How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs in 2021 [Tutorial]

In this guide, we’ll show you how to download install, and load Beat Saber custom songs into the game. This guide was updated on May 29th, 2021 with news about an update to BMBF, the new Beat Saber 1.15 Interscope Mixtape Edition, and more.

A patch for the new Beat Saber – Multiplayer Badge Edition, OST4, and Interscope Music Pack – is being worked on. Do NOT upgrade Beat Saber to the latest version yet. We will update this guide as soon as things are safe. If you accidentally upgraded Beat Saber to the latest version which does not support custom songs, click here to read our guide on how to downgrade Beat Saber to the last version.

On May 26th, this update was given:

I do not have any official updates from the unicorns at this time. I have requested a publishable update.

Unofficial Word:

I think I can safely share with you that they are trying to overcome at least one bug that falls into the “critical” category (there are other open issues that are smaller in scope). There are core mods that require some refactoring before they will be suitable for release.

The unicorns are fully aware of an incoming new release of Beat Saber. Since we have no moles working for Beat Games, the extent of changes in this release is unknown.  Most of the time, when a “songs only” update drops? The existing BMBF (in this case – the one set to release for BS 1.15 that is in development) would continue to work for that new version. However, it is not unheard of for a seemingly innocuous “songs only update” to hide bigger under the hood changes that require a new BMBF release. Right now?

The unicorns do not know.

Once it drops and the patching code can be tested against it, I’ll let you know the outcome and the unicorns’ disposition on the matter.

On March 30th, the following update on a new version of BMBF was given:

As you may have noticed, BMBF is taking longer than usual to support the latest version(s) of Beat Saber. Before you panic, this does not mean we have stopped supporting or have stopped development of BMBF. We are taking our time to ensure that it’s as best as can be. We’d like to announce that the next version of BMBF will be removing the asset loader, which will fundamentally change how songs and certain mods are loaded.

What does this mean?: As we teased late last year, we have contacted mod developers within the community to create a community made Runtime Song Loader, which will be introduced into BMBF as a core mod. This has been the largest timesink for us as BMBF is being reworked to support it. As a user, you might not notice the switch, but this will support things such as:- Community made difficulty characteristics such as Lawless and Lightshow.- More stability with larger song lists (1000+).- The ability for a community in-game song downloading mod.- More parity with the PC version of the game.

Do you have a planned release date?: We do not have an ETA for the official release of BMBF. Development nightlies will slowly release for use of the testers, although there are no planned dates for these either.

We’d also like to inform that BMBF nightlies are designed for testing ***ONLY***. Song loading will not be functional on any of the Nightly BMBF builds, and is only there to aid 3rd party testing. If you have recently attempted to install a nightly build without interest for testing, we kindly ask that you uninstall it and return to base game until BMBF officially releases as it will be of no use to you.Lastly, we’d like to reiterate that modding is a privilege and not a right! We do this because we want to, not because we have to. At the end of the day we sometimes have to take off our horns and hooves and live our own lives.

In this guide, we’ll teach you:

  • What BMBF is for Beat Saber
  • How to Install custom songs into Beat Saber
  • How to update everything to the latest version when a new Beat Saber version is released
  • The best custom songs to load into the game.

Note that when you install BMBF 1.13, you will lose the ability to play the new Beat Saber multiplayer mode. However, there is a brand new method for toggling Beat Saber to play both the modded and unmodded versions here.

Comment at the bottom of this guide if you have any problems with this Beat Saber mod not working or need help loading new songs into the game.

Table Of Contents

What are Beat Saber Custom Songs?

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There are multiple communities on the internet dedicated to mapping real songs to Beat Saber. This means that you can play the latest Taylor Swift, Drake, Marshmello, or Five Finger Death Punch songs in Beat Saber.

Doing this allows your Beat Saber song list to grow into hundreds of real life tracks easily! This is one of the reasons why the game is one of the most popular Oculus apps of all time.

Being able to load custom Beat Saber songs is made possible with an app called BMBF. With BMBF, you can install Beat Saber custom songs in two different ways: directly on your VR headset or from your computer. Then, you can visit a Beat Saber song website called Bsaber to browser and save songs you like.

A lot of guides on the internet prefer the direct way on your VR headset, but we prefer to do it from our computer. The reason is that it’s easier to navigate and download songs in bulk with your computer. Either way, we have instructions for both ways listed below!

What is BMBF Beat Saber?

BMBF is a mod manager for Beat Saber. It allows the installation of custom songs and mods into Beat Saber. BMBF is installed on your computer and also onto your Oculus Quest so that it can modify Beat Saber to allow customization.

BMBF integrates tightly with the bsaber website. You can bookmark songs on Bsaber and automatically sync them into your game using BMBF on your computer or headset. It’s the number one way to get real world songs into the game.

If this sounds complicated, don’t worry! Below we go through step by step instructions on how to use BMBF for Beat Saber properly.

Latest Version of Beat Saber and BMBF

The latest version of Beat Saber is v1.13.2 from January 22nd. The new update adds 90 Hz refresh rate support for the Oculus Quest. The last version of Beat Saber added graphical improvements for the new Oculus Quest 2 and also multiplayer support and leaderboards for songs.

The latest version of BMBF is v1.13.3 from January 27th. 1.13.3 of BMBF is required to get Beat Saber custom songs working with the 90 Hz version of the game.

Beat Saber v1.13.3 is THE ONLY VERSION compatible with BMBF v1.13.2. The old BMBF v1.12 is only compatible up to v1.12.1 which is the Quest 2 release day version with multiplayer.

Known Issues

  • MODDED GAMES DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO PLAY MULTIPLAYER! You have to choose between Beat Saber custom songs and Beat Saber multiplayer support by default. There is a tutorial for how to toggle between modded and unmodded versions of Beat Saber here.
  • The leaderboards for the original songs from the game do not work.
  • The latest release of BMBF requires all mod authors to update their mods. They will have to push out a new update before they work with this version.
  • Some playlist icons for OST may appear buggy in BMBF, they will appear normal in game.
  • Only 3 playlists are visible in game due to an issue in Beat Saber’s user interface. This will be solved very soon.
  • If accessing BMBF on your computer from your Quest 2, you must ensure that BMBF is currently open on your Quest 2 (visible in the headset).
  • Logging into from within the BMBF browser does not work. Use the Quest’s browser or use bookmark syncing.
  • Sometimes your game may fail to sync. You can resolve this by “resetting assets” from the tools menu.
  • Playlists may sometimes fail to install. If this happens, just try again or “Quick fix” and then try again.

Now that you know what is compatible with what, let’s show you how to install new songs in your Beat Saber game.

The instructions below are how to install BMBF from new. If you want to upgrade BMBF and Beat Saber to the latest versions listed above, click here.

Modded games DO NOT allow you to play multiplayer. You have to choose between Beat Saber custom songs and Beat Saber multiplayer support.

How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs With BMBF (New)

Before you use the method below to install Beat Saber custom songs, there are some important things you need to know. When you do this, you are modding Beat Saber and the game will work slightly different compared to other games installed on your headset.

  1. NEVER attempt to update to the latest version of Beat Saber from the Oculus menus
  2. NEVER attempt to uninstall Beat Saber from the Oculus menus
  3. DO NOT upgrade to the latest version of Beat Saber until it is verified that the latest version is compatible with your custom songs
  4. It is recommended that you backup your custom songs and custom playlists before performing any upgrades to Beat Saber

All Beat Saber mods and custom songs break each time the game is updated to the latest version. They require developers to make everything compatible with each latest version.

Computer Method

This guide shows you how to install custom songs from your computer onto Beat Saber with the BMBF mod. This will get you more songs on Beat Saber to play the next time you fire up your VR headset!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Install and Setup SideQuest

Sideload Onto The Oculus Quest: How to Use SideQuest VR

First off, use our SideQuest guide (don’t worry, it will open in a new tab) and follow the first 9 steps to set your Oculus in Developer Mode and get SideQuest installed on your computer. You can also choose to install AdbLink instead of SideQuest.

When you get to the step about choosing an APK to load onto SideQuest, come back here and follow the next step.

Install BMBF

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Go to the official BMBF page and download the latest stable version of BMBF. To use BMBF on your computer, you need the exe (Windows) or dmg (Mac) version.

If you plan on using BMBF directly on your VR headset, make sure you download the APK file too.

Launch BMBF

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Connect your VR headset to your computer and then launch BMBF. When you turn BMBF on, it should launch in your web browser.

If it doesn’t launch automatically, you can manually open BMBF using “Quest’s IP:5000”

Download Beat Saber Custom Songs

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The best place to download songs for Beat Saber is on the Bsaber website. Search through the website and click the download arrow under any song to download the zip file to your computer. Download as many songs are you wish.

Load Custom Songs onto Beat Saber

How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs in 2021 [Tutorial]

Go back to BMBF in your browser and drag and drop all of the custom songs you downloaded onto the window. Songs will be loaded onto Beat Saber.

Sync Custom Songs to Beat Saber

Lastly, to sync your songs onto Beat Saber, press the red Sync button in the top right corner.

And that’s it! Your Beat Saber custom songs will be now be available the next time you launch the game in your headset.

Bookmark + SyncSaber Method

You can also sync custom songs by popular artists onto Beat Saber without downloading them. The bookmark/SyncSaber method lets you save songs to your BSaber account and then synchronize them to Beat Saber. You don’t have to download any songs to your computer at all.

We didn’t put this as the primary method because the synchronization process isn’t 100% reliable. However, many people prefer this way and find it easier to load songs onto Beat Saber.

To do the bookmark method for loading Beat Saber custom songs, go to the BSaber website and click Log In on the top right corner.

How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs in 2021 [Tutorial]

Click the Register button at the bottom.

register bsaber account for beat saber custom songs

Enter in your username and password and then verify your account by clicking on the link in your email.

When you are logged in, you simply have to press the bookmark icon beside any song on BSaber to bookmark it to your account.

How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs in 2021 [Tutorial]

You can go nuts bookmarking as many songs as you want. When you are done, plug in your headset and launch BMBF.

Click on the SyncSaber link at the top.

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Simply enter in your BSaber account username and make sure that Bookmarks is checked on. If you’ve bookmarked over 100 songs, then increase the Max Songs so that everything gets moved to Beat Saber.

Click on Queue Downloads and SyncSaber will move all of the Beat Saber custom songs you’ve bookmarked onto the game.

You can now go and play Beat Saber with a ton of new songs! These two methods should both work fine.

If you are heaving any trouble loading Beat Saber custom songs, comment below and let us know!

How to Upgrade to BMBF v1.13.3 and to Beat Saber v1.13.2 (90 Hz version).

NOTE: These steps below should work if you are coming from BMBF v1.11 or later. If you are still running BMBF v1.10 or earlier, you need to uninstall Beat Saber and uninstall BMBF and run the base install instructions.

  1. First off, use our SideQuest guide (don’t worry, it will open in a new tab) and follow the first 9 steps to set your Oculus in Developer Mode and get SideQuest installed on your computer.
  2. Go to the official BMBF page and download the latest stable version of BMBF. BMBF is required in order to load Beat Saber custom songs into the game.
  3. If you have Beat Saber open in your Oculus Quest, quit out of it.
  4. OPTIONAL: If you want to backup Beat Saber songs and playlists to be safe, go here (link will open in a new tab) and then come back here.
  5. Plug your Quest into your computer and launch SideQuest VR. Make sure that SideQuest says CONNECTED in the top corner.
  6. Click the Currently Installed Apps icon (3×3 icon grid).
  7. Drag and drop the latest BMBF APK you downloaded above onto the SideQuest logo in the top left corner.
  8. In your Oculus Quest, run BMBF by navigating to Navigate > Library > Unknown Sources > BMBF
  9. Select Tools and then click Uninstall BS to uninstall Beat Saber. Click OK when you are done to be returned to the Oculus home screen.
  10. Navigate to Navigate > Library > Not Installed Apps. Wait until Beat Saber disappears from the list if it still needs a moment to refresh.
  11. Reinstall the latest version of Beat Saber, following the prompts as needed.
  12. Run Beat Saber and make sure all your downloaded content is there before exiting Beat Saber.
  13. Run BMBF again from Navigate > Library > Unknown Sources > BMBF. This time, a First Run BMBF Wizard should appear.
  14. Follow the first run wizard instructions as prompted. In some upgrades, you might be asked to uninstall the base Beat Saber, reinstall the modded version, and patch it. You should be asked to Restore your custom songs and playlists. Make sure to click the Sync button.
  15. Run Beat Saber and accept the request for permissions.
  16. Verify that everything works and is in tact.
  17. Exit Beat Saber
  18. Now you can restore your data and get back all of your Beat Saber custom songs.

If you have trouble upgrading BMBF and Beat Saber, comment down below at the bottom of this post. Make sure that you post the version numbers you are working with.

List of the Best Beat Saber Custom Songs

The songs below are the most popular real world songs for Beat Saber that fans have loaded into the game. You can click on any song below to open up the Bsaber website and sync them to your headset using the instructions above.

  1. PSY – Gangnam Style
  2. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
  3. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  4. Imagine Dragon – Believer
  5. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  6. Avicii – The Nights
  7. PSY – Daddy
  8. Muse – Uprising
  9. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  10. Skillet – Feel Invincible
  11. Daft Punk – Technologic
  12. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  13. Rammstein – Du Hast
  14. Panic at the Disco – The Greatest Showman
  15. Joey Batey – Toss a Coin to Your Watcher
  16. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
  17. Eminem – Love the Way You Lie (Feat. Rihanna)
  18. Dua Lipa – New Rules
  19. Fun. – Some Nights
  20. Boney M – Rasputin
  21. AC/DC – Back in Black
  22. Darude – Sandstorm
  23. Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
  24. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
  25. Halsey – Without Me (ILLENIUM Remix)

Beat Saber Mod FAQ

What does the “Restore the Patched Beat Saber – as it may be in violation of the Platform Abuse Policy” error mean?

If you see this Oculus error message in your headset when you launch Beat Saber, click on CLOSE and do not allow Oculus to restore the original version of Beat Saber on your headset.

This new error message appears for Oculus Quest 2 owners.

How to Install Beat Saber Custom Songs in 2021 [Tutorial]

Are Beat Saber custom songs illegal?

No, downloading and playing custom songs in Beat Saber is not illegal. For personal use, it is completely fine to use the steps above installing mods for Beat Saber and getting new songs.

How do you create your own Beat Saber maps?

If you’d like to create maps for your favorite songs in Beat Saber, there are a number of resources you can check out. The Beat Saber Mapping Guide is a wikipedia style resource that tutorials for everything you need. You can learn how to create your own maps, mod Beat Saber, and do a ton of other cool things. It’s our favorite custom modding group resource for Beat Saber.

If you prefer video tutorials, check out this series from Fruhead which walks you through step-by-step creating your own maps.

Does Mapping Extensions work with the latest version of Beat Saber?

Mapping Extensions is a Beat Saber mod that makes it easier for mappers to create their own custom songs. Maps created with Mapping Extensions require the user to have that mod installed on their headset in order to work. Mapping Extensions works with Beat Saber versions 1.8 up to 1.91. These versions are now obsolete and old. So if you keep your Beat Saber up to date, then do not download any songs that require Mapping Extensions.

Can You Play Beat Saber on the Oculus Go?

While technically possible to install and play Beat Saber on the Oculus Go, we do not think it is worth the effort. Among the reasons:

  • The Oculus Go only supports 3DoF (up, down, left, and right) so it’s not ideal for a 6DoF game like Beat Saber.
  • The Oculus Go only supports a single controller at a time.
  • The Oculus Go is now marked obsolete by Oculus and is no longer supported.

The Oculus Quest is a much better option if you are just getting into VR. Or wait for the Oculus Quest 2 announcement in September.

How do I make sure I keep my BMBF and Beat Saber mod version up to date?

We update our guide above each time a new version of either Beat Saber or BMBF is released. Bookmark this page and you will get step-by-step instructions on how to update as soon as each new version is released.

Do NOT follow old and out of date Youtube videos explaining this process because it can be slightly different for each new version that is released. Only follow tutorial guides that specifically list the version of BMBF and Beat Saber.

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