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. ladyaurora
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    Will Vortex allow for installation across drives? For instance, I currently have SE on my C: drive (SSD) and NMM on my K: drive (HDD); will something like this be possible with Vortex or do they have to be on the same drive?

    NVM, found my answer.
  2. Wopatoolie
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    was nice effort from gopher to post sort of vid tutorials on vortex, but a few weeks ago when he did, i even commented on one that i thought it was a bit too early for him to be doing that seeing as this thing hasnt even been released to alpha yet. especially since many people, like myself, dont actually mod but use them (and fully appreciate those who do mod), and a lot of quirky things could happen those people dont understand so they try to tweak it themselves, wrecking their game or worse. i personally look forward to it but i wont use it til its fully released and i have a chance read about various bugs that may come up. i only use nmm for fo3, fonv & fo4 and generally have no probs with it anyway, so i can wait.
  3. sopmac45
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    Any idea why I cannot launch my game via SKSE from Vortex ? Suddenly, stopped working but I am able to launch it from the icon located in my desktop ... thanks !!
  4. sopmac45
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    Does anybody knows where is Vortex new version ( 0.13.4 ... ) because when I click above ( in the above article - this page - ), it took me to Vortex but the version is the old one or should I update directly from Vortex and if so, how to do that please ?

    Thanks ...

    NOTES : Solved.
    1. TheNinjaNeb
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      Uh, care to share? Asking for a friend.
  5. WNxOdy
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    Whoa whoa hold the damn phone here: you guys are building a *new* Mod Manager when you never even reached full version (v 1.0) of your old one? What the f***?
  6. GamerG1rl
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    Yes! I can't wait for the full release! I love both NMM and Mod Organizer but after having constant issues with mod organizer I switched back to NMM, so it will be nice to have a combination of each.
  7. StarfleetCommand
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    Can't wait! Been looking through Gopher's videos on Vortex and it looks very good, the Nexus team again delivers solid and user-friendly modding software, many kudos to the crew!
    1. sopmac45
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      Yep, I have watched all of them but still we are waiting for the one related to load order, mod dependencies, etc, which is the most important thing IMHO. Still nothing is posted by him and I can't wait for this video tutorial.
  8. kenta011
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    Haven't posted much on the nexus here, but a couple of things Id like to ask and point out. I'm wondering if this got answered or not (Seen it asked, but not sure if it was answered) will this mod manager be capable of virtual install? One thing I liked with MO or NMM able to install and run mods without them going directly to the Skyrim Directory. Secondly will this new mod manager have better assistance with mod conflicts? (grey face, neck seams, purple textures, bulk downloads, etc.) I use both mod managers and I honestly like NMM UI over MO due to it's easier to tweak your load orders. Bugs I've noticed are the common ones I've seen MO not properly installing files, and NMM freezing and crashing when overloaded with tasks. Wish I was able to take a crack at using this Mod Manager to see how it stands up to processing. I'm just looking for something I don't have to deal with uninstalling and reinstalling my Skyrim over and over when i'm making changes to load order and neither having to load up old LOOT masterlists and changing patches and patch names that end up cluttering my disk space.
    1. TheCoolCrushIceKilla
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      MO not properly installing files? Is Data set to Top Level and Looks Good?
  9. maarten1980
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    Aaah thanks so much, finely a replacement for this horrible nmm. Will Vortex at least make use of my pc's power, not like nmm taking ages to install something while cpu never goes above 5% usage? And when i push delete mod, will it actually delete the mod 100% of the time, unlike nmm? And when i only select a mod will it not open name change option half the time? plsssss
  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.