โ”Using Mods

Modding your game, for users

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Summary

Published: Jun 15, 2023 by manavortex Last documented update: May 29 2024, by manavortex

This page will teach you how to install mods manually.

We strongly recommend using a mod manager. You have the following options (the links go to wiki pages with more information):

Vortex Mod Manager (Nexus Mod Manager)

MO2 (Mod Organizer 2) (known from e.g. Skyrim and Fallout)

It is possible to mod your game fully manually (and in fact, many modders do exactly that), but you have to understand the stuff on this page.

Mod managers will save you from that effort.

How to install mods

TL;DR: Your mods will not work unless you

When you fuck things up, hit up Troubleshooting or run mod remover and start over.

To see an Overview of mod folders, scroll down.

How do I mod?

You mod Cyberpunk 2077 by adding files to your game directory. The game natively supports modding, and the core mods will take care of everything else.

The game directory is the toplevel folder of your game install.

Unless you changed the default settings, it will be installed to:

STEAM C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Cyberpunk 2077\

GOG C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\Cyberpunk 2077\

Epic

C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Cyberpunk 2077\

You can install mods by using Vortex/Mod Organizer 2, or by hand.

Regardless of your past experiences, the Nexus Mod Manager Vortex works reliably and well for modding Cyberpunk.

What are dependencies / requirements?

For more detailed information, see Users: troubleshooting requirements.

TL;DR:

Unless a requirement is marked as optional, your mod will not work until you install all of them.

Some requirements have requirements of their own. Make sure to check.

Although Cyberpunk natively supports modding, this out-of-the-box support is limited. To allow greater freedom, a number of core mods have been created to allow e.g. adding items, influencing the weather, or add flying cars.

Since this kind of mod interacts with the game's executable (.exe), they will break every time CDPR updates. This is the reason why game updates break mods โ€” we recommend to turn off auto-update and manually upgrading once the frameworks you need have been brought up-to-date. To learn more about this, check Core Mods explained.

Overview of mod folders

TL;DR: you can ignore this unless you want to understand how things work, or want to install mods manually.

This list is supposed to give you an overview of which files go where. It is not a bucket list of things you have to install.

To learn more about the individual frameworks, check Core Mods explained

Directoryexplanation

\mods

REDmod directory: contains .archive mods (in subfolders). Contains only a .stub file if empty.

\archive\pc\mod

Default mod directory: contains .archive mods and .xl files in legacy (non-REDmod) format. Most of your mods should be here.

\bin\x64\plugins

\r6\scripts

Redscript mods (not the same as REDmod)

\r6\tweaks

red4ext tweaks

\archive\pc\patch

Mod directory from before 1.3. Use \archive\pc\mod instead.

- archive
  - pc
    - mod          << .archive files from non-REDmods go here
- bin
  - x64
    - plugins      << Cyber Engine Tweaks goes here
- mods             << REDmods go here
- r6               << redscript folder
  - scripts        << redscript mods (not the same as REDmod)
  - tweaks         << RED4ext tweaks (TweakXL / ArchiveXL)
- tools            << REDmod DLC lives here โ€” only needed for making mods.

Installing and activating REDmod

If REDmod is not installed and activated, your mods in /mods will not load.

REDmod never took off and most people stick to the legacy format. If your /mods folder is empty, you don't need this. For more information, see What's the difference? below.

Loading a mod as REDmod means that Cyberpunk will precompile it to optimize load times โ€” integrating it into the game's other files by adding it to the files under r6/cache.

By contrast, vanilla mods (from /archive/pc/mod) will be loaded individually and might add to your load times.

  • For instructions on how to install, see here.

  • For documentation on the Vortex installation toggle, see here.

  • For instructions on how to activate it, see here for GOG and here for Steam and Epic.

REDmods are installed in Cyberpunk 2077\mods, where every mod has a subfolder with an info.json.

If the mod contains only files inside the folder archives, you can un-REDmod-ify it by moving all of those files to archive/pc/mod.

Installing Mods

You can install mods via Vortex or manually. There are upsides and downsides to each โ€” however, for beginners, we recommend using Vortex.

If you had terrible experiences with Vortex for other games, be assured: Cyberpunk integration is working extremely well. Maybe give it another chance?

Manual install

"Manual install" is a rather glorified term for "extracting the downloaded archive into your game directory". However, you have to make sure that the right files end up in the right folders.

You can inspect the file structure by simply opening the downloaded file, or by using this feature on Nexus (unless a mod author has disabled it):

The file structure is different for REDmods and non-REDmods. Mod authors usually tell you which file is which, though. To find out what that means, read on.

Mod format: REDmod or vanilla?

If in doubt, install the non-REDmod ("legacy") format. To learn why, check What's the difference? below the table.

Here is how you can tell the two apart:

REDmodVanilla mod (packed correctly)

is in a folder named after the mod

might be inside an extra folder

has an info.json

does not have an info.json

has a subfolder archives or tweaks at the top level

contains any of the folders - archive - bin - r6 with files nested under them

Is packed with one level of nesting (info.json is in top level folder)

Has multiple levels of nesting

Manual install instructions: Extract the folder ModName into Cyberpunk 2077/mods

Manual install instructions: The folders archive, bin, r6 from the download must merge with the same folders in your game directory (do not put the bin in the bin).

What's the difference?

All REDmods mods will be preloaded by redMod.exe before the game starts up. After a short delay, the mods will then be loaded as if they were part of the game itself โ€” you're saving the startup delay on every savegame load.

On top of this, Vortex will let you define load order for REDmods. To support compatibility, it offers you automatic conversion.

That sounds awesome, why isn't it everywhere?!

Compatibility issues

REDmod was CDPR's attempt to standardize mod loading, but there were various compatibility issues with it, and it never quite took off. As of today (April 2024), the project is pretty much dead in the water.

Load order

REDmods are loaded after everything else, so that format is simply not an option for e.g. body mods.

Vortex autoconvert

In theory, Vortex can automatically convert legacy mods to REDmod. In practice, that didn't help with any of the compatibility issues mentioned before, and caused some of them.

Mod format: a collection of loose files

Some mods (especially older ones) are just a loose collection of files without any folder structure:

To find out how to install, you have to read the mod's install instructions.

Mod folders by file extension

As a rule of thumb, here's which files go where (unless the mod's instructions tell you otherwise):

.archive

/archive/pc/mod/

.xl .archive.xl

/archive/pc/mod/

.reds

/r6/scripts/

.tweak .yaml

/r6/tweaks/

.lua

a subfolder of /bin/x64/plugins/cyber_engine_tweaks/

.ini

engine/config/platform/pc

Troubleshooting

If you have problems with Vortex, check the corresponding section of the guide.

For everything else, this wiki has a dedicated troubleshooting page with step-by-step instructions for pretty much every common problem. If that doesn't cut it, you're welcome to find us on Discord in the #mod-troubleshooting channel (but your first answer will be a link to that guide).

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