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Whats the equivalent to AppData folder in Linux?

asked 2011-12-21 13:23:39 -0500

SamLinux gravatar image

I want to import user settings from my Windows installation to Linux. Where do I place the AppData files on Linux?

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answered 2011-12-21 14:59:26 -0500

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updated 2011-12-21 14:59:55 -0500

It would help if you posted names of applications that you are looking to copy settings for.

There is no well defined standard for storing user settings in Linux. I will go through a few places that applications typically use.

  • Firefox: ~/.mozilla/firefox
  • Thunderbird: ~/.thunderbird
  • Gnome applications: GConf (now dconf) - A Windows registry type of storage.
  • Miscellaneous apps: ~/.config or ~/.$APP_NAME

The general trend should be obvious though. Settings are stored in "hidden" files or folders in the root of your home folder. Files or folders with a "." prefix.

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