Best Elite Dangerous Mods, Apps and Add-Ons in 2021 (UPDATED)

Log Your Travels

One advantage of Elite Dangerous having such an incredible scale is we can explore any star system we wish.  But, how do you keep track of such epic adventures?  Enter Captain’s Log.  This is an explorer’s dream.

There’s also EDDiscovery, which can track your Elite Dangerous travels, combat, trading, rank, commodities, materials, scans and all host of other data.  It tells you which planets are high value and terraformable with little icons next to them, so you can be more efficient with your probing, streamlining some of the more tedious aspects of the game.

Map Out The Stars

The sheer number of star systems to explore in Elite Dangerous is simply staggering.  Fortunately, there are a couple of resources that will help you to keep track of what’s out there.

Elite Dangerous Star Map has many routes, maps, expeditions and logs.  It is also a good place to post your findings.

EDAstro is another great resource, with lots of galaxy maps and charts.  All data is based on scanned bodies, and/or visited systems.

Keep on Top of Your Screenshots

For those who love taking screenshots while they explore the many different star systems on offer, the Screen Shot Changer mod adds the ability to save the current system name into the screenshot name when you hit F10.

It’s a simple improvement, but a significant one.

Engineer Materials, Data and Blueprints Tracker

EDEngineer tracks materials and data and also keeps track of blueprints, listing the current data/materials needed.  This is a HUGE timesaver and allows Commanders to keep focused on the task at hand after the weary 2,000th jump in search of a part.

Monitor The Market

The Elite Dangerous Market Connector app can download your Commander’s details, along with system, faction, scan, and station data.  It can then:


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  1. For Head Tracking you missed EDTracker.
    It uses motion sensors, so no need for cameras or darkened rooms. There’s DIY instructions and tools for a microUSB version and a commercial Pro version that comes in wired and wireless variants. Very good indeed, and compatible with facetrackIR and Opentrack software. Cost $10 – $85 depending on what you want.

  2. Yep EdTracker is a minimal spend wired and wireless very effective very responsive a must buy if you’re not going all in on VR

  3. Just want to share the free mod skin lol challenger avatar generator that I was able to create, you might want to try it out, you’ll get the chance to choose and create your own avatar, it’s very easy and anytime you wanted to change you don’t have to pay and spend a single cent.

  4. While this was a nice list, your webpage layout sucks majorly, making me reaload the thing 10 times to see 7.5 mods, a hw reccommendation and a question???
    I know you’re desparate for clicks but with this design I’m adding your entire domain to my blocker.

  5. Hello ‘Fedup’,

    Thank you for your feedback. I doubt you’ll be returning given your comment (and your second, offensive, deleted message) but just a heads up – I do listen to feedback, whether good or bad, and try to make improvements.

    Following your feedback, I’ve reduced the pages from 10 down to 3, which will mean less clicking but will still separate out the links into an order. It’s really difficult to balance the visitor experience with the commercial side that is a necessary evil for sites like ours to survive. We got the balance wrong on this one and hopefully the improvement helps to balance that out better.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment.

  6. looking for auto docking, I just bought the Asp Explorer and sold the Diamondback scout. Went to travel to next destination and arrived , clicked on docking permission and found it dosen’t auto dock anymore.

  7. Did you transfer your auto dock before selling? If not, it’s a manual effort. noobie mistake, done it my self on my first ship change.

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