, your animals can come and go as they please without getting cranky for being left out all night.

Creator(s): Aaron Taggart. Download

If you’re anything like us, then you love all of your little pixel farm animals and want to give them the best lives possible. Unfortunately for players of the vanilla game, that means making time to open and close the doors to their homes every. single. day. If you can’t be bothered with this menial task, then this mod has answered your prayers. It does exactly what it says on the tin - it automatically opens and closes the doors on your barns and coops in the mornings and evenings. Doesn’t it feel nice to have a few extra seconds to stalk your romantic interest?

13. Range Display

Range Display Mod for Stardew Valley Mod
Finally, you don’t have to guess that the sprinklers will water all of your crops.

Creator(s): CatCattyCat. Download

Sprinklers are some of the best, most sought after items in Stardew Valley. After all, they free you from the gruelling task of individually watering your crops every morning. But placing them can be difficult - how do you know if all of your crops are in range? Enter CatCattyCat’s excellent Range Display Mod. The concept is simple - it displays the range on any sprinkler that you hover your cursor over, ensuring that all of your plants remain happily watered.

12. Simple Crop Label

Simple Crop Label Mod for Stardew Valley Mod
Simple, but elegant.

Creator(s): TheMusketeer. Download

This one is as simple as they come, but it adds an important service nonetheless. Often, we have trouble remembering what crops we planted, and what we picked yesterday and should replant. And the seeds are sometimes...ambiguous looking. Simple Crop Label lets you mouse over the seed and know exactly what crop it is for easy, breezy farming.

11. Jump Over

Jump Over Mod for Stardew Valley
Now I can lay out my fences with aesthetics in mind.

Creator(s): spacechase0
. Download

This is another simple mod that can add a lot of ease to any farming experience. Organized farmers always want to utilize fences to keep their farm packaged into neat little areas, but there’s a problem - those fences also prevent you from walking wherever you want. Enter spacechase0’s Jump Over mod - letting you jump your own fences and save valuable time.

10. Better Ranching

Better Ranching Mod for Stardew Valley
At last, my animals can tell me what they need.

Creator(s): Urbanyeti. Download

Ranching is one of the best parts of Stardew Valley - you get to take care of cute little pixel animals and make a ton of money selling eggs, milk, wool, and the vast number of artisan goods that can be made from those products. But the thing is, the animals have no way of telling you whether they’re ready to be milked or need their daily petting.

Modder Urbanyeti decided to help us out on that front, creating a mod that adds indicators for animals that need to be milked or petted. Now Bessie is always happy because she can tell us what she needs!

9. Always On Server for Multiplayer

Always On Server Mod for Stardew Valley
Just make sure your friends don’t steal all your stuff when you’re offline.

Creator(s): funny-snek, Zuberii. Download

When the multiplayer update dropped in 2018, we were all over the moon. Farming with friends? Fantastic! But that excitement was dampened a little when it was discovered that the host of the server had to be active for anyone else to play. Scheduling can be hard, and what if you all want to co-exist on a server without everyone present at all times?

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Modders funny-snek and Zubertii have created this handy little mod, which allows the multiplayer server to remain active even when the host is not present. Now you can make way more progress together!

8. Teh’s Fishing Overhaul

Teh fishing Overhaul Mod for Stardew Valley
Now maybe I can actually complete the community centre fishing bundles.

Creator(s): TehPers. Download

In the world of Stardew Valley, you either love the fishing minigame or hate it - there’s no in between. And unfortunately for those who can’t stand it, fishing is required to unlock a lot of the game’s achievements. Enter modder TehPers, who has overhauled the fishing minigame for us to make it a little less insufferable.

We liked this fishing mod in particular because it doesn’t just let you skip the minigame or make it insanely easy to beat it - instead, it adds different factors and mechanics that can make fishing a little more pleasant and fun. No cheats, just a little extra fun.

7. Automate

Automate Mod for Stardew Valley
Anything that you think you need to do a million times can now be managed by machines.

Creator(s): Pathoschild. Download

Stardew Valley has a wealth of machines that you can build to produce resources - machines for smelting metal, recycling waste, producing seeds, and a whole lot more. The problem that most late-game farmers face is that they have a lot of machines and a lot of resources, but they have to put the resources into those machines and collect the result by hand. No one has that time, and most probably don’t bother.

Those who want to bother can download Pathoschild’s insanely helpful Automate mod, which allows you to arrange machines in a similar manner that you can arrange things in Minecraft - you set up perpetual reactions that load resources and collect products, completely without your involvement. Imagine how much time you can save!

6. Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone Mod for Stardew Valley
Now I don’t have to hunt Robin down every time I want something built.

Creator(s): aedenthorn. Download

Again, you moved to Stardew Valley for a simple, rural lifestyle. You want to commune with nature and get back to your roots. We get it; it’s a pleasant way to live life. But the game ignores one tiny detail - you’re originally from the city. Why the heck don’t you have a phone??

If you want a phone, modder aedenthorn has your back. This excellent mod allows you to call NPCs and receive calls from them - with some shopkeeps like Robin, you can even use your phone to request services. The phone also lets you fulfil the requirement of speaking to each NPC every day and repeat heart events should you so choose. Fancy!

5. Daily Tasks Report

Daily Tasks Report Mod for Stardew Valley
Wow, being a farmer really is a lot of work.

Creator(s): GuiNoya, Yesst. Download

In the early game, your daily tasks are pretty simple. Water your 15 crops, pet your dog, and maybe pet the two chickens you’ve managed to buy from Marnie. But as the game goes on, the list of daily tasks just gets longer and longer. And it gets hard to keep track of - which animals have been petted? Which crops got watered? Did I check my crab pots?

Take all of the remembering work off of your plate with this simple, elegant task manager. It keeps an eye on all of your activities, and the ones you might have forgotten.

4. Lookup Anything

Lookup Anything Mod for Stardew Valley
Now I can close the 30 tabs I have open to the Stardew Valley Wiki.

Creator(s): Pathoschild. Download

If you really want to get into Stardew Valley, you’ll quickly discover that it’s almost impossible to remember all of the details. What gifts does Abigail like? What’s the drop rate on that rare artefact you’re trying to find? It goes on and on. Most of us have a tab (or two, or ten) perpetually dedicated to the wiki just to keep things in check.

Close those tabs, because Pathoschild has come to our rescue with the Lookup anything mod. It’s simple - hover over the object you want to learn about and hit F1 - the mod instantly delivers an overlay containing the info you wanted. My life is so much better now.

3. Chests Anywhere

Chests Anywhere Mod for Stardew Valley
We can all agree that this mod is one of the best things that’s ever happened to us, right?

Creator(s): Pathoschild. Download

Ah, chests. They allow us to hoard all of the resources and items that we collect on our travels through Stardew Valley, and we are grateful. Except when we’re out giving gifts to NPCs, and we realize that they’re all in the chest. At home.

Enter Pathoschild’s Chests Anywhere mod, allowing you to cosmically reach into the chests on your farm and access them from wherever you are. No more running all over the valley because you forgot something!

2. Tractor Mod

Tractor Mod for Stardew Valley
Adorable and convenient, just like everything should be.

Creator(s): Pathoschild. Download

Farming is hard; you knew that when you moved to Pelican Town. And the locals insist on doing everything the old fashioned way - hoes, scythes, and watering cans only. Until you install the Tractor Mod.

The tractor allows you to do pretty much everything that you would accomplish with your tools, but three times as fast while sitting on a cute pixel tractor. What’s not to like?

1. NPC Map Locations

NPC Map Locations Mod for Stardew Valley
The sun is shining, my skin is clear, and my orders have all been fulfilled.

Creator(s): Pathoschild, Bouhm. Download

This does exactly what it says it does, and it is a game-changer. How many times have you accepted what seems like an easy board request, only to discover that the NPC that requested it has seemingly phased to another dimension? No more - with the NPC Map Locations mod, you can see exactly where everyone is so you don’t have to search for them constantly. Sure, it seems a little creepy, but Harvey should have known to be available when he asked for that potato.

And there you have it! The best QOL mods for Stardew Valley. Be sure to check out our other article on mods that add game content for even more fun!

Sarthak Khurana
Tech and gaming enthusiast with a keen interest in stories. Believes that Witcher 3 is the only RPG that comes close to Fable 2, the best RPG ever made!