Programs and Utilities

Below is a short list of programs and utilities that everyone should find helpful. (For a full list of nearly 300 utilities, check out the Nexus here.) Feel free to suggest another utility to be added to the list.

 

Mod Description
video link SKSE - Skyrim Script Extender Video: How to install SKSE ** NOTE: SKSE now comes with an automated installer ** Extends scripting capabilities of Vanilla Skyrim. Required by many mods.
video link Mod Organizer The recommended and more capable alternative to Nexus Mod Manager. Like NMM, it also integrates with Nexus for easy 1-click downloading but it isolates installed mods and uses virtual directories so nothing in your actual data directory is ever overwritten. Lets you create multiple profiles to manage different mod collections, ini files, characters, and save games. Slightly higher learning curve than Nexus Mod Manager but it will save a lot of time in the long run. Watch these video tutorials >> Basic Tutorial Video | Advanced Tutorial Video... or watch this video tutorial series... or read this written tutorial guide
video link Nexus Mod Manager A free utility that makes it fast and easy to download, install, update and manage mods. A slightly easier-to-use alternative to Mod Organizer. A very good mod manager for beginning modders. Watch video tutorial
video link Wrye Bash Some people use this as their primary mod management tool but most people use NMM or MO and only use Wrye Bash to create "Bashed Patches" - merging leveled lists from 2+ conflicting mods so that items from both mods will appear in leveled lists in the game. (Watch video tutorial | view guide).
video link BOSS Essential for anyone who mods. A one-click program that quickly optimizes mod load order to avoid conflicts. Used in conjunction with NMM, MO or Wrye Bash. Always run BOSS again after adding or removing a mod.
video link TES5Edit An .esp viewer and conflict detector that can improve stability by automatically finding and removing dirty edits and replacing deleted objects with disabled objects. Recommend anyone who plays with mods to clean their master files as explained in this video. (view TES5Edit Cleaning Guide)
video link Merge Plugins TES5Edit Script If you've reached the 255 mod limit, this script helps to automates the mod merging process in Tes5Edit.
video link Script Dragon Adds additional scripting capabilities needed by some mods. (Look for [SD] indicator in the mod description of the GEMS homepage)
** NOTE: Click on "Skyrim" in the left-hand navigation to access the download link **
video link Skyrim Performance Monitor An external utiltity to track and benchmark system resource usage based on currently-installed mods - Memory, VRAM, CPU, GPU, FPS, etc.
Texture Pack Combiner A utility that merges up to 60+ different texture packs by hand-picking textures from each one, putting them all together into a single, fully-compatible and load-order-free package.
Optimizer Textures Optimizes textures for improved performance
video link ReProccer - Automated SkyRe patch generator Automated SkyRe compatibility patch generator for weapons, armor, ammunition and alchemy mods to make them compatible with T3nd0's Skyrim Redone. Watch this video explaining the problem and how this mod solves it.
video link Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS Allows other mods to add different types of animations to the game: idles/poses, sequenced, arm offset, furniture, and paired animations, killmoves, and creature animations. Watch video for instructions on how to install and use.
video link ENB Manger and Changer Allows users to easily switch between ENB configurations
video link Skyrim configurator An external GUI interface to configure the Skyrim configuration files
Personalized Music - Add your own music to Skyrim Lets you add your own choice of music to skyrim. Add-ons totaling 900 tracks can be downloaded.

 

SKSE (with Skryim 1.6 and later) - by Gopher

1. What is SkSE (1:42)
2. How to install SKSE (3:56)
3. How to launch the game with SKSE running (11:39)

 

Mod Organizer - A Beginner's Guide (by Mark Hollis)

 

Mod Organizer - An Advanced Guide (by Mark Hollis)

 

Nexus Mod Manager Tutorial (by Gopher)

1. Introduction and "What is the Nexus Mod Manager" (0:00)

Setting up NMM
1. Downloading and installing NMM (02:06)
2. Running NMM for the first time (04:24)
3. Switching games, getting your mods to work with FOMM and NMM, and issues with OBMM (06:50)
4. Advanced installation with NMM and FOMM together (11:03)

Installing mods using NMM
1. Installing a simple mod (14:19)
2. Scripted installers (18:52)
3. Mods that do not work with NMM (19:57)
4. Mods that need a little work before installing (21:07)

Managing your mods
1. General Mod Management (25:44)
2. Updating your mods (29:43)

 

How to use BOSS (by Gopher)

 

TES5Edit - How to clean your master files to improve game stability

(recommended for all players who play with mods)


Wrye Bash - How to Create Bashed Patches (by An3d1n)

 

How to install Script Dragon (by Gopher)


ENBs - What they are & How to use ENB Manager and Changer