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How to find & download the official FM20 Pre-Game Editor

A tutorial on how to find & download the official Football Manager 2020 Pre-Game Editor on Steam.

By on Nov 19, 2019   160433 views   12 comments
FM Tutorials - How to find & download the official FM20 Pre-Game Editor
The FM 2020 Editor also known as the FM20 pre-game data editor is a powerful editing tool that allows the user to modify the Football Manager 2020 database.

It is available for free as a separate download for anyone who has bought FM20 through Steam library under tools.

How to find it in a glance:
Open Steam -> Library -> Tools -> Football Manager 2020 Editor

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: To find and download the pre-game editor for Football Manager 2020, you'll need to log into the Steam desktop app first.

Step 2: On the top-left menu (Store/Library/Community/User), go on Library.

Step 3: Select "Games" then tick "Tools".

Step 4: You will now see a number of titles, just scroll down to Football Manager 2020 Editor, right click on it and finally select install.

The download will now proceed, and you'll be able to use it.

The initial run may require to install direct X files.

For optimal performance it is recommended that you use the FM 2020 Editor on a high-end machine with at least 2GB RAM or more.
Due to massive amount of data stored in the Football Manager 2020 database you may experience poor or slow performance on low-end systems.

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Discussion: How to find & download the official FM20 Pre-Game Editor

12 comments have been posted so far.

  • mattyboy1976's avatar
    "Library" tab on Steam isn't working for me.
    Just get a blank screen, except for a big icon in the middle. Certainly no options down left hand side of screen.

    Do you know what's going on?
  • Stam's avatar
    @sefaasker: There's no pre-game editor for Epic store users. It's a Steam exclusive.
  • sefaasker's avatar
    This could be useful on Epic Store
  • jimmybronx's avatar
    I am having issues with the editor as well, it crashes on startup every time for me. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling, deleting cache folders for the FM Editor and FM itself. Makes no difference.

    Event Viewer log:
    Faulting application name: editor.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x5e5eaa79
    Faulting module name: editor.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x5e5eaa79
    Exception code: 0xc0000005
    Fault offset: 0x000000000038fb3d
    Faulting process ID: 0x5ef0
    Faulting application start time: 0x01d64bf96a3e2463
    Faulting application path: F:\Games\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020 Editor\editor.exe
    Faulting module path: F:\Games\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020 Editor\editor.exe
    Report ID: 7e813f27-f3b8-4d62-8a52-3b2a2a3af801
    Faulting package full name:
    Faulting package-relative application ID:

    Windows 10

    Graphics Card: Radeon RX 570 Series (Drivers up to date)
  • Justice's avatar
    luisbiglu, an SI admin said that an official pre-game editor will not be available for GamePass version (see here). Whether that stance will change in the future, is another question. I’d imagine an unofficial pre-game editor would be difficult to make for GamePass - although unofficial in-game (live) editors now finally exist that can work with GamePass (such as FMSE here) so there could be potential for that.
  • luisbiglu's avatar
    I need a pre-game editor for the FM20 Game Pass version, can someone help me?
  • FootballCrazyCraigo's avatar
    I have noticed on all the instructions it is not clear enough that this will not work with the touch or mobile versions.
  • EdwinK85's avatar
    Is it only available for windows? I can't find it anywhere in the library
  • StuartNG's avatar
    Hi there, apologies it has been a while since posting. Just a quick question, would this pre-game editor work with FM Touch (20) version of the game? I am specifically looking at it from the eyes of someone who plays on the ipad, so utilising File share option on iTunes to amend the original game.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Ode's avatar
    pre-game editor won't load up for me, just does a black screen and then closes
  • garmac's avatar
    thanks, been looking all over for this.
  • fredrikbv's avatar
    Tools do not appear under library. How do I find tools folder under library?
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