TrackMania² Canyon

TrackMania² Canyon

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How to use Locators! (For your Custom Content)
By shagia
This is a tutorial on explaining what a Locators, and showing you how to use it for your custom Trackmania content. This also applies to Trackmania 2: Stadium.
Introduction / What is a Locator? (And why should I use one?)
So you might ask, What's a Locator?

As you know (or not...), Trackmania relies on a Peer-to-Peer system to download custom content. This often causes stress and poor connetivity during gameplay; especially on high content servers.
(Such as servers with over 40 players using custom content.)
This is where Locators come in to play.

A locator is a single .loc file that contains a direct URL to the content you're using. It is used in Trackmania games to transfer content from a direct download server to you or another player. Content being shared can be many different things. Files such as Cars, Avatars, Skins, Horns, and even billboards are one of many things you'll be sharing.

Yeah, that sounds cool and all, but why should I use one?

You should use one because it saves the bandwidth and time for other players, including you! The profit of using a Locator applies to a lot of the content you see in Trackmania.
(I.E when you see a silver car, you're downloading that person's content. You won't know if you're downloading via a locator or P2P.)
That sounds awesome, what do I need to make a locator?

You only need three things:

  • A text editor (Notepad is acceptable!)
  • A file host
  • 10~ Minutes

Note: Your file host MUST allow directlinking. You can not use sites that go by the "wait 10 seconds / enter captcha rule", like, or

Here are a list of file hosts that allow direct linking. (Leave a comment of one that you know, and I'll add them!)


FileDEN RIP FileDEN, now known as[] Keep in mind that you're going to have to pay to use this service!

File to Link[]
Google Drive[]
Sky Drive[]

Update, 8/31/14: Note to Dropbox users

I'm not sure when Dropbox added this, but copying your public file now (possibly from the web interface) includes a new link process that has the characters 'dl=0' at the end of the url. Change 'dl=0' to 'dl=1' to make it a direct download!

Thanks to Lucien Dark for leaving a comment about it!
How to make and use a locator
I have time, a file host, and a text editor, so how do I make a locator?

Before you continue on, I suggest you let yourself look at known File Extensions.

On Windows 7 / Vista, open the explorer, and go to Organize -> Folder and search options -> View -> Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. (I don't have a screenshot for this because I don't have 7 or Vista...I use Windows 8.)

On Windows 8, open the explorer, and go to View -> Options -> View -> Uncheck extensions for known file types. It's really the same as 7 and vista, but just with the ribbon.

For XP Users, not too sure what to say right now. it's 2013...

Now that you have that done, it's time to make the locator. Say for example, we have a GBX file for your custom skin for the Canyon car. You can find this in

Browse the folder(s) for the custom content you want to be attached to a locator, right click -> New -> Text document. Name it the exact same way the custom content is named, and add .loc to the end of it. Here's an example:

The file I am using is CanyonCar_Bleach_Ichigo.Skin.Pack.Gbx, so I'll name the .loc file CanyonCar_Bleach_Ichigo.Skin.Pack.Gbx.loc

The locator NEEDS to have the same exact filename as the content, and it MUST be located in the same folder as the content.

So, now that you have that done, lets upload the custom content on our favorite file host!

Here's how it is on dropbox...

you can see some of muh files, hehehehehehe

Now that you have the public link, you can now add the link inside of your .loc file.

Simply open your .loc file in Notepad (or anything else), paste, and save.

And you're done!

Keep in mind....
You can use this for anything in Trackmania Canyon! Here's a Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites chiptune horn I made.

even zip files will work.

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Jrc126 Oct 14, 2018 @ 3:58pm 
#SeemsRight. Some hosting files may not work. Some require payment. I think I understand how's this tutorial works. I got Google Drive and Dropbox accounts functional and ready. I also got and MEGA and SkyDrive ready to go (Somewhat).
rXR Apr 20, 2017 @ 4:39pm 
Also, does iCloud drive work?
rXR Apr 20, 2017 @ 4:34pm 
Hey, does anyone know if you have to send the .loc file to same the file-sharing site as the .gbx/zip file?
rXR Apr 19, 2017 @ 7:48pm 
bucketman Aug 29, 2015 @ 5:46am 
Wait, think I worked it out. Looks like the custom car file needs to be in Carcommon as well as the locator, even though the other players' clients will use the version hosted on . I was unaware of this until now but thinking about it I suppose it's so my client can use the custom skin even when offline.
bucketman Aug 29, 2015 @ 5:41am 
I downloaded the locator file from and added it to the Carcommon folder with all my other cars. However, while all my other cars still appear in the Profile menu of TM United, the locator file does not. Any ideas?
LegendaryGold Dec 25, 2014 @ 6:29pm 
Im using the steam version, and i cant locate a .gbx file of my stadium car skin. Anyone help? Also the file is a .zip.
lordNEON; the omnifarious! Sep 5, 2014 @ 10:08am 
Lucien Dark, where exactly do I change this "dl=0" into "dl=1" in dropbox?
When I click on uploaded file and press 'share' there's this link with 'dl=0' at the end, but I can't change it here.
Lucien Dark Aug 31, 2014 @ 7:39pm 
No problem :-)

I can possibly answer Deltau's question also. What I've found recently with Stadium (so it might be applicable to Canyon and Valley as well) is that people who're running the Steam version of Trackmania can see the car models that come from the Workshop, but the Workshop models don't seem show up for people who're using the standalone version of the game (i.e. if they bought the game direct from ManiaPlanet rather than via Steam). I guess that most people will probably be running the Steam version, but it might be worth making a loc file so that the people who have the standalone version can see your car too.
shagia  [author] Aug 31, 2014 @ 3:55pm 
dang, it's been a while since I've looked at this.

@Lucien Dark:
Thank you for letting me know, will be super sure to add that!

Not exactly too sure what to do in that case, are you sure your 3D model is in a zip file?

I actually don't know, it sounds like Steam Workshop can work as it's own hosting type thing for games, I'd try it out if possible though.

https should work too!