Updated Dec 2019

Welcome to The Official Elder Scrolls General Modding Guide: Fallout 4 Editon!
In this guide, we will teach you how to make Fallout 4 both fun AND good looking! First things first, I'm gonna have to teach you how to install mods and how each file works. The best way for to efficiently organize and sort your mods, is a mod organizing program. There are several of these programs we can use. You can even sort them manually if you're experienced or bold enough!
Remember to ALWAYS read the mod description on how to install, activate, and use the mod if you don't know. The same rule apply to READMEs in the mod packages.
In this section, we will discuss:
-F4SE Essentials


[ Mod Organizer 2 ]
A more powerful, less idiot-proof mod manager. The way to go if you know what you're doing.
[ Fallout 4 Script Extender ]
Script Extender for Fallout 4. Not as necessary as in Skyrim, but still nice to have.
[ FO4Edit ]
A useful tool for troubleshooting, editing mods, and much more.
[ Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch ]
You know the drill for the past several games. Grab the Unofficial Patch.
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F4SE Essentials

[ Mod Configuration Menu ]
Yes, you need this. Config your shit.
[ Game Configuration Menu ]
GCM allows you easily set many game settings without the need of additional ESPs or console commands.
[ Survival Configuration Menu ]
Features a brand new eat and drink system, which relies on weight of the item instead of the caps value and allows you to control it.
In addition to that, you can tweak many aspects of the survival added features. Like tweaking disease chance, disabling Adrenaline. Choose how long you can maximally sleep on the different bet types.
[ DEF-UI ]
Aside from some useful UI tweaks, it allows you to sort your Pip-Boy items by category and adds icons to them. Requires a sorting mod. Install DEF_INV.
[ Extended Dialogue Interface ]
The Extended Dialogue Interface removes the hardcoded 4-option limit on dialogue and adds full engine support for any number of player dialogue options.
[ IN-GAME ESP Explorer ]
[ Better Console ]
[ Rename Anything ]
[ Place Everywhere ]
[ Crafting Highlight Fix ]
[ QuickTrade Redux ]
Pressing R on NPCs opens their trade menu. This also allows you to have Automatron vendors.
[ HUDFramework ]
A framework utilized by other mods to add UI elements.
[ Lookup Failed! ]
If you're using the Full Dialogue Interface mod, then chances are you're getting LOOKUP FAILED! on some of the new creation club content. This will fix the problem for you.
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Armor and Weapon Keywords Community Resource overhauls the naming system for weapons to allow for versatility when adding weapons to the game. This is currently the most consistently updated community resource for weapon modding, it has also almost gotten to the point where there is an AWKCR patch for every weapon and armor mod on the market.
VIS-G Item Sorting
This is a great mod that helps trim down your bloated pipboy scroll list by putting tags on them for easier finding.
This patches pretty much most mods that I recommend. It is constantly updating to include new popular mods.
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These mods right here are required for pretty much every standalone armor and weapon mod on the nexus.