Dump & Extract Assets


This assumes you are familiar with ModTools usage . For buildings and vehicles, you can simply click on it ingame and press dump asset there.

Tool Controller

You can click on the desired item in the menu as if you are about to plop it, and then find the prefab in Scene Explorer > Tool Controller > BuildingTool / PropTool / TreeTool / NetTool > m_prefab. If you preview it, you can dump it there. Alternatively, inside the prefab you can find the m_mesh and textures inside m_material and dump those.

Sub-meshes & Sub-buildings

If a building has sub-buildings or sub-meshes, those can be found inside the prefab in m_subBuildings and m_subMeshes.

Network Segments & Nodes

For networks, the nodes and segments can be found inside the prefab in m_nodes and m_segments. There you can find the m_segmentMesh and m_segmentMaterial which contains the textures.

Network Elevations

Network elevations such as bridge and tunnel can be found inside the prefab in m_netAI.

Prefab Collections

To find prefabs when you can't click on them ingame or in the menu, see how to find any vanilla or custom prefab in the ModTools article .

Format Conversion Script

ModTools can't dump some textures because of their format, in this case, a script can be used to convert the texture, which ModTools can then dump.

Protected Assets

Some meshes or textures are not readable, and therefore ModTools can't dump them, in that case, you remember the name of the mesh or material and use one of the other methods.

Unity Assets Bundle Extractor

UABE is a tool which can open .assets files which are located in the Cities_Data folder which is in the game folder. Most vanilla assets can be found in the sharedassets11 file, although assets from DLCs can be found in files with a higher number. It can export meshes as OBJ and textures as PNG.


uTinyRipper is a tool which can extract an entire .assets file.


Crper is a web-based tool which can read .crp files and extract meshes and textures.

Texture Correction & Splitting

Depending on how the textures were extracted, they may need to be gamma corrected and split into multiple textures.

ACI textures contain alpha, color, and illumination maps combined into a single texture. Similarly, XYS textures contain normal and specular maps, and APR textures, which are used for roads, contain alpha, pavement, and road maps. These combined textures are sometimes gamma lifted (brighter) so they require a 0.45 gamma adjustment.

XYS texture before and after gamma correction. XYS texture before and after gamma correction.


For combined textures such as ACI, XYS, APR - each RGB channel contains one of the maps. The channels should be separated and some channels need to be inverted as well.

You can download Photoshop actions which will gamma correct, split, and invert dumped ACI and XYS textures automatically.

ACI map gamma corrected, split, some channels inverted. ACI map gamma corrected, split, some channels inverted.

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