Modding 7 Days To Die with Vortex

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7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die is a survival horror video game set in an open world developed by The Fun Pimps.

Released: 2013

Genre: Survival Horror

Engine: Unity

Nexus Mods

This guide is designed to help you set up Vortex to install and manage mods for 7 Days to Die.


Before we get started, this guide assumes that you have installed 7 Days to Die and Vortex at their default locations. You will also need to be logged in to your Nexus Mods account in Vortex.

At the time of writing, this guide only applies to 7 Days to Die on Windows.

If you haven’t already, please run 7 Days to Die at least once before modding it.

Getting Set Up

To begin, open up Vortex and navigate to the games section. If you don’t already see 7 Days to Die 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 7 Days to Die, you can scan for it or define it manually.

Installing Mods

For 7 Days to Die, there are two different types of mods.

Type Description
Mods and Modlets Both mods and modlets follow the same basic file structure. These can be identified by the ModInfo.xml file located at the root of the mod archive. Each mod will be placed in its own folder inside the "Mods" folder in the game directory.

Below is the recommended file structure to use when uploading a mod of this type:

Overwrite mods These mods directly overwrite content in the base game. Currently, Vortex cannot install these mods for you.

To download any of these mods click either the "Vortex" button in the top right of the mod page or the "Mod Manager Download" button on the files tab.

Once all the files are in Vortex, install them and ensure the mods are deployed. You can then start the game using the play button in the top-left of Vortex.

Adjusting the load order

In some cases, you may need to adjust the order you mods are loaded in. The game handled this by alphabetical folder name. Vortex can automate the process in the "Load Order" tab. Drag the mod names into the order you wish to set, then switch back to the mods tab and click deploy to save changes.



Can I stop the admin prompts when deploying mods?

The admin prompts are caused by Vortex's Symlink deployment. This is often selected as the default, however, you can switch to Hardlink deployment under "Settings", then "Mods". You can learn more about the different deployment options here.