Application directory/Changing the save directory

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By default the save location is at this path:

  • Windows (Zip file): <install directory>\saves
  • Windows (Installer): C:\Users\<username>\AppData\factorio\saves
  • OSX: ~/Library/"Application Support"/factorio/saves
  • Linux: ~/.factorio/saves

To store just your saves in something like Dropbox, do the following while the game isn't running:

  1. Move your saves to the new location
  2. Remove the existing saves directory
  3. Make a symlink to the new saves directory

For our examples I'll assume I've created a directory in my Dropbox named factorio and created another directory inside that called saves:

  • Windows: D:\Dropbox\factorio\saves
  • OSX: ~/Dropbox/factorio/saves


  1. Open a command prompt as administrator: Start Menu->All Programs->Accessories->Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Change to the factorio directory: cd \<install directory> or cd \Users\<username>\AppData\factorio
  3. Make the link: mklink /D saves D:\Dropbox\factorio\saves
  4. If done correctly, should look like this: 05/06/2014 07:57 PM <SYMLINKD> saves [d:\Dropbox\factorio\saves]


  1. Open Terminal
  2. Change to the directory: cd ~/Library/"Application Support"/factorio/"
  3. Create the symlink: ln -s ~/Dropbox/factorio/saves
  4. If done correctly, ls -alF should show something like: lrwxr-xr-x 1 username staff 37 May 6 17:40 saves -> /Users/username/Dropbox/factorio/saves

Don't load the same save on two different computers at the same time

Dropbox will generate a sync error and create alternate files, other sync programs may have different behaviors.