Modding Kenshi with Vortex

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Kenshi is a role-playing video game developed and published by Lo-Fi Games for Windows.

Released: 2018

Genre: RPG

Engine: OGRE

Nexus Mods

 This guide is designed to help you set up Vortex to install and manage mods for Kenshi.



Before we get started, this guide assumes that you have installed Kenshi and Vortex at their default locations. You will also need to be logged in to your Nexus Mods account in Vortex.

Getting Set Up

To begin, open up Vortex and navigate to the games section. If you don’t already see Kenshi under the “Managed” tab, check the “Discovered” section. Use the “Manage” button on the game tile to add it to your managed games.


If you can’t see Kenshi, you can scan for it or define it manually.

The first time you activate support for the game, Windows may prompt you to allow Vortex to make changes to the files on your computer. Accept this prompt to continue.




Installing Mods

For Kenshi, all mods follow a predictable install pattern meaning there are no additional considerations for different types of mods.

To get started you'll need to visit the Nexus Mods page for Kenshi and choose a mod you'd like to download.

On the mod page, there are two buttons that will download the mod directly through Vortex.


One button, in the top right, will download the primary file for this mod immediately. Alternatively, if you'd rather check which file you're downloading, head to the "Files" tab of the mod page and use the "Mod Manager Download" button on the file.


Once the file has downloaded via Vortex, click the "Install" button in the notification or navigate to the "Mods" section within Vortex and click on the "Never installed" button. Once the installation is complete, the button will change to say "Disabled". Click on it again to enable the mod (or use the button in the notification).

You can now start the game by pressing the "Play" button on the game art in the top left of Vortex. This will bring up the game's launcher. Please make sure to tick the box next to the mods you have enabled in Vortex for them to be able to be loaded correctly.


To verify that your mods are installed, check the mods menu in-game. For new levels, you'll need to speak to the Mafia in the Mail Room of your ship (requires the Ice Hat and 8 Time Pieces to access it).



Does Vortex work with the Steam version of Kenshi?

Yes. Vortex can install and manage mods for both the Steam and versions of the game. Only mods installed from Nexus Mods (or manually dropped into Vortex) will be visible in the app though. You can still use mods from Steam Workshop together with mods installed through Vortex, but you will have to manually manage those or use the workshops subscription system if you want to un- or re-install those.


I'm getting a security prompt each time I install a mod, can I stop that?

Depending on your settings, Vortex may select "Symlink Deployment (Run as Administrator)" as the default. This is perfectly fine to use but will require you to accept a security prompt from Windows each time you deploy or change your mods.

To avoid this, you may want to go to Settings > Mods and change the deployment method to "Hardlink deployment", then click "Apply". This will require one final security prompt to save the change.

See also: Deployment Methods