Official Vortex Beta Release

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In early 2017 we set out to develop an entirely new mod manager. It was our intention to create a mod manager that would be a suitable replacement for our ageing Nexus Mod Manager and combine its simplicity with a more powerful set of tools and features designed to make modding as accessible as possible to all types of modders - newcomers and veterans alike.

We gave this project the name Vortex, and our lead developer Tannin has been working on it along with our new Vortex developer Nagev to ensure that Vortex is powerful, easy to use, and accessible to a wide array of modders. If you’d like, you can get a breakdown of Vortex’s key features on our dedicated page.

After more than two years of development which involved an open alpha that started in January 2018, Vortex is now in a state where it is both stable and “feature complete”. That's not to say that we won't be adding plenty of new features to Vortex in the coming years, but the Vortex of today is one that will be a more than able mod management tool for the vast majority of mod users. We are therefore proud to roll out the Vortex beta to you, our community, in the hopes that Vortex will help you organise and fine tune your load orders and modding installations, as it has helped so many users during the alpha phase.

If you have a perfectly functioning load order and stable modded game then we highly recommend you do not move over to Vortex at this time. The main focus of Vortex is on making your game as easy to mod as possible, in the most stable way, with the least amount of effort and if your game is already stable, there's no point making even a small effort to move over. However, for many of you who have been plagued by mod conflicts and issues, or who are starting a new playthrough or who just want to try out something new, Vortex might be a great fit.

If you need help deciding whether Vortex is right for you, you can find out in our help center.

If you have decided for yourself that you want to give Vortex a try, you can download it here. We’ll also be updating anywhere on our website that points to Nexus Mod Manager.


Vortex beta

We’re releasing Vortex as a beta because there are likely to be more pesky bugs we need to squash, however, it’s currently very stable and we’re confident enough in both its abilities and its state to make it the primary mod manager of Nexus Mods.

The beta is not intended to last forever, we have a clear roadmap of where we want to be before we officially hit the 1.0 full release and we’ll be listening to your feedback along the way. It is our utmost and realistic hope that this beta phase will not last any longer than the alpha stage has lasted.

In preparation for this announcement, we’ve been hard at work writing some helpful documentation to explain Vortex’s various features. We chose to put this on the wiki so anyone in the community can add their own articles and advice for using Vortex, and to help us ensure the content is up to date.

If you make tools for modders or have an idea for a great extension for Vortex you can check out our development documentation here.


Nexus Mods API - Coming soon…

The beta release of Vortex is a major milestone in the future of Nexus Mods. With that in mind we have another project we’re working on in the background to announce, the Nexus Mods API.

To offer deeper integration with our website and services we will be opening our new API to the public in the near future. What this means is, 3rd party applications and websites will be able to access data from Nexus Mods in a more robust and modern way than they do currently.

At the moment, Nexus Mod Manager and Mod Organizer (among others) use our older hook to work with the site, but as we continue to bring our code base up to date these applications will need to be updated to use our new API. We won’t cut off support straight away though, we’ll be working with these developers to allow a fair transition period before the old systems are turned off entirely. Of course, older versions of these programs will no longer be able to download directly from Nexus Mods after this time, but they will still work for manual mod installations.

We’ll be bringing you more information on our API closer to the time, so stay tuned!

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  1. Augusta Calidia
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    If I switch from NMM to Vortex, will all my mods that I had in NMM automatically switch over, or will they be removed? Just finished a playthrough of an 18 hour long mod, and don't want to lose a maxed save.


    No, your mods are not automatically switched over.  You have to make that happen by importing them and/or moving them manually.
     
    What do you mean by "removed?"  Do you mean "deleted?"
     
    If you are thinking about moving an ongoing game from NMM to Vortex, don't do it.  Enjoy your game with NMM.  When finished and ready for a new game, then you may want to consider using Vortex.
  2. spykrim
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    If I switch from NMM to Vortex, will all my mods that I had in NMM automatically switch over, or will they be removed? Just finished a playthrough of an 18 hour long mod, and don't want to lose a maxed save.
  3. CplNumbnuts
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    Question. Can we still use the old mod manager even after the new one is finished?
    1. Augusta Calidia
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      Yes. However, you may have to download your mods manually.
    2. CplNumbnuts
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      Thanks for the clarification. Might try Vortex in the future. Hope it does good.
  4. derpington83
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    unable to add...ANY mass effect games(obtained legally through...origin) i've pointed right at the directory. It's almost as if vortex doesnt have the correct permisiions.
    1. Dark0ne
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      Vortex does not support the Mass Effect games. The list of games it supports can be found on the download page for Vortex, or within the Games -> Supported Games section of Vortex itself.
  5. OverSixThousand
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    Any chance for Symlink to work for F4 and SSE? I have 40 GB of mods for them and I really don't want to fill 40 GB of my SSD, neither I want to move the games on a HDD since it's slow.


    I highly recommend just filling your SSD. Right now I have 2GB of free space left from my 55GB of mods and skyrim SE on my ssd, and there is no chance I will uninstall for something else. Used to be Battlefield 1, then GTA5, then 1-2 smaller but amazing games, but the updates made them too big for my 120gb SSD with ~85gb of free space for gaming most of the time. Eventually migrated skyrim se to my ssd from my 500gb HDD, and the loading times, stability, FPS, all these things are more stable. Definitely worth it for me. 
     
    Although I am using mod organizer I don't know why I am commenting here.
  6. NightHunter93
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    Any chance for Symlink to work for F4 and SSE? I have 40 GB of mods for them and I really don't want to fill 40 GB of my SSD, neither I want to move the games on a HDD since it's slow.
  7. ANGRYWOLVERINE
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    Well there was a vortex update today so I installed it. But it seems to have broken the link between vortex and the game saves so they won't show up on the saves screen for vortex and aren't there when you try to play the game.
     
    I had been very frustrated with NMM so I went to the trouble of getting vortex to install and running it.One day it failed to work but it seemingly fixed itself and worked fine up until  this morniing where I saw there was a vortex update inslalled it and now it doesn't recognize its game saves. The saves are still present in the right folder .Vortex doesn't recognize them anymore for some reason.Likely because of the update.
     
    I hadn't gone very far with this F4 build so I can start over. No big deal.Obviously Vortex is a WIP although I applaud Tanin.I still feel he should have finished MO2 before he went to work for the dark one. I can't run MO2 as it runs over into my skyrim LE files for some reason in another folder so I had to choose Vortex I felt. MO2 still has issues I feel and the old NMM is troublesome so Vortex should be the solution .But like I said it is still a WIP.
  8. 1ae0bfb8
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    what you learned today, is wrong.
    you can still dowload mods with NMM. That has never, not once, changed.
    I suggest you go back and learn some more.
    1. SaulieSaul
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      Ok then, how? the only option I can see to download with a MM is for Vortex? Clicking the icon to download with NMM does nothing? Mr.Tibbs
    2. CyanideInsanity
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      Open NMM and in the settings un/recheck 'associate with nxm urls'. AFAIK on the website all thats been changed so far is just the text on the download button, nothing under the hood. I can still use the unofficial NNM build for FO4VR just fine.
    3. LokiWolf90
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      I can't uncheck any associations. The options are grayed out.
    4. VarisXL
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      Run NMM as admin LokiWolf. Should allow you to edit it.
  9. Augusta Calidia
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    Love the new Vortex. I use it while playing Skyrim SE the only thing is that it really slows down game play at every save. Is there a why to disable Vortex with the game saves?


     
    If you're running Vortex in the background, and you think this might be the cause of the slow down, then turn off Vortex.  You can run your game without Vortex.  However, I doubt that Vortex is the source of your problem.  When I play Skyrim SE with Vortex running in the background, Vortex takes up only about 340 MB of disk space.  That's just not enough to cause slow down issues.  Perhaps you should look elsewhere for the cause of the slow downs.
    1. Balloo95
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      Closed Vortex now the lag between loading screens and saves are gone . Thanks for the suggestion.
  10. SugarNspikeS
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    Okay, so I installed vortex and started installing mods for skyrim SE. I loaded them, enabled them and deployed them. I went to launch the game through the app and gave it permission to alter the game, I get the little hourglass icon for a few seconds then it just stops, the game will no longer load unless I reinstall it and uninstall vortex. The Mod Manager was working just fine, but the added steps of having to download the mods manually and all of them ending up under the "unassigned" folder has made things quite difficult. I have tried reinstalling vortex a few times with other mods and the only time it worked was when I launched the game with no mods installed. I'm disappointed as it was a great design and easy-to-use interface, but sadly I can't use it if it won't launch the game.
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