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Make 'Frets On Fire' Even Better With Mods (Win/Mac/Lin) frets on fire mascot1

Frets on Fire is a rhythm game from the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. It has been Mentioned on MakeUseOf a few times before (check out Kyle’s Rock Out For Free With Frets On Fire Rock Out For Free With Frets On Fire Rock Out For Free With Frets On Fire Read More ).

In short, Frets on Fire is a free, open-source, multi-platform rhythm game.

We won’t give you yet another review, though. Today we’ll be discussing the general idea of Frets on Fire mods, and a deeper look into Frets on Fire’s most popular mod: the MFH mod.

What are mods?

Mods (as can be deducted from the name) are modified versions of a game. These exist for open-source and retail games alike, and are made by either the developers themselves, or by the user community.

Example of a retail mod: Half Life (2) is one of the best known First Person Shooters, both for it’s storyline as for it’s gameplay. People call it the best Shooter game on a daily basis. Also well known is Counter Strike (1.6 or Source). This is one of the best MMOFPS games available. Counter Strike is a retail mod on Half Life, just like e.g. Day of Defeat.


There are several mods on Half Life and/or Counter Strike as well that are developed by the community. These include surf-maps, and Half Life 2: Portal.

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The mods for Frets on Fire are all developed by the user community. The project being open-sourced makes this process a lot easier.

Mods can go take different forms. Some of them might just introduce a different theme, though other (like MFH) come with a different kind of integrated gameplay.

Where to find them?

Mod process and release is most often announced on forums. There’s a list of completed mods on the Frets on Fire Wiki.

Installation should be pretty simple. Most of the mods just need to be extracted to the correct folder. They do require a valid Frets on Fire install, though (download it here). Always make sure to read the release note that come with the mod however, as installation instructions may differ.

MFH Mod (windows only – for now)

Make 'Frets On Fire' Even Better With Mods (Win/Mac/Lin) mfhmodMFH is the most famous mod around. Not only does it allow you to casually switch themes, it also gives you a whole new career and multiplayer mode. You don’t like the guitar? It doesn’t matter, because the MFH mod has support for drums. Some bugs are eliminated and new functions introduced.

The MFH mod comes in a complete installation package. This means that it doesn’t require any previous Frets on Fire installation. The file can be downloaded from the Geetar Freaks website, but is only available on windows for the moment. Mac and Linux versions shouldn’t stay too far behind.

If you already have Frets on Fire, or just want to update your MFH mod installation, you can use “patches”. These allow you to upgrade without downloading the whole package. Installation instructions can be found here.


Different themes to work with the MFH mod can be downloaded from here.

Career Mode

Additional files (setlists) need to be installed to play in career mode. You can download them from this website.

“To make it work, you’ll need to replace your “Song.ini” files with these new ones. (Unless otherwise noted on their corresponding “Viva La Music” page.) These setlists only contain the .INI files! If you haven’t got the song already, ignore these! The “DLC” column in the table shows displays whether or not .INI files for the game’s DLC Songs are present in the download.

Click here to view our easy-to-understand installation instructions.”

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    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I can't seem to find a working installation to make FOF look like GHIII or is that a totally complete setup?

  2. 222111999
    December 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    noob game

  3. Ernesto Quezada
    November 24, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I know is not 100% related but for those of you who only want to play a similar game online, check out Guitar Geek.
    I guess that will give an idea about the game for those who haven't played it yet :)

  4. doorknob60
    November 23, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Your info is a little outdated. It's called FoFiX now (changed about a month ago), and their site is now at They have official Mac, WIndows, and Linux builds, and I provide the semiofficial Arch PKGBUILD (linked on their site and it's in AUR under fretsonfire-alarian-mod). It's a really sweet mod though :) Without it I don't know if I'd still play FoF (I play it a lot right now with the mod). Anyways I'd advise adding this link to the page as it's more official and up to date than the Geetar Freaks one.

  5. Dian
    November 23, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    i've been meaning to install fret fire but turn off with the graphic, now with the mod i can try it now, thx