This sample project is designed with two purposes in mind:

  • Illustrate how the Living World XML is defined
  • Provide a template for creating your own Living World files

As such, this sample project isn't really meant to be built in the simulation, although it can be, and the section below shows how this can be done and explains how you should structure your own projects to use them in your own add-ons.


You can expand the link below to see the LivingWorld file and folder structure:

File OverviewFile Overview

|---+ LivingWorld
    |---+ PackageDefinitions
    |   |---- mycompany-living-world.xml
    |---+ PackageSources
    |   |---+ LivingWorld_Config
    |   |   |---- MyCompany_LWcfg.XML
    |---- LivingWorldProject.xml



Loading And Building The Project

In order to load and build the project in Microsoft Flight Simulator, you must have previously enabled Developer Mode (see here for more information). Once enabled, simply follow these steps:


  • Use the Open project... command from the File menu.

Developer Mode Open Project


  • Select the file LivingWorldProject.xml from the LivingWorld sample project.
    The Folder Structure Of The LivingWorldProject Sample


  • The Project Editor should open automatically and show you the project mycompany-living-world (if the Project Editor doesn't open, then you can open it from the Developer Mode Tools menu)
    The LivingWorldProject In The Project EditorIf you expand the project you'll see that the Living World files are saved as *.spb files, which is the file format that Microsoft Flight Simulator uses for compressed and compiled XML files.


  • Clicking on the project in the Project Editor will open the Inspector Window, and here you need to click the Build Package button (if the Inspector Window does not open automatically, go to the View menu in the Project Editor and open it from there).
    Building The LivingWorld Sample Project


  • This will build a package from the files specified in your project. This package will be named mycompany-living-world and will be output in the Packages folder created in the same directory as LivingWorldProject.xml:


  • With other sample packages, you can then go into the simulation and travel somewhere to see the additions that they have made. However, with living world files, this is not possible and they require that Microsoft Flight Simulator be restarted to see them. So, you would now need to go into the Package folder (shown above) and copy the folder mycompany-living-world, then paste that into the The Community Folder. Once that is done you can restart Microsoft Flight Simulator and see the changes to the living world.
    NOTE: This sample uses the core configuration of the Living World in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and as such you will see little or no change in the way traffic and other living world items are generated after adding this sample to the Community folder. This sample is meant purely as an informative tool.