Removing Vortex

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VortexLogoSmall.png This content applies to Vortex 0.16.9 and above.

If you wish to stop using Vortex, follow the recommended steps below to do so in the safest manner.

Optional Steps

These steps are not required but for a full removal of your mods, you can follow some or all of these steps.

Delete installed mods from Vortex

If you want to stop using Vortex entirely, you may also want to remove all mods installed by Vortex. This will clear out the install path of all files Vortex has installed. The safest way to do this is as follows:

In the Mods section, click on one of your files and press Ctrl + A to select all mods. This will reveal the batch menu at the bottom of the window.


From here, click the "Remove" button. In the delete popup, you will have the option to also remove the archive which was used to install the mod. After confirming, Vortex may take a few seconds to delete the requested files. You will need to do this for each game Vortex is managing.


Note: Leaving the archive intact will not remove it from the mods view in Vortex, it will be marked as uninstalled instead.

Delete or Move downloaded archives

If you did not choose to remove archives in the previous step or you would like to keep the archives for reinstalling mods in future, you can delete them or move them to a new location from within Vortex's download folder.


Navigate to the Settings > Download tab and beneath the "Download Path" header there is a clickable link that will open your download path folder. From here you can delete the files or move them to a new location.

Purge your mods

This step will remove all the files/folders created by Vortex from the mods directory of your game. This can be useful to remove leftover empty directories from mods Vortex had managed.

For this option to appear, you will need to enable advanced mode.


Clicking the "Purge" icon will remove all Vortex managed items from your game mods folder.

Uninstall the Vortex application

To remove to Vortex, you will uninstall it from your computer like any other app.

See this Microsoft Support article for an example.