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What is Vortex?

Vortex is the new, modern mod manager from Nexus Mods. It is designed to make modding your game as simple as possible for new users, while still providing enough control for more experienced veterans of the modding scene. Lead by Tannin, the creator of Mod Organizer, Vortex takes the lessons learnt during the development of MO and Nexus Mod Manager to provide the most powerful and intuitive modding experience available.

Our approach with Vortex aims to take complex tasks such as sorting your load order or managing your mod files and automates as much of the process as possible with the goal of having you achieve a stable modded game with minimal effort. We want to help you spend less time modding and more time playing your games. 

Why Vortex?

With mod support for over 30 different games and counting - from Dark Souls, Fallout and Skyrim, to the Witcher series and Stardew Valley - Vortex is the most versatile mod manager available.

Vortex is designed to seamlessly interact with Nexus Mods allowing you to easily find, install, and play mods from our site, learn about new files and catch the latest news.

The built-in auto-sorting system manages your load order and helps you to resolve mod conflicts with powerful, yet easy to use plugin management features.

Easily set up, switch between, and manage independent mod profiles enabling you to use exactly the combination of mods that you want for a particular playthrough.

Featuring a fully customisable interface, Vortex allows you to quickly and easily access tools and manage your games, plugins, downloads and save games.

Vortex is released under a GPL-3 License giving our community the ability to write extensions and frameworks which can then interact with Vortex, continually adding to its functionality.

What do you mean by 'beta'?

Beta phase generally begins when the software is feature complete but likely to contain a number of known or unknown bugs. Software in the beta phase will generally have many more bugs in it than completed software, as well as speed/performance issues and may still cause crashes or data loss. The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users, often incorporating usability testing.

Vortex has graduated from its initial alpha testing phase and we're now ready to open it up as the preferred mod manager for Nexus Mods users. While Vortex includes all the features we intended to bring to a full release, there may still be things we can tweak to improve performance and usability. There can also be bugs in the software from time-to-time that were not uncovered during the alpha release.

We have a clear roadmap of milestones we need to hit before Vortex leaves beta and has it's first 'full' release. If you wish to continue helping us test Vortex and be on the bleeding edge of new feature releases, we are still offering access to our 'testing' updates which will be pushed out to early adopters before regular users. This can be changed in your Vortex settings menu.

Supported games

Vortex currently supports over 50 titles, with more being added by both our developers and the Nexus Mods community. Anywhere you see the 'Download with manager' button on our site, Vortex can handle that mod. 

Does Vortex replace NMM/MO/my current mod manager?

We're not expecting everyone to immediately jump ship to Vortex, but we feel it is ready if you want to try it out. If you currently have a stable working mod setup with an alternative mod manager you can stick with it, but you might find Vortex a good alternative for your next modding setup.

Many users have been able to switch over fully during the Alpha release between February and October 2018. There will be a small learning curve while you get used to the new way Vortex does things, but we hope the built-in help and support will help you easily adapt. Vortex has all the features you need to mod your game and if it is missing something important, let us know in the forums so we can improve it. 

With all this in mind, we are officially replacing NMM on the site, including the download button and link in the site header. You can download Vortex and its translations or extensions from our own Nexus Mods game page.

Help and Support

Vortex is now the primary mod manager of Nexus Mods, so we intend to provide support for our users. You can visit our dedicated help section for Vortex, visit the Vortex forums or check one of our popular help topics below.


Vortex contains a feedback and bug reporting system built into the software, which can be accessed from the menu in the top-right corner. In the event Vortex crashes. you will be given a similar report option. If you experience issues while using the software please report them using these methods, providing detailed information about what you were doing at the time the problem occurred. This is the direct line to Tannin and the fastest way of getting any bugs spotted and fixed.

For Developers

The source code is available on GitHub.
There is further information about how the code is structured, how to extend it and so on in the Vortex Code Development forums.