9.1 zEDIT

Developed by mator to be an all-in-one modding solution, zEdit offers similar functionality to xEdit. In addition to that it includes an automated patching framework and merging functionality, effectively replacing mator’s Merge Plugins Standalone.

9.1.1 Installation

  • Download zEdit (0.6.x).
  • Extract the downloaded archive to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\zEdit.
  • Add zEdit.exe as an executable to Mod Organizer 2.

9.1.2 zEdit Configuration

  • Run zEdit through MO2.
  • Click this icon to open the profile settings
  • Make sure Path correctly points at your Skyrim SE root folder (picture).
  • Close the profile settings window.

9.1.3 zMerge Configuration

  • Select zMerge from the drop-down list (picture) and hit Start Session.
  • Click this icon in the top right to open the Settings.
  • Switch to the Integration Settings tab:
    • MO2 (portable) should be selected as your mod manager with the correct file paths filled in below.
  • Switch to the Merge Settings tab:
    • The output path point to your Mod Organizer 2\mods folder.
    • Under Integration, you will want to have Disable Plugins and Disable Mods checked.
  • Once you have made sure everything is configured correctly, you may close zEdit.


A brilliant all-in-one solution to optimize meshes, compress textures and unpack / repack archives.

9.2.1 Instructions

  • Download the latest version of Cathedral Assets Optimizer.
  • Extract the archive to {Your Modding Folder}/Tools/Cathedral Assets Optimizer.
  • Download the latest version of BSArch.
  • Extract bsarch.exe to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\Cathedral Assets Optimizer\resources.


This step is optional.

While we are going to use MO2’s inbuilt BSA extractor most of the time, there are some situations where BAE comes in very handy – for example when you need to extract the BSA of a mod that you don’t have installed in MO2 or just want to check a BSA’s contents without unpacking it.

However, at this point BAE is not used anywhere in the guide and it is merely a personal recommendation.

9.3.1 Instructions

  • Download the latest version of Bethesda Archive Extractor.
  • Extract the archive to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\Bethesda Archive Extractor.


This is a simpler alternative to DDSopt; a utility that you can use to quickly resize textures to save some precious megabytes of VRAM if you need them.

9.4.1 Instructions


This step is optional.

To view and compare textures – which come in the DDS format – you need specific software. MO2 comes with an inbuilt DDS viewer but you can only use that through MO2’s UI. A good alternative to that (or the ever-crashing Windows Texture Viewer) is Honeyview.

9.5.1 Instructions


This step is optional.

This is the 64bit updated version of an older tool by the same name and it does what it says on the tin – provide you with live hardware monitoring when SkyrimSE.exe is running. It’s most useful when you have a second display so that you can check your hardware while playing, but you can also leave it open in the background and have a look at the graphs after closing the game again.

Additionally, SPM allows you to easily track the current GPU memory usage which is especially useful if you don’t have much VRAM and need to watch how close you are getting to the limit. There is even an optional, toggle-able ingame overlay.

Currently optional as I have not re-implemented it into a guide with a proper tutorial.

9.6.1 Installation

  • Download the latest version of Skyrim Performance Monitor 64.
  • Extract the setup.exe from the downloaded archive and run it.
  • Let the setup install SPM under {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\Skyrim Performance Monitor 64.
  • Once the installation process is completed, SPM will automatically be launched for you.

9.6.2 Setup

  • Navigate to Tools > Setup Options.
  • Ensure the paths in the first tab correctly point to SkyrimSE.exe and SkyrimSELauncher.exe (picture).
  • Switch to the second tab, Miscellaneous Options.
  • Uncheck Use FPS Smoothing.
  • Set the Monitoring Mode to Option 3.
  • If you like, you can now also customize the hotkeys and settings for the ingame overlay.
  • Make sure to click Save before closing the Settings and exiting SPM.

Note: If you want to launch SPM through Mod Organizer 2 make sure to set the Skyrim Launcher File Path to ModOrganizer.exe


Using a tool called Mod is by far the easiest way to share your mod list including INIs, load and mod order. If you run into issues and need some help, you will be asked for your Mod link. For now we only need to install the application.

9.7.1 Instructions

  • Download the latest version of Mod
  • Extract the archive to {Your Modding Folder}\Tools\