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The application directory stores

  • the saves (every save is a zip-file)
  • the Mods
  • scenarios
  • configuration
  • Log File (since v0.10.0).

The directory structure is self-explaining.

You can delete for example the configuration-file; it will be generated new with the defaults.

It is recommended to create backups from this directory, before you install a new version.

Windows

Installation by Zip-package

Application directory is the same as the unpacked factorio directory.

For example, if you unpacked the zip to

C:\Factorio

Then your saves can be found in

C:\Factorio\saves

and mods in

C:\Factorio\mods

Installation via Installer

The installation package will extract based on UAC (User Access Control) standards. In other words, the factorio directory will be wherever you installed it (Program files by default) and the user data folders (saves, player data etc) can be found in

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Factorio

For computers running Windows Vista or newer (with UAC active):

%appdata%\factorio

MacOSx

The application should be by default installed in the Apps-folder.

Whereas the data is stored under

/users/<replace with your username>/Library/Application Support/factorio

Which is equivalent to

~/Library/Application Support/factorio

You can type in this into the Finder (press SHIFT-COMMAND-G for goto folder) and put in exactly this line.' Or you can use in Finder the 'Find a folder' and write '~/Library/Application Support' (See Can't find Mods folder).

The factorio internal application-data can be found (when you have installed it) in

/Applications/factorio.app/Contents/data

Same directory structure as in Application support.

Linux

Data is stored under

__Game_Install_Directory__

Changing the application directory

The following discussion applies to version 0.11.13.

It is possible to change the application directory location for Factorio.

This can be done by editing the location of the "write-data" entry in the file __Game_Install_directory/config/config.ini. This affects the location of mods, scenario and temp.

If you want to move only the location of your save files you can change the the save directory using symlinks but this still means that all users of the computer will share the same data, including settings.

Linux

Update __Game_Install_directory/config-path.cfg

use-system-read-write-data-directories=true

Update __Game_Install_directory/config/config.ini

[path]
read-data=__PATH__executable__/../../data
write-data=.local/share/factorio

You could set the write-data value to .factorio if you prefer.

Once you have done this, you can remove write permissions to the entire game installation directory except for config/config.ini, which must be writable by all people who wish to play the game.

Note that if someone changes any options, in-game, those option changes will apply to everyone who plays on the same computer.

See also