Morrowind Mod User Tool List

Updated March 24, 2006

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This list is intended to include all those tools and utilities that any one of us may need to use to install, setup, play, clean or de-bug our Morrowind game played with mods. Portions have been moved from Finding and Using Mods and much has been added. While there is a large overlap between those tools used by mod players and mod makers, tools that are used solely for the construction of mods are listed separately at the Mod Makers' Tool List . Construction is ongoing and feedback would be appreciated.

Contents:

This list encompasses a considerable number of subjects and links. You will therefore encounter Content Menus for each main section heading, with increasing levels of detail as you descend the page.  
Mods installation:
  • Decompression programs
    • Win Ace
      From winace.com:WinAce-Archiver is a fine utility you can use to manage all of your archives. It offers support for .zip, .cab, .rar, .arj, .arc, and .lha file formats.
      WinAce-Archiver leaves no stone unturned -- this full-featured program supports self-extracting archives, multiple-disk archives, password protection, comments, virus scans, AV signatures, testing and repair, variable compression, and more. Other features include bilingual support (English and German), drag-and-drop, and file-management support.
    • Win Rar
      From rarlab.com:WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files (CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ and TAR.GZ, BZ2 and TAR.BZ2, ACE, UUE, JAR (Java Archive), ISO (ISO9660 - CD image), 7Z, Z (Unix compress)) downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
    • Win Zip
      From winzip.com:
      * The most popular compression utility for Windows, with more than 150 million downloads
      * Save storage space, dramatically reduce e-mail transmission time, and efficiently archive documents
      * Protect your sensitive data with AES encryption
      * Easy-to-use and powerful user interface: the intuitive WinZip Wizard for first-time users and the award-winning WinZip Classic interface for power users
    • 7 Zip
      From 7zip.org:
      * High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
      * 7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
      * Supported formats:
          - Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
          - Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM and DEB
      * Self-extracting capability for 7z format
      * Integration with Windows Shell
      * Powerful File Manager
    • Zip Genius
      From zignenius.it: ZipGenius is the absolutely free software for Windows® that lets you compress files to almost any kind of archive. ZipGenius supports more than 20 compressed archive formats, including CD/DVD-ROM image files in ISO9660 standard. This is the file compression suite you were searching for: it is free and easy to use, plus it supports more than 20 formats of compressed archives, including RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, SQX, OpenOffice.org documents and the excellent 7-zip.:WinAce-Archiver is a fine utility you can use to manage all of your archives. It offers support for .zip, .cab, .rar, .arj, .arc, and .lha file formats.
    • Power Archiver
      From powerarchiver.com: PowerArchiver 2006 offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.
    • IZArc
      From izarc.org: IZArc is the ultimate archive utility supports many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO.
      With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more. IZArc has also build-in multilanguage support.
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  • Tutorials
  • Mods installation > Conflicts and problems with mods > Mods merging > Morrowind.ini
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  • Textures viewer
    • Irfan View
      From IrfanView.com: IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.
      It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.
      NOTE: Install both Irfan View and the PlugIns.
    • Xn View
      From XnView.com: Import about 400 graphic file formats, Export about 50 graphic file formats
      Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support, Image IPTC, EXIF metadata support, EXIF auto rotation support, IPTC editing
      Resize, rotate, crop support, Lossless rotate & crop (jpeg) support, Adjust brightness, contrast..., Auto levels, contrast, Modify number of colors, Apply filters (blur, average, emboss, ...), Apply effects (lens, wave, ...)
      Fullscreen mode, Slide show with effects, Batch convert, batch rename, Create WEB page easily, Screen capture, Create contact Sheet, Create or edit Multi-page file (TIFF, DCX, LDF), Compare image side by side, Filmstrip layout
      Windows only: TWAIN & WIA support, Print support, Drag & Drop support, 44 languages support
      NOTE: Some more formats available with Ghostscript and CAD Plug-Ins
    • DDS Converter
      It's a program that allows you to easily convert to DDS (and other formats) easily. The program supports DDS, TGA, JPG, BMP, PNG and PSD image formats (you can import and export to any of those formats).
    • Developer's Image Library (DevIL)
      Developer's Image Library (DevIL) is a programmer's library to develop applications with very powerful image loading capabilities, yet is easy for a developer to learn and use. Ultimate control of images is left to the developer, so unnecessary conversions, etc. are not performed. DevIL utilizes a simple, yet powerful, syntax. DevIL can load, save, convert, manipulate, filter and display a wide variety of image formats.
      Currently, DevIL can load .bmp, .cut, .dds, .doom, .gif, .ico, .jpg, .lbm, .mdl, .mng, .pal, .pbm, .pcd, .pcx, .pgm, .pic, .png, .ppm, .psd, .psp, .raw, .sgi, .tga and .tif files. Formats supported for saving include .bmp, .dds, .h, .jpg, .pal, .pbm, .pcx, .pgm,.png, .ppm, .raw, .sgi, .tga and .tif.
      DevIL currently supports the following APIs for display: OpenGL, Windows GDI, SDL, DirectX and Allegro. Compilers that can compile DevIL or use it include Djgpp, MSVC++, Linux gcc, Delphi, Visual Basic, Power Basic and Dev-C++.
    • Windows Texture Viewer by nVidia
      Windows Texture Viewer (WTV) was developed for simple DDS viewing, especially for those DDS files with an alpha channel.
    • DDS Thumbnail Viewer by nVidia
      Allows you to view .dds files in Thumbnail view in the Windows Explorer.

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Conflict & Problem with mods
  • Cleaning
  • Tutorials
  • Tools
    • Morrowind Enchanted Editor @ ElricM or Planet Elder Scrolls and Morrowind Enchanted Editor Manual
      It is a low-level editor for Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind game files. It can edit .ESM files (master game files), .ESP (plugin files) and .ESS (savegames).
      Its not intended to replace but to complement the CK. The CK hides certain information from you and doesn't do save games. At a certain level, however, master files, plugins and save games have exactly the same structure. The Enchanted Editor shows you the information at this level. Its not intended for anyone who isn't willing to occassionally squint at the screen and think hard, because obviously the higher level information in CK is more meaningfully laid out. However if you put in the effort you have complete control over everything in a plugin, master or save game, rather than the limited control you have in CK.
    • The Elder Scrolls Advanced Mod Editor (TESAME) @ Planet Elder Scrolls or Thelys
      This tool allows you to clean mods by removing/cutting/pasting elements (unwanted entries) in your ESP files, merging mods in a new one and exporting part of a mod under ESD (Elder Scrolls Data) format. Very useful.
    • The Elder Scrolls Tool (TESTool) @ Planet Elder Scrolls or Thelys or Ghostwheel's Website
      TESTool Documentation
      This is a helper utility for the The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind game. It can perform following functions:
      * Remove unnecessary data from ESM/ESP files (including GMST entries), significantly reducing number of conflicts between different mods.
      * Merge leveled lists for all active plugins, eliminating leveled list conflicts (this function was intended to replace Horatio's Leveled List Merger).
      * Merge changes done to the various TES objects and dialog entries.
      * Generate detailed conflict report for the given list of plugins.
      * Manage list of currently active plugins with possibility to update ESP file header (version and master file sizes) and to change plugin loading order.
      * One-click “JUST FIX IT!” button that automatically executes a set of tasks to reduce number of conflicts between active plugins as much as possible without any user interaction.
      NOTE: If you merge the levelled lists, then you'll have to use TESTool Resequencer
    • GMST Cleaner @ Thelys or Planet Elder Scrolls or ElricM
      The purpose of this application is to provide a quick and easy way to clean mods of the 'evil' GMST entries that get dumped into plug-in files. This will remove the 11 entries that Tribunal adds and the 61 added by Bloodmoon. This program will not remove other intentional GMST entries, only entries that are identical to the 'evil' entries.
    • GMST Fix @ Wrye Morrowind or ElricM
      This is exactly the same as GMST Vaccine, except that the date is set in the future – thus it's GMST settings will override any incorrect GMSTs present in other mods. This is probably the easiest solution and will only cause problems if some mod intentionally changes the GMST settings.
    • ESP Cleaner
      This program provides a quick and easy way to remove all "changed references" on objects, characters, ect., in a mod/plug-in, created by The Elder Scrolls: Construction Set, that is not different by any other respects to the same reference in the Master file. It also allows you to convert ESP into ESM.

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  • Conflict detection
  • Mod loading order
    • Wrye Mash 0.60 and Wrye Mash 0.63
      Documentation for Wrye Mash 0.60 and Wrye Mash 0.63
      Major Features:
      - Prevent Doubling! Mash is the only tool with the ability to prevent doubling and related reference errors.
      - Repair All: Mash is the only tool with the ability to automatically repair references on game files. And it deletes orphan contents, and "debris" globals, npcs.
      - Manage Mods, Save Games and the Load List: Rename, duplicate, hide, and reorder mods and save games.
      - Import/Export Dialog: for easy spell checking and editing.
      - Merge Leveled Lists: Merge and resequence leveled lists.
      - Ref Removers: Remove troublesome references from a save game.
      - Ref Replacers: Replace one set of refs with another. NOM that Mod!
      - Doc and Journal Browsers: Easily review the docs for any mod and/or the journal for any save game.
      - Manage Replacers: Easily apply and remove texture, etc. replacers.
      - Repair World Map
      Minor Features
      - Mods: Convet to esm/esp, sort records, generate schedule scripts.
      - Saves: Extract map notes, remove selected references and other records.
      - Copy the masters list to the clipboard for forum posts, etc.
      - Groups: Organize your mods by groups (Fix, Quest, Gameplay, etc.)
      New in v 0.63:
      - Ratings: Specify ratings (i.e., score, grade) for mods. Very similar to the Group specification.
      - Hiding Files: Hide will now first try to hide to sub-directory named for author, if it exists.
      - Edit Docs: You can now edit text document files.
      - Fixed bug with list merging that caused incorrect number of records to be written. Only a problem if you then attempted to edit file with Enchanted Editor, which would give an odd error and then truncate the merged esp file.
    • The Elder Scrolls Tool (TESTool) @ Planet Elder Scrolls or Thelys or Ghostwheel's Website
      TESTool Documentation
      This is a helper utility for the The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind game. It can perform following functions:
      * Remove unnecessary data from ESM/ESP files (including GMST entries), significantly reducing number of conflicts between different mods.
      * Merge leveled lists for all active plugins, eliminating leveled list conflicts (this function was intended to replace Horatio's Leveled List Merger).
      * Merge changes done to the various TES objects and dialog entries.
      * Generate detailed conflict report for the given list of plugins.
      * Manage list of currently active plugins with possibility to update ESP file header (version and master file sizes) and to change plugin loading order.
      * One-click “JUST FIX IT!” button that automatically executes a set of tasks to reduce number of conflicts between active plugins as much as possible without any user interaction.
      NOTE: If you merge the levelled lists, then you'll have to use TESTool Resequencer
    • Reorder Plug-in
    • FileDate Changer v1.1
    • The Elder Scrolls Construction Set (TESCS)
  • Mod Header Edition
  • Mod Edition
  • Objects and leveled lists merging

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TOOLS FOR MOD USERS
Most desired changes to mods can be made in the Construction Set (CS) that comes bundled with your game. Utility programs generally make it easier or faster to make these changes. Directions for using the more popular utilities to perform most common tasks are found in the Techniques section.

Extracting Compressed Files. WinZip is normally included with Windows OS but will not open all types of compressed files. Other useful decompression utilities include:
  • WinAce Download Site - available for trial use

  • Win RAR Download Site - available for trial use

  • 7-Zip Download Site - better compression ratios than other zip-compatible archivers, free and supports the 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB formats.

  • ZipGenius at ZipGenius.It or at Download.com - a favourite of some experienced mod users: 'works every time, handles every compression format you need, integrates with a virus scanner, can detect and repair damaged files, free to download, contains no ad-ware or spy ware, more flexible in file handling, skinnable, and easy to use.'

  • PowerArchiver - preferred by others, this utility provides support for most compressed and encoded files and is designed to integrate with Windows Explorer.
Gameplay Utilities. Tools that are intended to directly improve your in-game experience in some way.
  • exe.optimizer 1.7 - by Timeslip. Originally intended to be an FPS increaser this programme turned out to have a large CTD reducing effect for many users.


  • Morrowind FPS Optimizer - by Alexander Stasenko. This programme runs behind Morrowind and improves game performance by dynamically changing render quality to maintain a stable FPS(frames per second) rate.
Mod Editors. A family of utilities used to modify plugins and savegames.
  • TESTool 1.3 - by ghostwheel, also at most major sites. This is a powerful and easy-to-use editor suitable for use by a novice or experienced player. Functions: remove unnecessary data including GMST entries, merge levelled lists for all active plugins [sic], merge changes to TES objects and dialog entries, generate detailed conflict report, manage list of active files - update ESP file header (version and master file sizes) and change loading order and a one-click “JUST FIX IT” button that automatically executes a set of tasks to reduce conflicts.
    Some users have reported errors from using the Merge Dialog function - you may choose to unselect this task.

    The Merge Leveled Lists function was found to append rather than resequence levelled list entries. This has been resolved with aerelorn's Leveled List Resequencer v1.0 for TESTool which should be used in conjunction with TESTool. Basically, run TESTool and then run the Leveled List Resequencer - detailed directions are in the readme file.
    TESTool produces three additional .esp files if you run Merge Dialog, two if you do not. These should appear last in the load order in your Data Files window on startup. This can be manipulated in the CS, with TESTool or with a number of the other utilities listed below.
    See below: Wrye Mash now also includes a levelled list merge and resequencing function.

  • TES Advanced Mod Editor (TESAME) 1.2 - by Scarabus. Also available for download at TheLys and at UESP, TESAME is another powerful editing tool. Preferred by some users, it is somewhat less friendly to novices. Edit mods, clean unwanted items including GMSTs, merge mods and export and import specific objects as modules or.ESD.

  • The Enchanted Editor - by Farren Hayden. The most powerful of the Morrowind editors, the Enchanted Editor is designed to do things that cannot be done in the CS or are difficult to do there. It is NOT recommended for novice users.
    The Enchanted Editor Manual, also by Farren Hayden, is now available with detailed instructions and examples for completing a wide range of operations using the editor. See the release thread for details - Comprehensive Manual for Enchanted Editor and [RE-REL] Enchanted Editor Manual, In a Single Windows Help File(.CHM)

  • TES Dependency Tool Kit 1.0 - by Argent. A special-purpose editor that adds/removes parent master dependencies, quickly updates old mods to the current version of Morrowind,converts TESAME modules to plug-in files, reverts ESM files to ESP and converts ESP files to ESM. Requires a Java Runtime Environment, included.

  • Wrye Mash - initially a plugin manager developed to prevent doubling, Wrye Mash includes some editing and repair capabilities. Manage mods and savegames, add and remove mods without doubling and deletion problems, fix most broken reference problems, merge and resequence levelled lists, change load order and a number of other useful functions for managing mods. Requires python and wxPython : links are in the readme.
Load Order. The order in which your plugins load can be critical to their successful operation. Load order is influenced by changing the time stamps on mods and can be manipulated in a mod editor, including the CS and Wrye Mash. Several other utilities also change file dates:
  • ReorderPlugins by Bingo the Clown, also at the Summit and Endhome. Although it requires a Java applet be downloaded to run, this little utility is intuitive and effective and it provides positive control of load order.

  • FileDate Changer v1.1 - by Nir Sofer. Allows file dates to be changed easily, another tool to influence the load order of mods.
Detecting Mod Conflicts. Conflicts between your plugins can be detected using any of the mod editors, including the CS, or with this utility:
  • TES Plugin Conflict Detector (TESPCD) 0.31 - by Ely VanReen Soto. Detects conflicts between plugins and gives you the option to delete or merge them. Excellent directions and source code available. A useful and powerful utility - 'TESPCD is a lot stronger tool than at first appears: it has elements of Enchanted Editor in it as well as elements of TesTool.'
Leveled Lists. Leveled lists are used to allow creatures and items to appear only at certain levels. If more than one mod changes leveled lists, the game engine uses only the changes from the last loaded mod and you will miss changes intended by mods loaded earlier.
  • Morrowind Leveled List Merger 1.14 - by Horatio, was the first utility to combine the levelled list data from all loaded mods into a single plugin. It made some errors in calculating a few probabilities, however. For most users, TESTool 1.3 used in conjunction with the Leveled List Resequencer 1.0 would be a better option.
Mod Managers. These utilities help in installing, registering and uninstalling plugins neatly and efficiently.
  • TES Mod Utility 2.01 (TESMU) - by Macgyver, acts as a registry for your installed mods, allowing you to keep track of which files belong to which mod, and to remove them quickly and easily. Includes source code.

  • Morrowind Plugin Manager 1.2 - by DW. Installs all files found in a Zip or Rar archive to your chosen Morrowind installation path and associates them with the plugin entry in the plugin management display. Uninstalling a plugin removes all files associated with the plugin except files shared with any other plugin and removes empty directories that are no longer needed. Timestamp update and an advanced mode 'Clean Up' are supported. See the readme at the Morrowind Plugin Manager Homepage for more information.

  • TESFILES (Tribunal ∓ Bloodmoon) 1.08 - by MentalElf. A tool for packaging all files in a Morrowind Mod or uninstalling a mod, it automates the tracking of what files belong to a mod.
Various. Utilities and tools that do not neatly fit into other categories.
  • ieSpell - A Spell Checker for Internet Explorer - a free utility that provides quick and reliable internet spell checking. Used on forum dialogue boxes, it can be a boon to effective communication.

  • Morrowind Construction Kit Commands - at UESP. This is a table of all CS commands. The console is an in-game scripting device so this table lists the possible console commands.

  • Morrowind Savegame Editor - by Jorge 'DeliriumT' Ossorio, lets you edit a number of variables stored on Morrowind savegames.

  • TESFaith 0.95 - by Paul Halliday is a command-line utility to copy, move or delete entire cells, including landmass and its associated objects, NPCs, interior doors and script and dialogue references.
Multiple Setup. These utilities make it easier to operate multiple installations or the various savegames by different players on a single installation. They may be of limited use unless you are extremely short of HD space, as pointed out here - Feedback - Multiple Setup Utilities for Mods.
  • Morrowind INI Switcher v0.9b - by Aridale, is a small program made to switch out the Morrowind.ini file as quickly as possible with other copies of it with different settings. Anything thats done through the Morrowind.ini file can be made into a INI Profile and switched as needed with MIS.

  • Morrowind Profiler 1.0 alpha - by Cheek, allows you to select multiple profiles for computers that have more than one user playing. It moves the save files associated with each profile in and out of the saves directory.

  • MWSwitcher 2.0 - by MentalElf, enables the quick switching between Morrowind copies, which allows quickly switching between sets of "Data Files" selections, meshes, textures, etc.

  • Savegame Manager - by Tylius. A savegame manager that will manage the different savegames of multiple users or multiple characters. [The .NET framework 1.1 is required to run this, and is available at Microsoft
I hope that I didn't forgot anything, but in any case, if you find a mod that isn't in the list, just tell me, and I'll add it.

If you find any links that are not working anymore, send me a message, and I'll try to fix the link(s), or I'll send you the needed file(s).

You can contact me by e-mail, but I don't look at them very often, so you may have more luck sending me a PM on the Elder Scrolls Forum.

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