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Skyrim Special Edition Game Files

A guide to the game files for Skyrim Special Edition

by: The Step Team

Guide scope[edit]

This guide serves as a general reference to the game files for Skyrim Special Edition. The files and folders shall be described and a general explanation of their purpose provided. This may include a description of files not included with the game as long as they are clearly marked as such.

Vanilla game files[edit]

Below is a listing and directory structure of all files included within the English version of the vanilla game at install.

Skyrim Special Edition
This is the base game install folder.
_CommonRedist
This folder contains redistributable installers that are necessary for the game to function. These installers may be removed upon successful installation.
DirectX
The DirectX folder contains the DirectX redistributable required for Skyrim SE to function. If for any reason DirectX has issues, commonly when the system's operating system has been reinstalled, the redistributable can be downloaded and installed from Microsoft at the following link: DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)
vcredist
The vcredist folder contains the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 installation files required for Skyrim SE to function. If for any reason this redistributable needs to be reinstalled, it can be downloaded and install from Microsoft at the following link: Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015
Data
The data directory contains data files for the game.
Video
BGS_Logo.bik
Dawnguard.esm
Dragonborn.esm
HearthFires.esm
Skyrim - Animations.bsa
Skyrim - Interface.bsa
Skyrim - Meshes0.bsa
Skyrim - Meshes1.bsa
Skyrim - Misc.bsa
Skyrim - Patch.bsa
Skyrim - Shaders.bsa
Skyrim - Sounds.bsa
Skyrim - Textures0.bsa
Skyrim - Textures1.bsa
Skyrim - Textures2.bsa
Skyrim - Textures3.bsa
Skyrim - Textures4.bsa
Skyrim - Textures5.bsa
Skyrim - Textures6.bsa
Skyrim - Textures7.bsa
Skyrim - Textures8.bsa
Skyrim - Voices_en0.bsa
Skyrim.esm
Update.esm
Skyrim
The Skyrim folder within the game folder contains a single game INI file, SkyrimPrefs.ini.
SkyrimPrefs.ini
SkyrimPrefs.ini is read by SkyrimSELauncher.exe and used as a baseline for the preset ini files (low.ini, medium.ini, high.ini, ultra.ini) upon application of the preset buttons within the launcher's Options menu.
binkw64.dll
high.ini
installscript.vdf
low.ini
medium.ini
Skyrim.ccc
Skyrim_Default.ini
SkyrimSE.exe
SkyrimSELauncher.exe
steam_api64.dll
ultra.ini

Creation Kit files[edit]

Below is a listing and directory structure of all Creation Kit files included within the Skyrim Special Edition game directory when the Creation Kit is installed.

Skyrim Special Edition
Data
Scripts.zip
lex
User
correct.tlx
userdic.tlx
accent.tlx
ssceam.tlx
sscream2.clx
sscebr.tlx
sscebr2.clx
ssceca.tlx
ssceca2.clx
tech.tlx
Papyrus Compiler
antlr.runtime.dll
Antlr3.Runtime.dll
Antlr3.Utility.dll
PapyrusAssembler.exe
PapyrusCompiler.exe
PCompiler.dll
ScriptCompile.bat
StringTemplate.dll
Tools
Archive
Archive.exe
Audio
xwmaencode.exe
Elric
xg.dll
xtexconv.exe
HavokBehaviorPostProcess
HavokBehaviorPostProcess.exe
readme.txt
UpgradeHavokBehavior.bat
CreationKit.exe
CreationKit.ini
flowchartx64.dll
p4com64.dll

Skyrim Script Extender files[edit]

Below is a listing and directory structure of all Skyrim Script Extender files included within the Skyrim Special Edition game directory when the Skyrim Script Extender is installed.

Skyrim Special Edition
Data
Scripts
Source
ActiveMagicEffect.psc
Actor.psc
ActorBase.psc
ActorValueInfo.psc
Alias.psc
Ammo.psc
Apparatus.psc
Armor.psc
ArmorAddon.psc
Art.psc
Book.psc
Camera.psc
Cell.psc
ColorComponent.psc
ColorForm.psc
CombatStyle.psc
ConstructibleObject.psc
DefaultObjectManager.psc
Enchantment.psc
EquipSlot.psc
Faction.psc
Flora.psc
Form.psc
FormList.psc
FormType.psc
Game.psc
GameData.psc
HeadPart.psc
Ingredient.psc
Input.psc
Keyword.psc
LeveledActor.psc
LeveledItem.psc
LeveledSpell.psc
Location.psc
MagicEffect.psc
Math.psc
ModEvent.psc
NetImmerse.psc
ObjectReference.psc
Outfit.psc
Perk.psc
Potion.psc
Quest.psc
Race.psc
Scroll.psc
Shout.psc
SKSE.psc
SoulGem.psc
Sound.psc
SoundDescriptor.psc
SpawnerTask.psc
Spell.psc
StringUtil.psc
TextureSet.psc
TreeObject.psc
UI.psc
UICallback.psc
Utility.psc
Weapon.psc
Weather.psc
WornObject.psc
ActiveMagicEffect.pex
Actor.pex
ActorBase.pex
ActorValueInfo.pex
Alias.pex
Ammo.pex
Apparatus.pex
Armor.pex
ArmorAddon.pex
Art.pex
Book.pex
Camera.pex
Cell.pex
ColorComponent.pex
ColorForm.pex
CombatStyle.pex
ConstructibleObject.pex
DefaultObjectManager.pex
Enchantment.pex
EquipSlot.pex
Faction.pex
Flora.pex
Form.pex
FormList.pex
FormType.pex
Game.pex
GameData.pex
HeadPart.pex
Ingredient.pex
Input.pex
Keyword.pex
LeveledActor.pex
LeveledItem.pex
LeveledSpell.pex
Location.pex
MagicEffect.pex
Math.pex
ModEvent.pex
NetImmerse.pex
ObjectReference.pex
Outfit.pex
Perk.pex
Potion.pex
Quest.pex
Race.pex
Scroll.pex
Shout.pex
SKSE.pex
SoulGem.pex
Sound.pex
SoundDescriptor.pex
SpawnerTask.pex
Spell.pex
StringUtil.pex
TextureSet.pex
TreeObject.pex
UI.pex
UICallback.pex
Utility.pex
Weapon.pex
Weather.pex
WornObject.pex
src
common
Source files
skse64
Source files
skse64_1_5_97.dll
skse64_loader.exe
skse64_readme.txt
skse64_steam_loader.dll
skse64_whatsnew.txt

SSE Engine Fixes files[edit]

Below is a listing and directory structure of all SSE Engine Fixes files included within the Skyrim Special Edition game directory when the SSE Engine Fixes is installed.

Skyrim Special Edition
d3dx9_42.dll
tbb.dll
tbbmalloc.dll

ENB files[edit]

Below is a listing and directory structure of all ENB files included within the Skyrim Special Edition game directory when the ENB wrapper is installed. This does not include any files from any installed ENB preset.

Skyrim Special Edition
enbseries
enbadaptation.fx.ini
enbbloom.fx.ini
enbdepthoffield.fx.ini
enbeffect.fx.ini
enbeffectpostpass.fx.ini
enblens.fx.ini
_weatherlist.ini
d3d11.dll
d3dcompiler_46e.dll
enbadaptation.fx
enbbloom.fx
enbdepthoffield.fx
enbeffect.fx
enbeffectpostpass.fx
enbeffectprepass.fx
enblens.fx
enblocal.ini
enbpalette.bmp
enbraindrops.dds
enbseries.ini
enbsunsprite.bmp
enbsunsprite.fx
enbunderwater.fx
enbunderwaternoise.bmp
license_en.txt
readme_en.txt