Installing SKSE: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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Installing SKSE: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
Installing SKSE: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

The Skyrim Script Extender, or SKSE, is a plugin for the PC version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is one of the main programs players need to create, change and update mods. Mods, which is an abbreviation of the English word 'modifications', are changes to the game's code for the purpose of customizing the game. If you plan to modify Skyrim on your computer, you can do so once you have installed SKSE.


Install SKSE Step 1

Step 1. Download SKSE

You can download Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) from the developer's website. Download the '7z archive', not the 'installer'. Automatic installation can cause problems, and the program is usually a lot more stable if you install the files yourself.

Install SKSE Step 2

Step 2. Download and install 7-Zip

This is a free file archiving program that allows you to open.7z files. You can download it from

Install SKSE Step 3

Step 3. Extract the SKSE files

After installing 7-Zip you need to right click on the archive file and select 7-Zip → Extract Here. A folder will be created in the same place containing the extracted files.

Install SKSE Step 4

Step 4. Locate the Skyrim directory

Skyrim needs Steam to install so you need to check your Steam folder. The most common default installation directory is:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steammaps\common\skyrim\

Install SKSE Step 5

Step 5. Open the folder containing the extracted files in another screen

You should now have two folders open: the Skyrim folder and the folder containing your SKSE files.

Install SKSE Step 6

Step 6. Copy all

.dll - and.exe files in the SKSE folder and place them in the Skyrim folder. This should be all SKSE files except the two directories.

Choose to overwrite or replace existing files if a message appears

Install SKSE Step 7

Step 7. Open the

Data\Scripts\ folders in both the Skyrim folder and the SKSE folder.

Install SKSE Step 8

Step 8. Copy all

.pex files in the SKSE folder and place them in the Skyrim Scripts folder.

  • Choose to overwrite or replace existing files if a message appears.
  • You don't have to do anything with the rest of the files. They are only needed if you plan to code your own mods from scratch.
Install SKSE Step 9

Step 9. Go back to the Skyrim game directory

Install SKSE Step 10

Step 10. Right click on

skse_loader.exe and then click on 'Create shortcut'.

Install SKSE Step 11

Step 11. Drag the shortcut to your desktop

Install SKSE Step 12

Step 12. Launch Steam

Steam must be running to start your custom Skyrim game.

Install SKSE Step 13

Step 13. Double click the

skse_loader.exe shortcut to launch Skyrim.

You can now download and install mods for Skyrim that require SKSE to run.

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