Fix: Script Hook V Critical Error In GTA 5

Are you getting the annoying "SCRIPT HOOK V CRITICAL ERROR" in GTA 5? Here's a simple guide with a fix so you can play Grand Theft Auto again!

If you are a passionate gamer, it’s more than likely that you’re familiar with Grand Theft Auto, one of the most popular video games in the world.

Both the single-player and multiplayer game modes in this title offer endless hours of fun, but this can often be interrupted by unexpected errors, which are usually difficult to deal with without knowing the problem’s origin.

One of the errors you can encounter while playing GTA is the Script Hook V Critical Error, which we cover thoroughly in the guide below.

Here’s what you need to know.

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The Problem Explained

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Based on our research and what users who dealt with the problem had to say about the situation, the Script Hook V Critical Error appears shortly after the game has been updated.

Script Hook V is a library that allows you to use GTA V script native functions in custom ASI plugins, as stated on the official product website.  

The developers of the Script Hook V library modify the files to work with the current version of GTA V, so when the game receives an update, the library needs to be updated as well. Otherwise, it will make your game crash, and you’ll see the Critical Error message.

In some rarer scenarios, the reason your game crashes with the same error message is that the anti-cheat software detects Script Hook V and marks it as a potential cheat, therefore stopping the game from running on your system, as it believes you are using software to gain an unfair advantage.

Also, note that the script hook closes the game when you’re trying to launch it in multiplayer mode while using it, as that might be one of the reasons it’s crashing.

Fix 1: Wait For A Script Hook V Update

As much as users dislike hearing this, the best solution to overcome the Script Hook V Critical Error in GTA 5 is to wait for an update. This isn’t the only solution for the problem, but it is one that requires the least effort and is safest to do.

Based on previous experiences, a Script Hook V update arrives a week or two after GTA 5 receives an update. With that said, it’s not much time to wait, but if you want to play immediately, the next method listed below will show you how.

Fix 2: Revert To An Old Version Of The Game

If you recently updated GTA 5, chances are you will receive the Script Hook V Critical Error. You can fix this by reverting to the previous version of the game.

The video below will show you how to downgrade your GTA version.

Note: If you revert more versions than you should, the problem will remain as the Script Hook V version will still be different from the game version it was created for.

But, if you’re sure it’s just one version in question, you can revert to it and the game should work.

However, you should keep in mind that launching the game will start the automatic update-checker, so you’ll have to follow the steps in the video below as a workaround for this.


The Script Hook V Critical Error in GTA 5 can cause a lot of frustration, but the problem is easily solved by installing the latest Script Hook update, as mentioned in one of the methods above.

We recommend not updating GTA until the Script Hook V update gets released as well so you can avoid wasting time reverting to previous game versions.

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Bojan Veselinovikj
Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.