Limited Vortex alpha release today, full release soon

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Hello everyone,

For over a year now we've been working on a mod manager to replace the ailing Nexus Mod Manager. The premise was simple, attempt to combine the simplicity of the Nexus Mod Manager with the advanced functionality of Mod Organizer and create something that is accessible to all types of modders. Back in May of 2017 we named this replacement "Vortex" and we aimed for a January 2018 release date.

With that in mind, the full release of Vortex is almost upon us. To give us a bit more time to polish things up (more on the web side than the application side) we're aiming for a full unlimited alpha release of Vortex on the week starting the 12th of February.

In the meantime, we would really like to do some limited testing of our software and do a small stress test of our brand new online API service. So today, Wednesday the 31st, we will be doing a very limited release of Vortex of around 1,000 users. I plan to spread out the release through the day to try and give a chance to people from different time zones, likely opening up downloads to 200 unique users every 3 hours or so from midday GMT until I go to bed.

After discussing this at length with Tannin and the web programmers we felt a limited release over the next couple of weeks would be the most beneficial for us, allowing us to test our all new API functionality in a controlled environment in an attempt to avert the issues of the past where we inadvertently managed to DDoS our own servers with NMM releases, while also providing additional feedback for Tannin on the software side.

Vortex will be offered up for download in our mod database as its own file page. It will be left visible until 200 unique downloads have been reached, then we'll hide it again for 3 hours before making it available to a further 200 unique downloads. And so on, and so forth.

For this limited release, you will only be able to use Vortex if you first login to the software and we will be limiting the number of users who can login to Vortex via our API so even if the Vortex installer gets shared elsewhere on the internet, we'll still only allow a limited number of users to access the online services Vortex provides. This limitation will not be in the full unlimited release in two weeks time and you will be able to use Vortex without first having to login in at that point.

You should never trust any download links provided for our software anywhere other than on Nexus Mods, so if you see Vortex on other sites I highly recommend you don't install it. Not just because you're potentially inconveniencing us (and the community) by overloading our services, but also because you cannot trust the file is safe to use.

We'll also know who is using the service without downloading it from Nexus Mods, as we can correlate our download information with API logins on the site. If you're logging in but the download stats show you haven't downloaded Vortex from Nexus Mods then you've been naughty!

With the full unlimited alpha release of Vortex less than two weeks away I please ask that you think of the community, and us, and only download Vortex if you're legitimately going to use it and test it extensively over the next two weeks. If you're not going to get around to doing that within two weeks, and you're not willing to troubleshoot potential issues both with the software and with your mod setups, then please just wait! If we can get 1,000 users who thoroughly use Vortex it will provide us with an invaluable source of feedback that will mean we can improve and iterate on the software, to the benefit of everyone, that much quicker. Thank you for your understanding.

Before you enter into this process please have a think about the type of user you are and whether being a first adopter of the software is right for you, and us.

Most importantly, this is alpha software. As such, our advice would be to try out Vortex, attempt to get it setup and working with your games, but do not switch over from your usual day-to-day modding setup straight away. If you're not comfortable with this or you're chomping at the bit to switch over completely, the software likely isn't ready for your use type and we do not recommend downloading Vortex until we do the full unlimited alpha release and you see the feedback coming from other users.

Vortex installs as a separate application on your computer. Any existing installations and setups you have of NMM and/or MO will not be affected by you installing and using Vortex. The only thing that will be affected is how NXM (download) links are handled on the site, e.g. what application starts and downloads files when you click the "Download with manager" button on the site.

Vortex includes an "Import from NMM" functionality that will attempt to copy your mod setup from NMM. This is non-destructive and will not impact your NMM setup. Because of the (now) archaic way that NMM handles files in the data folder, we recommend disabling any mods you have installed in NMM (or switching to an empty profile, that will in turn clear up any files NMM has placed in your game data folder) if your import to Vortex is successful. This is because Vortex and NMM both try to keep track of which files they've installed, and using multiple modding tools for the same game at the same time makes that difficult. If you need to revert back to NMM, you can simply disable Vortex and reapply your NMM profile to return your setup to how it was before.

As always, please backup your current modding setups in case the worst happens. Ensure you create a safe copy of your mod installations somewhere else so that you can restore from this backup in case of a problem.

Even though the file page has been added to Skyrim Special Edition Nexus, the software currently supports 28 different games and we are looking for as much feedback on how Vortex works with all of these games. The games are:
  • Breaking Wheel
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Souls 2
  • Dragon Age
  • Dragone Age 2
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Factorio
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • Morrowind
  • No Man's Sky
  • Oblivion
  • The Sims 3
  • The Sims 4
  • Skyrim
  • Skyrim Special Edition
  • Starbound
  • State of Decay
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • War Thunder
  • The Witcher 2
  • The Witcher 3
  • World of Tanks
  • X-COM 2
  • X: Rebirth

Vortex contains a feedback and bug reporting system built in to the software. 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 occured. We'll be opening up a feedback forum shortly where you can discuss the software in detail.

We appreciate the patience most of you have shown over the past 18 months and hope we can hit the ground running with our official alpha release of Vortex in a couple of week's time. We're extremely happy with how the software has shaped up and its potential for the future, and we hope once you get to use it properly, you will be too.

When Vortex is available for download during this limited test run, it will be found on this page. We have also opened a new Vortex forum for users to discuss the software.


  1. Scorpion6276
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    This thing is broken!!! The installer is not compatible with older mods, sometimes doesn't even install them, and gods help you with the conflicting files from multiple mods! And where's the button to disable all the plug-ins? NMM was simple and efficient! Vortex is broken! Did you even test this?
  2. yavin1997
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    WIll I be forced to switch to Vortex in the future or will I continue to be able to download mods directly to the nexus mod manager indefinitely? Id rather not switch honestly, at least for me NMM works perfectly, fulfils all my needs and feels intuitive, I personally have no reason or desire to switch to a different mod management tool.
  3. Kaitlynn
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    Sweet, can I take part in the Beta, please. I have games like Kingdom Come Deliverance and some others NMM does not support.
  4. Dark0ne
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    We're talking a matter of months until we go into Beta at which point Vortex will replace NMM as the main mod manager and will be the software linked to at the top of the site.
    We haven't road mapped our timetable for a 1.0 release yet, but I'd hope it isn't much longer than how long it's taken the software to go from Alpha to Beta.
    1. Sorpaijen
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      Sweet! If Vortex beta is as stable as NMM beta has been, I'll be glad to swap!
  5. Sorpaijen
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    I know "soon" means Soon (tm), in other words, when it's ready.... but is there any ETA on a more public release of Vortex? 2018? 2020?
  6. btasqan
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    When will a search field for mods be implemented like in NMM?

    I switched to Vortex and wanted to install specific mods first, then I noticed there was no search field, meaning I have to scroll endlessly up and down to look for mods by alphabetical order.This makes vortex useless for my 300+ mod Skyrim. atm.

    EDIT: I found the search bar. It is enabled with advanced mod. Now we are talking bizness.
  7. Olgark
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    vortex broke my working and modded version of Skyrim SE, Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 and Fallout 4 VR. The manager will enable and disable mods at random as well, also when I download a mod it doesn't show up in the mod list for me to click install.

    Each time I use Vortex it breaks the fresh install of the games I have mentioned above and they do not work with it. The UI is not intuitive at all unlike the Nexus Mod manager.
  8. Lanaru1
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    Is there any reason why manually updating F4SE or manually reinstalling SKSE tends to break vortex? I like this setup, like its really clean but this is a problem. I am unable to properly manage and switch my mod list over to Fallout 4 due to this bug.
  9. chinamanch
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    Jeeeez !!! no wonder nexus mod manager no longer works :( now I just have to relearn everything again.
  10. TheDespicableMind
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    I see there is a downloads folder and mods folder, so the same files are in two places thus taking up more precious SSD space
    Do we need to keep the files inside the downloads folder or...?

    PS Thank you for Vortex, I love it!
    1. J.O.D.
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      Well, you need the downloaded archive, if you want to reinstall a mod with different install options. The mod folder contains unpacked mod, but only the options you have chosen during install, nothing more.

      BTW: I have the download folder on regular HDD, while the mod folder and Fallout 4 are on SSD.
    2. GlassDeviant
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      Put your downloads on another drive. You can configure practically every mod manager that exists to store your downloads wherever you want.

      Honestly, does nobody else store their downloaded mods, so they don't ever have to download them again unless a new version comes out? HDDs are cheap, I have a 2TB one JUST for storing game related stuff (mods, updates, maps, etc.). SSDs are for performance, so you only need stuff that's in use to be on them, which means (arguably) your OS, games, and active/installed mods.