How to Install F4SE for Fallout 4: A Step-by-Step Guide

How To Install F4se

Fallout 4 Script Extender, or F4SE, is a must-have tool for any serious Fallout 4 player. F4SE is a modding tool that expands the game’s scripting capabilities, allowing for more advanced mods that enhance the gameplay experience. Installing F4SE can be a bit tricky, but with the right guidance, it’s a straightforward process.

System Requirements

Launching Fallout 4 with F4SE to enjoy advanced features
Launching Fallout 4 with F4SE to enjoy advanced features

Before installing F4SE, it’s essential to ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements. F4SE requires a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or higher, and Fallout 4 version 1.10.50 or higher. Additionally, F4SE requires the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package (x64) and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher.

To check your system’s compatibility, right-click on your desktop and select System Properties. Under the System section, you’ll find information about your operating system and architecture. To check your Fallout 4 version, launch the game and look for the version number at the bottom-right corner of the main menu.

If you don’t have the required packages installed, you can download them from the Microsoft website. Make sure to download the x64 version of the Visual C++ Redistributable Package and follow the installation instructions. If you’re unsure which version of the .NET Framework you have installed, you can check by typing “regedit” into the Start menu search bar, navigating to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftNET Framework SetupNDPv4Full, and looking for the “Release” value. A value of 379893 or higher indicates that the .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher is installed.

Downloading F4SE

Once you’ve ensured that your system meets the minimum requirements, it’s time to download F4SE. The official F4SE website is the best place to download the latest version of the tool. Go to and click on the “Download” button. You’ll be directed to the F4SE download page, where you can choose the appropriate version for your game.

It’s important to choose the right version of F4SE for your game, as different versions of F4SE are designed to work with different versions of Fallout 4. To find out which version of F4SE you need, launch Fallout 4 and look for the version number at the bottom-right corner of the main menu. The F4SE website lists the compatible version of F4SE for each version of the game, so make sure to choose the correct version.

Installing F4SE

Once you’ve downloaded the appropriate version of F4SE, it’s time to install it. Follow these steps to install F4SE on your system:

  1. Extract the F4SE archive to a new folder. You can use any archiving software, such as 7-Zip or WinRAR, to extract the files.

  2. Copy all the files from the F4SE archive to the Fallout 4 game folder. The default location for the game folder is “C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonFallout 4”.

  3. Launch Fallout 4 with the F4SE loader. To do this, go to the Fallout 4 game folder, locate the “f4se_loader.exe” file, and double-click on it.

  4. If F4SE is installed correctly, you should see “F4SE” in the bottom-right corner of the main menu. You can now use F4SE-compatible mods with your game.

If you encounter any installation errors, such as the game not launching or F4SE not working, you can try troubleshooting the issue by checking the F4SE log file. The log file is located in the “DataF4SEPlugins” folder in the game directory. If you’re still unable to resolve the issue, you can try reinstalling F4SE or seeking help from the F4SE community.

Launching Fallout 4 with F4SE

Once you’ve installed F4SE, launching Fallout 4 with F4SE is a simple process. Instead of launching the game through the Steam library or desktop shortcut, you’ll need to use the F4SE launcher. To do this, navigate to your Fallout 4 installation folder, which is usually located in “C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonFallout 4.” Look for the file named “f4se_loader.exe” and double-click on it to launch the game with F4SE.

To test if F4SE is properly installed, you can use the console command “GetF4SEVersion.” Launch the game with F4SE and open the console by pressing the tilde (~) key. Type “GetF4SEVersion” (without quotes) and press enter. The console will display the F4SE version number if it’s installed correctly.


Installing F4SE is an essential step for anyone looking to enhance their Fallout 4 experience with mods. While the installation process can seem daunting at first, following the steps outlined in this guide can make it a straightforward process. By installing F4SE, you’ll have access to a vast library of more advanced mods that can take your gameplay to the next level.

In conclusion, we highly recommend that you take the time to install F4SE for Fallout 4. It’s a small investment that can pay off in significant ways, allowing you to enjoy the game in ways you never thought possible. We hope you found this guide helpful and that you’re now ready to dive into the world of Fallout 4 mods. Happy gaming!