When setting up your Collections, you may find that some mods or tools that users will need are not hosted on Nexus Mods. It is possible to include mods from other sources in a Collection either by pulling a file from a direct link, or by having the user visit a website and follow instructions to retrieve the file. The downloaded file will be checked against the file hash collected when your revision is uploaded to ensure they have selected the correct file.
Before including non-Nexus Mods content in your collection, there are a few things that you should be aware of.
As with any mod, it must be installed in Vortex before it can be added to a Collection. The specifics won't be covered here, but you can either drop the zipped archive into the dropzone at the botton of the Mods page or using the "Install from File" button on the toolbar in the mods tab. Once the mod is installed, you can double-click it to open the details sidebar. This is where we can add important metadata for use in the Collection.
The following attributes can be filled in and saved to the mod when it is exported with a Collection:
|Mod Name||Give this mod a suitable name as this will show both on the website and in Vortex.|
|Author||Include the name of the author of this file.|
|Version||Add a version. If the mod doesn't appear to have one, use 1.0.0.|
|Source||This needs to be set to "Website" to indicate the file came from the internet.|
|Source Website||Enter the URL of the web page where this file can be found or the direct download link|
|Category||(Optional) Give the mod a category for easy organisation.|
|Mod Type||Ensure the mod type is set so that the mod files are deployed to the correct folder when the mod is installed.|
Now that we've added this metadata, the mod can be added to your Collection like any other.
Once the mod has been added to a Collection, it will need some additional metadata in the edit view to help users to download it correctly.
If you have provided the direct download link for a file you will need to change the "Source" drop-down to "Direct Download" and save the link. Alternatively, if the user will be required to browse a website you can click the pencil icon next to "Browse a website" and include some instructions to be shown alongside the web page.
In both cases you will also be able to mark the mod as Adult Content, if appropriate.
Some mods from external sites may not be properly formatted for installing with a mod manager. See Adding badly packaged mods to a Collection for advice on how to handle these cases.
When a user downloads a mod with a "Direct Download" link, the file will be pulled in automatically. For "Browse a website" downloads a web page will open inside Vortex with your instructions above it as shown below.