|04-13-2009, 01:28 PM||#1|
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Steam Game Save Locations
The purpose of this thread is to create a comprehensive list of where every game available on Steam saves its data (saved games, config files, etc), so that people will know where to look when they're making backups.
Obviously, to begin with, I can only list the games that I have access to, which given how many games are currently available on Steam, is not very many. So, please, if you have a game that is not on the list, find out where it saves its data and let us know.
WINDOWS VERSION AND DIRECTORY STRUCTURE
Valve currently only officially supports the use of the Steam client on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. As such, I will only be listing the save locations for these operating systems.
If you are running the Steam client and its games on any other operating system, then you should already know enough about it to be able to find the saves on your own.
Sidenote: While not officially supported by Valve, for the purposes of this thread the Windows 7 beta and RC use the same directory structure as Windows Vista.
Similarly, Windows 2000 uses the same directory structure as Windows XP, so for simplicity's sake, I will only be listing the "XP" and "Vista" variations.
Also for simplicity's sake, rather than typing out the entire path for every single game, I will be using the shorthand forms described below.
Please note that the locations listed are only the system defaults. If you installed Steam to a different location, then simply substitute "Program Files" with the correct install path. If you changed any of the other paths, then I assume you know how to find them.
Please also note that I currently only have access to Windows Vista and 7. The locations listed for Windows XP should be accurate, but I cannot verify them personally.
[USERNAME] -- The name of the Windows account you use on your computer
[STEAMNAME] -- The name of your Steam account
[STEAMID] -- A numerical identifier for your Steam account
[STEAMPATH] -- The default location where Steam is installed
Windows 32-bit: C:\Program Files\Steam\
Windows 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\
[STEAMAPPS] -- The default location for Steam Games
All versions: [STEAMPATH]\steamapps\
[STEAMCLOUD] -- Files that synchronize with the Steam Cloud
All versions: [STEAMPATH]\userdata\[STEAMID]\
General Windows locations
[DOCUMENTS] -- The default location for the "My Documents" shell folder/library
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\My Documents\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\
[APPDATA] -- The default location for standard application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\
[LOCAL] -- The default location for system-specific application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Local Settings\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\
[PUBLICDATA] -- The default location for cross-user application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\
Windows Vista: C:\ProgramData\
[PUBLIC] -- The default location for cross-user system settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\Public\
[SAVEDGAMES] -- The Windows Vista default Saved Games folder
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[DOCUMENTS]\Saved Games\
Windows XP: I do not know of any Windows XP analog for this location. If someone does, please tell me.
I haven't had a chance to sort through the registry by hand, yet.
Most games' registry settings will probably be somewhere in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software, however, there is currently only one registry key on the list, and it's one of the exceptions.
Note for Vista users: VirtualStore
Some programs require administrative privileges in order to run normally, but do not request those privileges from the system. In order to ensure that these programs can still operate without compromising the rest of the system, Vista uses a system called VirtualStore, which saves any files or settings the program creates in a separate location.
If you cannot find your game's save files in the location listed, try checking to see if they were placed in VirtualStore instead.
VirtualStore files can be located in [LOCAL]\VirtualStore\
GAME LIST AND SAVE LOCATIONS -- Last updated April 29th, 2009, 10:55 AM Valve Time.
It should be noted that some games save data to more than one location.
Why? Who knows. I've done my best to find it all, but if anyone finds anything else floating around in a location that's not listed, again, please let us know.
For games that place data in more than one location, some (or all) of the locations listed may not contain anything of value. I do not know why these games are creating all of these folders scattered throughout Windows, I am simply doing my best to list everything that the games generate which may be missed by standard backup procedures.
Games that save OUTSIDE [STEAMAPPS]
Alien Shooter: Vengeance (2006)
Assassin's Creed™: Director's Cut Edition (2008)
Bejeweled Deluxe (2006)
Company of Heroes (2007)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Company of Heroes\
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword (2006)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\beyond the sword\
Earth 2160 (2006)
Empire: Total War™ (2009)
[APPDATA]\The Creative Assembly\Empire\
Fallout 3 (2008)
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X™ (2009)
[SAVEDGAMES]\ (exact folder unknown)
Ghost Master® (2003)
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
[LOCAL\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\ --- Saved games and configs
[DOCUMENTS]\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\ --- Miscellaneous user data
The Last Remnant™ (2009)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\The last remnant\
The Longest Journey (2000)
[APPDATA]\The Longest Journey\
Lost Planet™: Extreme Condition (2007)
Luxor 2 (2005)
Mass Effect (2008)
Mount and Blade (2008)
Mr. Robot (2007)
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One (2008)
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two (2008)
Peggle Deluxe (2007)
VISTA-ONLY: [PUBLICDATA]\PopCap Games\Peggle\
Peggle Extreme (2007)
VISTA-ONLY: [PUBLICDATA]\PopCap Games\PeggleExtreme\
XP-ONLY: [STEAMAPPS]\common\peggle extreme\userdata\
Peggle™ Nights (2008)
VISTA-ONLY: [PUBLICDATA]\PopCap Games\PeggleNights\
XP-ONLY: [STEAMAPPS]\common\peggle nights\userdata\
Perimiter 2: New Earth (2009)
Sid Meier's Pirates! (2006)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\sid meier's pirates!\
Plant Tycoon (2007)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Vegas 2 (2008)
REGISTRY: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reaxx ionRetailGMC13
[PUBLICDATA]\Hot Lava Games\ReaxxionRetail\
SpellForce 2 - Shadow Wars (2008)
Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\thief deadly shadows\save\
[DOCUMENTS]\Thief - Deadly Shadows\
Titan Quest (2007)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Titan Quest\
Titan Quest - Immortal Throne (2007)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Titan Quest - Immortal Throne\
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (2007)
[DOCUMENTS]\Eidos\Tomb Raider - Anniversary\
TrackMania Nations Forever (2008)
Trials 2: Second Edition (2008)
[DOCUMENTS]\Trials 2\ --- Replays only
[LOCAL]\Redlynx\Trials 2 SE\
Unreal Tournament 3 Black (2009)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\
Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children (2007)
[DOCUMENTS]\LDW\Virtual Villagers - The Lost Children\
Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City (2008)
[DOCUMENTS]\LDW\Virtual Villagers - The Secret City\
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (2008)
World of Goo (2008)
X3: Terran Conflict (2008)
Games that save inside the [STEAMAPPS] COMMON or [STEAMCLOUD] folder
It's probably best to back up the entire [STEAMAPPS] folder if you can, but if you're low on space, I've tried to root out the important stuff for anything that saves there.
Anything that saves in the [STEAMCLOUD] folder is automatically synchronized with the Steam Cloud and does not need to be backed up (unless you are manually synchronizing with an offline machine)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\audiosurf\Scores\ -- local high scores
Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy (2008)
Call of Duty series
[STEAMAPPS]\common\[NAME OF COD GAME]\players\profiles\
Culpa Innata (2007)
Defense Grid: The Awakening (2008)
Doom II (1994)
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\dreamfall the longest journey\saves\
Fish Tycoon (2005)
FlatOut 2™ (2006)
Gravitron 2 (2008)
Heavy Weapon Deluxe (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\heavy weapon deluxe\userdata\
Jagged Alliance 2 Gold (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\jagged alliance 2 gold\SavedGames\
[STEAMAPPS]\common\jagged alliance 2 gold unfinished business\SavedGames\
Left 4 Dead (2008)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\left 4 dead\left4dead\cfg\
[STEAMAPPS]\common\left 4 dead\left4dead\save\
Master Levels for Doom II (1995)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\master levels of doom\doom2\*.DSG
The Maw (2009)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\return to castle wolfenstein\Main\save\
Sacred Gold (2006)
Spear of Destiny (1993)
[STEAMAPPS]\common\spear of destiny\base\SAVEGAM*.SOD
Ultimate Doom (1995)
Wolfenstein 3D (1994)
Games that save inside the [STEAMNAME] folder
Again, it's best to just back up the entire [STEAMAPPS] folder, and if you don't have room to back up the actual games, then please keep in mind that the [STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME] folder ONLY saves user data. The actual files for the games are stored in the .gcf files in [STEAMAPPS].
I'm listing the locations for the Config and Save files for the sake of completion, but there really is no reason not to back up the entire [STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME] folder.
Dark Messiah Might and Magic Multi-Player (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\dark messiah might and magic multi-player\cfg\
Dark Messiah Might and Magic Single Player (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\dark messiah might and magic single player\mm\cfg\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\dark messiah might and magic single player\mm\SAVE\
Disciples II: Galleans Return (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\disciples ii galleans return\SaveGame\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\disciples ii galleans return\Exports\
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\disciples ii rise of the elves\SaveGame\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\disciples ii rise of the elves\Exports\
Garry's Mod (2006)
Half-Life 2 (2004)
Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life 2 episode one\episodic\cfg\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life 2 episode one\episodic\SAVE\
Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life 2 episode two\ep2\cfg\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life 2 episode two\ep2\SAVE\
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast (2005)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life 2 lostcoast\lostcoast\cfg\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life 2 lostcoast\lostcoast\SAVE\
Half-Life: Blue Shift (2001)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life blue shift\valve\SAVE\
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\half-life blue shift\valve\*.cfg
Half-Life: Opposing Force (1999)
Team Fortress 2 (2007)
[STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME]\team fortress 2\tf\cfg\
Games that I could not find save data for
These games, I couldn't find any save data for. Some of them, it's possible that I haven't done enough in the game to generate any data to save, but for most of them I definitely have, but still couldn't find anything.
If anyone can shed any light on these titles, as always, you're more than welcome to.
Bejeweled Twist (2008)
(I found an empty folder in [PUBLICDATA]\PopCap Games\, but that was it)
Virtual Villagers: A New Home (2006)
The Wonderful End of the World (2008)
March 2, 2010 -- Created Save Location Wiki
April 13, 2009 -- Updated Psychonauts, added Empire: Total War
April 13, 2009 -- Updated shorthand section, updated Reaxxion, Peggle series, Empire: Total War, Defense Grid: The Awakening, and I-Fluid, added Penny Arcade Adventures episodes 1 and 2, added a note about Call of Duty games
April 13, 2009 -- Added Civilization IV, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Titan Quest Gold, Unreal Tournament 3 Black, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Spellforce 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Mount and Blade, Earth 2160, The Last Remnant, Fallout 3, Company of Heroes, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, X3: Terran Conflict, Overlord, GRID, and Mass Effect, put some added emphasis on backing up the entire [STEAMAPPS]\[STEAMNAME] folder
April 13, 2009 -- Updated Peggle series, fixed up some formatting errors
April 27, 2009 -- Added Lost Planet, Disciples II, and Jagged Alliance 2, Updated Call of Duty series, made a few other edits
April 27, 2009 -- Updated Fish Tycoon and Buccaneer
April 29, 2009 -- Added Heavy Weapon Deluxe and Bejeweled Twist
Last edited by Kailieann: 03-02-2010 at 02:51 PM.
|04-13-2009, 01:31 PM||#3|
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Very good idea. Empire Total War saves its files in "C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming for Windows 7/Vista
|04-13-2009, 01:38 PM||#4|
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|04-13-2009, 02:46 PM||#5|
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Reaxxion don't save on Hard Disk, but on System Registry at : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reaxx ionRetailGMC13
Peggle games save in SteamApps\Common\<peggle game>\userdata
Also, if someone is interested i made a program that automatically backup and restore savegame and settings for Steam games. Actually is still in beta (i need to work to the auto update feature, but can't find the time to do it) but i can release it if someone is interested.
It supports saves inside steam, outside, different accounts (useful for games in personal account) and registry entries.
Let me know if someone want it.
Last edited by Tharon: 04-13-2009 at 02:52 PM.
|04-13-2009, 02:57 PM||#6|
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|04-13-2009, 03:05 PM||#8|
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Defense Grid (Uses Steamcloud) C:\Program Files\Steam\userdata\<userID>\18500
I-Fluid steam\steamapps\common\i-fluid file driverEvas.dlu
C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name Here\Local Settings\Application Data\HotheadGames\RainSlickEp1
C:\Users\Your User Name Here\Appdata\Local\HotheadGames\RainSlickEp1
Last edited by AciD: 04-13-2009 at 03:42 PM.
|04-13-2009, 04:28 PM||#9|
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I added a note, for now.
|04-13-2009, 04:52 PM||#10|
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Here's a pile on Vista:
Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\beyond the sword
Sid Meier's Pirates!
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\sid meier's pirates!
Titan Quest (+ expansion)
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Titan Quest
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Titan Quest - Immortal Throne
Unreal Tournament 3
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Unreal Tournament 3
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
[DOCUMENTS]\Rockstar Games\GTA IV
(misc stuff only, benchmarks, links to user music, saved videos)
[LOCAL]\Rockstar Games\GTA IV
(actual savegames, settings)
Mount and Blade
Last edited by Akiha: 04-13-2009 at 05:00 PM. Reason: Removed ones already listed
|04-13-2009, 05:08 PM||#11|
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The Last Remnant
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\The last remnant\RushGame\Save
Company of Heroes
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\Company of Heroes\Savegames
[DOCUMENTS]\My Games\sid meier's civilization iv\Saves
Last edited by damaged: 04-13-2009 at 05:20 PM.
|04-13-2009, 05:21 PM||#12|
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|04-13-2009, 05:23 PM||#13|
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|04-13-2009, 05:24 PM||#14|
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Team Fortress 2 doesn't "save" in the "cfg" folder, it just stores settings there. You might want to include the "screenshots" folder too, based on your loose definition of "save".
|04-13-2009, 05:27 PM||#15|
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