I need to reinstall Blender but I want to backup my startup file first. Where is this data stored?


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When uninstalling (on Windows at least), you don't need to worry about this, Blender will ask you if you want to keep or remove your config files etc, simply choose the former and after reinstalling, your settings will still be there.

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Additionally, if you uninstall and the version you are installing is different from the last, press Copy Previous Settings and it will apply your stored config to your fresh install after which you can save as your new default with CtrlU.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the wiki page for where things are stored in the different OSs $\endgroup$
    – brita_
    Feb 2, 2015 at 12:07
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    $\begingroup$ Blender recently became available on Steam, so I've opted to use that version. This answer was exactly what I was looking for! $\endgroup$
    – Gigazelle
    Apr 25, 2015 at 6:12

The configuration files are:

startup.blend and userpref.blend, bookmarks.txt, recent-files.txt,


The following files are stored in:

%APPDATA%\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.73\config

(%APPDATA% points to C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming)

In more recent versions of Windows it will be in:

C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\<VersionNumber>\config

Note that AppData is a hidden folder, you can change directory to AppData from the command line.


The Linux versions stores the same files at this path



For OS X, the config files can be located at

/Users/<UserName>/Library/Application Support/Blender/2.73/config

The Library folder is also likely to be hidden by default so you may have to look up how to unhide it.

More info: https://www.blender.org/manual/en/getting_started/installing/configuration/directories.html

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    $\begingroup$ A shortcut to Appdata is to type %appdata% into any folder's address bar. $\endgroup$ Jan 17, 2015 at 12:11
  • $\begingroup$ That is the most likely place - full path details can be found here $\endgroup$
    – sambler
    Jan 18, 2015 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ Changed the C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming to %APPDATA% to help others. I hope that's ok. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Jun 17, 2015 at 18:28

I don't know where it is stored, but you could just save your startup file as a normal .blend file, open it in the new blender installation and press CtrlU to set this file as your new startup file.

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    $\begingroup$ Since about 2.60 the startup is now in two files - startup.blend and userpref.blend this will save the main scene file but not the preference settings. $\endgroup$
    – sambler
    Jan 18, 2015 at 2:56

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