Modding Bannerlord with Vortex
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is an action role-playing video game developed by TaleWorlds Entertainment.
This guide is designed to help you set up Vortex to install and manage mods for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. Please note that Vortex support for Bannerlord is actively being worked on and will soon include new features such as Load Order management (which is currently not reflected in the guide below).
Getting Set Up
To begin, open up Vortex and navigate to the games section. In the search bar at the top, type in "Bannerlord" and click the "Manage" button on the game tile.
A dialogue will appear asking you to confirm the download of the game extension for Bannerlord. Click "Download" in the bottom right to proceed.
Once the extension is installed (which should only take a few seconds) click "Restart now" in the notification that will appear in the top right corner.
Go back to the Games tab (click "Games" in the side menu) and search for Bannerlord again. This time, the button on the game tile should read "Activate". Click it and Vortex will be ready and set up to manage mods for Bannerlord.
In the Nexus Mods Bannerlord section, navigate to a mod you would like to download (Example: Bannerlord Tweaks). In the top right, you will see a button that reads "Download: Vortex". Click it and confirm to open the link with Vortex if your browser asks you for confirmation.
Once the mod is downloaded via Vortex (which for this example should only take a few seconds), click "Install" in the notification in the top right.
After the mod is installed, you can enable the mod for example by clicking the "Enable" button in the next notification that is raised by Vortex, again in the top right corner.
Tip: You can skip this step and simply auto-enable mods you have just installed by changing your Vortex settings. In the side menu, go to "Settings" and on the rider "Interface" toggle the option that says "Enable Mods when installed (in current profile)". This will make it so mods are immediately enabled as soon as they are installed.
Lastly, you need to run Bannerlord (click the play button in the top left) and tick the checkbox next to the mod we just installed and enabled in the game's launcher so it becomes active the next time you play.
Once the launcher appears, navigate to "Mods" and make sure to tick the checkbox next to the mod we just installed and enabled.
And that's it! The mod is now ready to be used ingame.
Does Vortex work with the Steam version of Kenshi?
Yes. Vortex can install and manage mods for both the Steam and GOG.com 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