Mod Organizer 2 | Skyrim Special Edition

by Gemma

If you are looking for a tool for managing mod collections of arbitrary size. Don’t skip this Mod Organizer 2 (MO)! It’s a specific tool designed for players who would like to experiment with mods, an easy and reliable way to install and uninstall them.

Creator: LePresidente

Mod Organizer 2

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Nowmods requirements:

A Simple Splash Screen Colorful Separators for MO2
ATOM – Mod Organizer 2 Theme
Batch Plugin Cleaner for Mod OrganizerBrasil 200 anos de Independencia
Cinematic NextGen 2020 Reshade for low end PcCmdrspockncc1701’s Categories File for Mod
Creation Organizer – Mod for Creation Club (This file is an MO2 plugin. You need MO2 to use it)kj’s Lightweight Skyrim Setup (This guide is meant to be used with MO2.)
Icons in SkyUI header (RU)Highly Detailed MO2 Separators
Lotuses MO Separators for Fresh Installs and Mod GuidesLoadScreens Detalhadas em 3D
Manage Plugins between zEDITCategories for SEPTIM
Mod Organizer – Orphaned script extender save deleter plugin (This should work with any recent version of Mod Organizer (and may even work with MO1 if you want to delete non-SE co-saves)Save File Manager (This tool is designed to work with MO2. Other mod managers will likely not work.)
Splash Screen (Obviously you need MO2 for this to work!)New Transparent Skyrim Stylesheet for Mod Organizer 2 (MO2)
Mod Organizer Categories for STEP SE Guide (Mod Picker)Splash Screen – Intro Title Style
NIF Preview (3D Model Viewer) for Mod Organizer (2.4.3-2.4.4)Patrician’s MO2 Splash Screen
Remove NPC Forms for FaceGen patching Purposes.Prepare Merge
Splash Screens and Desktop IconSplash Themes Mod Organizer…
Sync Plugins with Mod Order – Mod Organizer 2 Plugin Version 2.4 or aboveTaverns Of Skyrim do not need but highly recommended
VSCode Skyrim SE Papyrus Project Template (Needed for the virtual filesystem support (for mods/projects in separate folders)Use FNIS and NEMESIS Together Required – Download the latest version
Zhalroth’s Patch Collection

Credits and distribution rights

  • Assets of other users: All of the assets in this file are either the author’s or free-to-use modder’s resources.
  • Upload authorization: Under no circumstances may you upload this file to other websites.
  • Permission to modify: You must obtain my permission before modifying my files in order to improve them.
  • Permission to convert: Under no circumstances are you permitted to convert this file for use in other games.
  • Permission to use an asset: You must obtain my permission before using any of the assets in this file.
  • Asset use permission in purchased mods/files: This file’s assets may not be used in any mods or files that are sold for money on Steam Workshop or other platforms.
  • Permission to use assets in mods/files that earn donation points: You cannot earn Donation Points for your mods if they use my assets.

Notes from the Author
This author has made no additional notes about file permissions.

File credits
Thanks to Tannin for making this GPL


Mod Organizer 2 Installation and Setup Guide 2022:


This mod is a mod manager created by Tannin to help the player with 64bit games such as Skyrim Special Edition and Fallout 4 besides all the 32bit games MO1 already supported.

This mod still maintains some issues. However, LePresidente managed to fix it to a usable state by himself after SkyrimSE came out, adding support for it, and releasing v2.0.8.

Credit: Tannin, LePresidente, Silarn, erasmux, AL12, LostDragonist, isa, AnyOldName3, Holt59 and many others for the development.


Mod Organizer 2 (MO2) is a feature-rich Mod Manager, advantages and specialized for Bethesda games.

It releases with the idea of not modifying the “vanilla” game installation in any way. The best thing to distinguish MO2 from traditional mod managers!

Uses a Virtual File System (VFS) instead of actually installing your mods into the Data folder of the game. Kept each in separate folders. The game INI configuration files are not touched and instead, MO2 uses it’s own set. This way mods are only “active” if the game is started from MO2, while if it’s started normally it will be in its “vanilla” unmodded state.

How to change the entire setup

Users change by clicking a few times on different Profiles of enabled mods. Each one has its own order of mods and plugins, and even its own set of INI files. Different from the ones in MyGames which are left untouched.

Change INI settings from within Mod Organizer 2 by using the integrated INI Editor. If need some other program to also see the installed mods, add it to the list of executables and start it from MO2, so that the mods may be shown.

Here is the list of all the games currently supported by MO2:

  •  Morrowind
  •  Oblivion(*)
  •  Fallout 3
  •  Fallout NV
  •  Tale of Two Wastelands (TTW)
  •  Skyrim
  •  Skyrim SE
  •  Skyrim VR 
  •  Fallout 4
  •  Fallout 4 VR
  •  Enderal (Steam Edition)

If you want to use OBSE with Mod Organizer 2, you need to follow these steps on GitHub:


  • Mods are kept completely isolated from each other -> no more messy data directory (1)
  • Profiles (2)
  • Drag & drop load order AND installation order management
  • Easy download, installation, and update of mods
  • GUI support for manual installers
  • Partial compatibility with BAIN and for mod installers
  • Savegame viewer
  • Activate required plugins from save game data
  • Archive Invalidation, Extraction
  • Limited file preview (text, textures)
  • Categorize mods for better overview (customizable)
  • Easy overview of file conflicts
  • Help and tutorial system
  • Manage multiple game instances from the same install
  • Supports Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout NV, Tale of Two Wastelands (TTW), Skyrim, Skyrim SE, Skyrim VR, Fallout 4, and Fallout 4 VR
  • The installer handles minimal dependencies. Standalone requires the MSVC 2019 redistributable.


Mod Organizer 2 is a 64bit application (requires a 64bit operating system to run). It works with the vast majority of tools that helps the mod work on the “virtual” data tree.

Among the tested applications are OBMM (though OMOD scripts may not compile properly), FOMM, MLOX, LOOT, Wrye Bash, FNIS, xEdit, DynDOLOD… and many more.

Reporting Issues

Please check the discord server: ModOrganizerDevs [] or the GitHub page: Github issues page [].


Mod Organizer 2 should not be installed inside a system-protected folder such as Programs Files (x86).  Avoid installing MO2 inside the Game folder as this causes problems with the vfs library.


Mod Organizer 2 depends on the MSVC 2019 runtime library. You must download and install this for MO2 to work properly (in addition to the extra steps written above). Download and install the x64 versions of the 2019 redistributable: 

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