Minecraft Save Files Location in Windows & Mac

Minecraft save files Do you want to backup your Minecraft save files? If so, you need to know the save file location. Here’s how to create a quick backup of all your save files!

Windows Save Files Location:

The save files are all stored in the .minecraft folder:

  • Hidden folder located at C:\Users\[yourusernamehere]\AppData\Roaming\.

So all you have to do is go to that location and copy the entire folder to create a backup of your save files and all other minecraft files (e.g. skins, textures, etc.)

1. Step In order to see the Minecraft folder you have to make sure that you can see hiden folders. If you don’t know how to do that, click here: Unhide hidden folders

2. Step Next, we open the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E). Then navigate to C:\Users\[yourusernamehere]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft (if you can’t see the folder AppData, repeat step 1)

Let’s take a look at the content of the minecraft folder:

Minecraft save file location

The Minecraft folder includes 3 subfolders, bin, resources and saves. The saves folder obviously contains your save files.

3. Step Select the saves folder and copy the saves folder via CTRL + C and paste it anywhere else on your hard drive via CTRL + V.

Minecraft Save Files Manager

If you are on Windows, you can also use this handy tool to manage your save files. Because the save files are kinda important (they’re your worlds after all!) in Minecraft, this could be really handy to have!

Minecraft save manager

Head over to http://sourceforge.net/projects/minecraftsavmgr/ to download the Minecraft save manager

Mac & Linux Save Files Location

Are you on a Mac or Linux? If so, the save file location will be different.

Mac Save Files: Stored in ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft ( “~” = username)
Linux Save Files: Stored in – to be added – (enter locate .minecraft into shell and you should find them)

Published: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 Last Modified: July 13, 2011

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