Skyrim just got even bigger

Ready to start using the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop? Bethesda Game Studios level designer Joel Burgess gets you ready below…

When we created Skyrim, we set out to make the largest, most engrossing role-playing game we had ever attempted. Now it’s about to get a whole lot bigger, thanks to our amazing modding community.

Mod-makers have a long history with Bethesda Game Studios, bringing to life new quests, locations and characters, as well as making changes to game from subtle tweaks to full-blown overhauls. With the Creation Kit, the same tool we used to create Skyrim, there’s almost no limit to what can be accomplished – and we’re putting that power in your hands.

Best of all, access to the Skyrim Workshop and Creation Kit is free for anybody with a Steam account and a copy of Skyrim.

With the Skyrim Workshop, finding and installing your favorite mods is easier than ever before. Mod-makers will also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading mods directly to Steam.

Finding and Installing Mods

Ready to begin a whole new adventure? Finding mods for Skyrim is as simple as visiting the Skyrim Workshop in the Steam Community. Here you’re able to browse the most popular, newest or highest-rated mods of all time, as well as searching for specific content via tags such as “Armor”, “Quests”, “Dungeons”, and more.

Once you have found a mod you’d like to play, click the “Subscribe” button. Be sure to check the mod description for any special instructions, such as which NPC starts a quest, or how to acquire new items. The next time you play Skyrim, the launcher will automatically install the latest version of any subscribed mods and configure Skyrim to run them.

Be sure to come back to the Workshop after playing and leave a rating and any comments you have on the mod’s page.

Creating and Uploading your Mod

By uploading your mod to the Skyrim Workshop on Steam, you’ll be able to reach a whole new audience of players, seamlessly deploy updates, and get direct community feedback on your work.

The difficult part, of course, is creating your mod. To get started modding, install the Creation Kit — free through Steam to all Skyrim owners — from the Tools section of your Steam Library. The Creation Kit is a powerful and sometimes daunting tool, but the community wiki at is a resource for modders of all skill levels, even the total beginner.

When you’re ready to share your work with the world, simply choose “Upload plugin and archive to Steam” from the File menu within the Creation Kit. Here you’ll be prompted to choose a name for your mod, as well as any description, content tags and thumbnails. The Creation Kit will notify you once the mod has successfully been uploaded to Steam.

To view your new mod page, simply visit your Steam profile page, and click “View Workshop Files”. Here you’ll be able to access all of your mods in one place.

To distribute a new version of your mod, re-upload from the Creation Kit. Any subscribed users will automatically get the latest version when they launch Skyrim.


We won’t host offensive, copyrighted, or trademarked material on the Skyrim Workshop.  Mods with this kind of content will be banned, so please don’t bother uploading them.

Long Live Skyrim

Bethesda is committed to supporting Skyrim for years to come, and this includes supporting our already-thriving mod community. It’s our hope that Workshop provides the perfect meeting place for mod-makers and players — even those who have never tried a mod before. What the Skyrim Workshop becomes is ultimately up to you, however — and we can’t wait to watch the adventure unfold.

Reader Comments

  1. Hey, I was mad about delay, but in the end it was not so long, so thanks to all your crew, and especially to you, Gstaff for listening to all my complains, I am sure you hate me (maybe not, but I deserved that), but thanks, anyway.
    Also, speaking of complains, I must mention the fact I suffered only a few bugs and crashes (the biggest bug was Hjerim not clearing).

  2. The part that really pulls on my heart strings is the long live skyrim section above. I couldn’t be a happier guy right now. My favorite gaming platform is finally getting the love it deserves. I can confirm I will be supporting Bethesda for years to come 🙂

  3. Who is moderating the Steam Workshop? Some uploads are pretty offensive and they seem to be getting deleted. Kudos to whoever is keeping the Workshop clean.

  4. Ok I downloaded the High Resolution DLC but I don’t see the CK anywhere. Bethesda or anyone else, where do I get it? It’s not showing up on Steam.

  5. Ack! I made the mistake of getting the texture pack, thinking it would be downloadable separately, like the CK. My connection is total crap, so I thought I’d install Steam at work and just download it here. But noooo, it’s treated like an update…

    There’s no way I’m installing Skyrim here, and no way I’m downloading 3 gigs at home.

    How do I get rid of this?

      • Thanks. That still means I have to download it though, since the launcher won’t work otherwise.

        I *do* want the kit actually, it’s just that the way Steam is, getting it is a major pain. Generally, Steam is HORRIBLE for people with less than perfect connection. I can only download at about 25 kilobytes/s, and I only have an unlimited download quota from midnight til noon. Try downloading something large like that… and Steam doesn’t even provide a scheduler. Normally, I just download big files at a cafe or sometimes at work. Steam makes this impossible.

        Please give this a thought.

  6. The texture packs are giving me and my son nothing but trouble.I loaded them both and the game crashed before it had even started (which its not done in the 100 or so hours ive been playing it) and my son tried texture pack 1 and his game crashed within 10 mins and then we tried texture pack 2 and an hour later his game crashed again and in mine some things (like logs,a bears head on the wall) had no textures at all !

    so disabled both now and so far no problems,not the “surprize” i was looking forward to bethesda !

  7. How do we search for mods? Filter != Search.

    The filter is all but useless as a lot of mods seem to be in multiple categories.

    I’m not trawling through pages of mods just to find a particular one just because you/valve were too lazy to add a search option.

    • I saw your video a few hours ago… It’s upsetting they haven’t done ANYTHING in any of their games. This error happens to me quite frequently, and it’s awful. I do not really understand why they do’t fix it, they usually have a good relation with the community ):

  8. Just tried out the Steam Workshop for the first time tonight downloading Cliffworm’s Sounds Of Skyrim mod and everything went perfectly. Steam Workshop did all the work downloading and installing the mod without me having to lift a finger or even..think about it…

    Excellent execution and i love how smooth the experiance is from getting the mods to giving comments, rating and subscribing.

    Top notch work Bethesda and Valve. Thanks 🙂

  9. I purchased my copy from EBGames, TeS:Skyrim that is. The Creation kit being only available on steam is ridiculous. I had to punch in my product key I got with the “add a game” button in steam just to authorize the game. I am unsure if it was even supposed to accept my product key from my boxed skyrim out of EBgames, but it did and I still do not see an option to download the Creation Kit.

    If I need to send Bethseda my product key just to get my money back, I will do so and then they can void any use of it, if possible. I want my money back so that I may purchase the steam retail version unless of course I can get this rectified.

    Things I’ve tried;

    Opening Steam > View > Tools > “result is no creation kit”

    Opening Steam > Adding my Product code from boxed Skyrim EBgames/gamestop > Tools > “result is no creation kit”

    I purchased the collectors edition for $99.99 and $112.99 after tax. Either provide the content for boxed users or don’t provide it at all!

    This is a complete rip off and some of us don’t even like steam. I can’t even download things from steam with my 650MB connection at full speed. I always get 250kbps to 1.3mbps which is crap.