Different platforms, Operating systems, and game clients use different file storage locations. What that location is dependent and is known among users. Of course, we shouldn’t assume that everyone knows what they are.
So, on this page, I’ll be writing about the places different clients, OS, and games store their files. You can use this page to reference to navigate different directories on your PC.
Everything here applies to Windows, Mac, and Linux.
This section is for the default installation directory of the most typical game clients. If you have any of them installed on your PC, then they are probably present in the locations mentioned below.
%PROGRAMFILES%\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher
%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher
GOG Galaxy (Beta)
GOG Galaxy client is available for only available for Windows, but there is no news about Mac and Linux versions.
Steam is available for all three major platforms with full feature support.
Origin is only available for Windows.
Default Installation Folders
Windows uses the Program Files folder to store application files. Unless specified otherwise, your games and apps will install here.
Mac OS X
Mac OS X Application Support folder is the default installation folder for apps and games.
Linux doesn’t have any standardized path for installation of apps. Depending on the type, the application files are stored in the following folders:
32 (and 64)-bit Linux:
/opt(for the installation of add-on application software packages)
Common Windows PATHS
This section is for the most common and useful environment variables in Windows. You will use most of them while navigating through the directories for finding your save files.
%SystemDrive% --> C:\
Program Files (32-bit):
C:\Program Files (x86)
Program Files (64-bit):
Local User Profile:
Public User Profile:
Local App Data:
Windows stores a lot of data for applications using the Windows registry. To open the Registry, press the Windows key + R. This will open the RUN box. Type
regedit in there and press Enter.
Most of the applications store their configuration data in this key.
If an application doesn’t have the privileges of an administrator account, Windows will store the data in the above key.
Common Linux PATHS
Linux doesn’t standardize which directories will be defined in the environment variables. Though, the most important one which you will use is the $HOME.
Common Mac OS X PATHS
Mac OS X is similar to Linux in this sphere where you don’t need to know any environment variables to find your save files.