Very recently, blender crashed and deleted some of my work. I looked into the autosave directory after I tried to reopen my file. The reopened older version (without my recent changes) was the only version available in the autosave directory. It disappointed me that my changes were gone in the very recently autosaved file. In the user preferences panel I saw some autosave settings, none of which seemed to change how many previous versions of autosave files there were.

My question is this:
Is there a setting in the user preferences that will alter the amount of autosave versions saved as seperate files? Is there an addon that will work to the same effect?


  • $\begingroup$ Related blender.stackexchange.com/questions/14101/… and blender.stackexchange.com/questions/14413/…. Autosave versions and their amount are setup in the User Preferences > File $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Mr Zak But the "save versions" value is for saving manually (I know this setting deals with the blend1, blend2 etc. files), the true autosave settings only include frequency, not number of previous versions. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ Save versions is something automatically saved in addition to the main saved file but this occurs only in time of saving file with Ctrl+S.This is the amount which can be setup. No way by default to enable autosaving mutliple versions of the file. Autosave depends on time period setup in the Timer below Auto Save Temporary files $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 18:51

1 Answer 1


There is an addon now. You can find it here.

The Save on open option lets you go back to the start, while Save before close covers you for forgetting to save when opening another file or starting a new one, it doesn't get triggered before closing blender so that can still get you. While they do sound good, they can be a bit much if you just go quickly looking through a lot of blend files.

File copies are saved with a timestamp prefix in the name, so you can easily see how old any copy is or choose how far back you want to go.

prefs for auto save addon

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I installed the addon, still yet to use it in order to access Blender-crash-lost work in the future. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 25, 2017 at 14:32

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