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. ctuck61
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    I am surprised at the negativity still floating around about this change. I started using Vortex while still in the alpha stage. Had a few hiccups, but got over them. How did I get past them? I researched answers to my questions. Nexus and GamerPoets has some great videos. Plus, I Googled for other answers.

    I am running 417 mods and my game is stable. NMM was never this stable. BUT....if you want to stay with NMM there are updated versions on GitHub, I used to go there before I took the leap of faith with Vortex. If nobody can change the API in NMM for downloading then you will have to download and install manually. It is not hard.

    Remember, everything on Nexus is free, quit acting like you took out a loan to use this service. I imagine at least 50% of those complaining have never donated to mod development, or paid to use this site. I put you folks in the same category with those who don't vote and yet *censored* about how things are ran.

    Again, I thank Nexus and the Vortex team for moving forward towards better stability.
  2. HadToRegister
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    As to the poster above me, there are thousands of users still using NMM. Are they also brain dead?
     


     
    WHY do you guys always go for that "WE ARE MANY, WE ARE LEGION" approach when it comes to fighting change and wanting to stick to outdated things?
    That's just an Argumentum ad populum.

    Who cares if there are "thousands of users" using NMM?
    There's millions of Nexus Members.
  3. HadToRegister
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    In response to post #64509266. #64512826, #64515326, #64517946, #64518821, #64519006, #64519246, #64519851, #64519941, #64520086 are all replies on the same post.


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    Alright, I would like some clarification, can I still auto download with NMM with the new up coming API. Yes or No?. Please explain more on this. I'm only interested in using NMM.
     


     
     
    YES
     
    You can even still download NMM by clicking on the Install Vortex Button, if you had bothered to actually try it, rather than just freaking out.
    You can also download the updated NMM from GitHub.

    I suggest you learn Vortex because it's superior to NMM in every way.
    Experimenting with load order without having to worry about physically overwriting files is one thing that makes Vortex the superior choice, along with automatic file conflict notification etc, but hey,

    I understand that some people would rather just crumple to the ground, lay on their backs and kick their feet.
     
  4. themaniac117
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    Vortex is garbage. It's an overdeveloped, messy, borked mess. Nice job sabotaging the original mod manager, which worked essentially out of the box. End of an era.
    1. slowman87
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      bulls***, I have been using this even since the alpha state. With NMM had several problems, crashes, and the tool suddenly stopped managing some files, making a mess of files. Go trow your garbage elsewhere!
    2. ErraticFox
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      I don't see why you're even complaining. Them building the Nexus Mods API is them literally making it so much easier for any one else (who has the knowledge) to build a mod manager or something similar to compete with their own Mod Manager.
    3. WishkahKid
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      One persons easy is another persons bullshit. keep it simple. NMM did just that. I'm really getting tired of those who use Vortex putting down NMM. It smells like propaganda. Bottom line, let people chose for themselves. Also, don't cut off NMM in your new API, as most of your users still use NMM., which by doing so only proves that you are trying to force folks to use your new Vortex.
    4. Ethreon
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      Nobody is forcing you to use anything, so cut the drama, we're not in a soap opera.
    5. Mentazm
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      Notice it's all the non-supporters complaining about Vortex!
    6. WishkahKid
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      Again, what has been said is the new up coming API will not support NMM. Which is more or less saying switch over to Vortex or else. Prove this different.
    7. Tannin42
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      The new API is public and documented, NMM is open-source.
      The old API hasn't been turned off, so there is time.
    8. Ethreon
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      Leaving aside the plethora of issues NMM has/had, the damn thing has been off for around 2 years. Nobody can force anyone to use a certain mod manager, so again quit the drama and the foot stomping. There's nothing to prove, you're arguing about a non-issue.
    9. Augusta Calidia
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      On the files page of every mod is a button labelled "Manual Download." Silly talk about Nexusmods "forcing" people to abandon NMM either simply ignores that fact or assumes that people are so brain dead they wouldn't know how to use the manual download option.
    10. WishkahKid
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      Alright, I would like some clarification, can I still auto download with NMM with the new up coming API. Yes or No?. Please explain more on this. I'm only interested in using NMM.
    11. WishkahKid
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      As to the poster above me, there are thousands of users still using NMM. Are they also brain dead?
  5. HadToRegister
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    Vortex is garbage. It's an overdeveloped, messy, borked mess. Nice job sabotaging the original mod manager, which worked essentially out of the box. End of an era.


     
     
    I suggest you take of your "Rose Colored Glasses of Nostalgia" and go read the tech support forum for NMM.
    Also, you dropped your hat


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  6. HadToRegister
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    Notice it's all the non-supporters complaining about Vortex!
     


     
    Yup, they're always the most vocal and most demanding while enjoying their free ride.
  7. HadToRegister
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    In response to post #64376296.


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    Question...with Vortex can I specifically tell one mod to always be at the bottom of my load order? Because some games don't play well with LOOT based sorting (F4, for instance) and if I can specifically tell Vortex that one mod always has to be at the bottom, I can build the rest of the list around it.
     


     
    YOu can do it a couple of ways.

    The way I get a mod to go to the bottom of the load order is to assign it to DYNAMIC PATCH, or OVERRIDE group.
    Another option is to double click the PLUGIN to open the right side window, there you can pick "LOCK MOD INDEX" and type in the mod index you want to lock it to.

    For instance, my load order, the last mod index is 82, so for the mod I wanted at the bottom, I would type in 82 as the mod index to lock to.

     
  8. Mentazm
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    I've recently got into FO4 modding after years of tampering with Skyrim using MO2. I switched over to Vortex to try it, and my word, well done. This is pretty painless to use compared to the other options out there. I think this might get less techy people into modding as it's really easy to sort out conflicts.
  9. MikhailScott
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    If NMM is updated like LOOT is will they be able to update it to comply with the new API?
    1. tajetaje
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      NMM is now depreciated, it won't be updated unless someone rewrites it to be compatible.
    2. WishkahKid
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      Figures. Forced update or else. What is being done to thousands of NMM users is bullshit.
  10. slowman87
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    Thanks for this great tool, also I have come to its defense. I have been using this even since the alpha state. With NMM had several problems, crashes, and the tool suddenly stopped managing some files, making a mess of files. Just had a little of problems in the firsts states, but noting serious, I solved the conflicts just by installing last, the mods with higher priority. Now the beta does the work, is powerful and with a great future!
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