Getting Started with Custom Songs

GETTING STARTED
WITH CUSTOM SONGS

Welcome to BEASTSABER

Our goal is to make it easy for you to find fantastic Beat Saber maps to play. We categorize the tens of thousands of songs on BeatSaver.com to help you find songs by genre, difficulty, special effects, and more. Leave reviews on maps to spotlight maps you love or flag ones that don’t quite hit the mark.

Our number one feature is the Curator Recommended Feed where our trained team of map reviewers for different play styles and music tastes highlight maps that stand out from the hundreds of new levels released each day. Right behind that is our selection of curated map packs and playlists which collect maps into a themed, downloadable list.

Finding Custom Songs on BeastSaber

There are so many new maps released every day… how do you know which to download? There are a few things to look for before you go wading through search results:

screenshot of a beast saber song listing showing curation, ratings, and reviews

  1. Curated Maps
    These maps have been reviewed by one of our curators and deemed to have met a minimum quality standard. You may even see a “curated review” on the map listing with some more detail. Look for the check mark ✔ in the top row of the song listing.
  2. Map Rating
    Users with the SteamVR version of the game (sorry Oculus users!) can upvote or downvote maps after playing them by using the BeatSaver Voting mod from ModAssistant. Proceed with caution on maps with poor ratings but keep in mind that users may have many reasons for downvoting, a map… not all of them valid! When in doubt, use the Preview/Play button to take a look at the actual map before you download.
  3. Map Reviews
    Not all maps have reviews, but if they do, you’ll see a number from 0.0 to 5.0 in a circle. Yellow circles are user reviews and red circles are curator reviews. Map reviews allow players to share a little more color commentary on why you liked (or didn’t like) a map than a simple upvote or downvote (and mappers love them!).
  4. Follow the Mapper
    Once you’ve found some maps you really enjoy, look at who mapped them, then click on their name to go to their profile page and check out their “Maps” tab to find ALL of their maps in one place.

BeastSaber Search Options

Some of the benefits of looking for songs on BeastSaber instead of in-game is a clearer look at curation, ratings, genres, difficulties, and more. There are several built-in search queries OR you can set your own filters!

screenshot of built-in song searches on BeastSaber

Dynamic search feeds include:

  • Curator Recommended – All curated maps
  • Most Liked This Week – Maps with the most upvotes in a given week
  • Top Rated PP Ranked – A feed of ranked maps with award performance points toward ScoreSaber leaderboards
  • Community Reviews – Maps with user reviews added
  • Community Reviews by Difficulty – Same as above but easier to hit your skill level
  • Sort by In-Game Upvotes – Most liked maps, keep in mind old maps from 2018 may have thousands of likes but sometimes have questionable mapping
  • Browse Songs by Genre – Looking for the perfect map in a genre you love?
  • Browse Songs by Difficulty – The best way to find maps at your skill level when just starting out

You can also just use the site search in the top menu to find songs, artists, mappers, tutorials, community profiles, and more!

Playlists and Map Packs

Playlists and map packs are a great way to find themed groupings of fantastic maps. From BeastSaber’s own Songs with Fantastic Flow series, to curated packs for genres, artists, or albums, playlists allow you to easily use ModAssistant OneClick install to nab a bunch of quality songs.

Can’t Find What You Want? Start Mapping!

Sometimes you’re looking for a specific song, artist, or genre and getting no results, or you get results but the maps are outside of your skill level. Take matters into your own hands and learn to map! Most mappers in the community got started for this very reason and there are a wealth of resources available to get you started.

How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs

Custom Songs for PC VR Users

Did you know that you can access custom songs with the base game? Literally no mods necessary! There are optional mods available via ModAssistant that add features to your song acquisition experience making it easier, faster, or more convenient to shoot the maps you want straight into your bloodstream.

The Beat Saber Modding Group Wiki is the best place to get the latest information, but here’s a quick step-by-step:

Custom Songs with ModAssistant (Easiest!)

  1. In ModAssistant, go to OPTIONS and click Enable OneClick Install
  2. Select at least BeatSaver (though you may want the other options as well) and close ModAssistant

screenshot of ModAssistant showing oneclick installs

  1. On BeastSaber, find a song you want to download and click OneClick Install. You may see a confirmation box that your PC is trying to open ModAssistant
  2. The map will be downloaded, unzipped, and added to your CustomLevels folder

Using the OneClick Install button to add a map

Custom Songs with the Base Game (More difficult!)

BeastSaber Download Button

  1. On BeastSaber, find a song you want to download and click Download Zip and a zip file of the song you want will be saved to your computer
  2. Extract the zip file as a folder and rename it to the song name.
    1. You can either extract in place and then cut/paste the folder into your CustomLevels folder
    2. Or you can select the path directly to your Custom Levels  folder and extract directly there.

Oculus User folder paths tend to be:

C:\Program Files\Oculus\Software\Software\hyperbolic-magnetism-beat-saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomLevels

Steam User folder paths tend to be:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Beat Saber\Beat Saber_Data\CustomLevels

Custom Songs for Quest VR Users

Getting custom songs on the Quest requires a little more work than with its PC cousins. There are two pieces of software you’ll need: SideQuest and BMBF. Once you have the right software installed, you have a couple of options on how to access songs.

The Beat Saber Modding Group Wiki is the best place to get the latest information, but here’s a quick step-by-step:

Custom Songs on Quest from In-Game

ModAssistant OneClick Download

  1. Use your in-game browser window to go to BeastSaber, find a song you want to download and click OneClick Install.
  2. Songs will be downloaded to your CustomLevels menu.

Custom Songs on Quest from your PC

BeastSaber zip download

  1. On BeastSaber, find a song you want to download and click Download Zip and a zip file of the song you want will be saved to your computer.
  2. Follow the steps to use BMBF to install mods and drag the zip into the upload files screen. Songs will be available in your CustomLevels folder.
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