How do I find my Minecraft Folder?

Often when doing maintenance on a server or Minecraft files on your Home PC you will need to find relevant folders and understand the structure of them. This guide will showcase a variety of ways to access your folders both in Minecraft: Java Edition and modded Minecraft launchers as well as explaining the basics of where certain elements of the game are stored on your PC.


Contents

  1. Locating your Minecraft Folder and Files
    1.1. Method 1: Using your PCs File Explorer
    1.2. Method 2: Modded Launchers
    1.3. Method 3: The Resource Folder
    1.4. Method 4: Profile Options in the Launcher
  2. Minecraft Folder Structure
    2.1. Crash Reports
    2.2. Logs
    2.3. Single-Player Saves
    2.4. World Files
    2.5. Mods and Config Files
  3. Troubleshooting
  4. Further Reading & External Links

Locating your Minecraft folder and files

Method 1: Using your PCs file explorer

Windows file explorer

Note that this method will only work for Minecraft: Java Edition installations.
If you are using modded Minecraft, use Method 2 or 3.

  1. Start the search window from your desktop start menu
    On almost every version of Windows, this can be found by clicking on the Start Menu.
  2. Type %appdata% into the search and hit enter.
  3. Click on the .minecraft folder.

Mac Finder

Note that this method will only work for Minecraft: Java Edition installations.
If you are using modded Minecraft, use Method 2 or 3.

  1. Open Finder on your Mac.
  2. Navigate to your user root directory.
  3. Click on Library.
  4. Click on Application Support.
  5. Click on minecraft.

Linux users

Note that this method will only work for Minecraft: Java Edition installations.
If you are using modded Minecraft, use Method 2 or 3.

  1. Open your user root directory.
  2. Click on .minecraft.

Method 2: Modded launchers

Dependant on which launcher you are using, there will be different ways of finding your files.
The first step for any Modded launcher is to start it and let the main-screen open.

Twitch/Curse launcher

  1. Click on Mods.
    Twitch main title bar
  2. Click on Minecraft.
    Twitch game selection
  3. Right-click one of your Minecraft profiles (These are the images displaying each mod-pack you have installed).
  4. Click Open Folder.
    Twitch profile right-click

Technic launcher

  1. Click on Modpacks.
  2. Click the gear next to Modpack Options.
    Technic launcher pack options
  3. Click Open (This is next to the field showing your file path for Minecraft).
    Technic install path

ATLauncher

  1. Click Instances.
  2. Click Open Folder on your chosen Pack.

FTB launcher

  1. Select the pack you wish to open the folder for.
  2. Click Edit Mod Pack.
    FTBLauncher edit modpack
  3. Click Open Folder on the left-hand side.

Method 3: Resources folder (Recommended)

  1. Start Minecraft
  2. From the main menu in-game click Options.
    Minecraft options
  3. Click on Resource Packs.
    Minecraft resource packs
  4. Click on Open Resource Pack Folder.
    Open reosurce pack folder
  5. Navigate up one level in the window that opens to find the main Minecraft folder.

Method 4: Profile options in the launcher

Note that this method will only work for Minecraft: Java Edition installations.
If you are using modded Minecraft, use Method 2 or 3.

  1. Start the Minecraft launcher.
  2. Do not click play. This method uses the launcher window.
  3. At the top of the splash screen click Launch Options.
    Minecraft launch options
  4. Select a profile or create a new one.
    Minecraft profile selection
  5. Click the green arrow icon next to the Game Directory box.
    Minecraft install path

Did You Know


Minecraft folder structure

Crash Reports

  • Crash reports are used to find a cause for a crash as well as providing details on which mods are or are not working.
  • Within the Minecraft root directory, they are found in a folder called crash_reports.
  • If you do not see this folder then you most likely, have not had a crash yet.

Logs

  • Log files are a record of everything that has happened during loading of the mod-pack as well as tracking all activity in-game.
  • They can be used to locate a specific time, location and cause of crashes and other problems.
  • Within the Minecraft root directory, they are found in a folder called logs.
  • Scroll down the list of logs and find latest to obtain the most recent information.

Single-Player Saves

  • Saves contain all information about a world and dimensions in a game.
  • Within the Minecraft root directory, they are found in a folder called saves.
  • This folder does not exist on a server.
  • If you want to find similar information on a server use the world folder as detailed below.

World Files

  • World folders contain all the information about a world both on single-Player and servers.
  • On single-player they can be found by first opening the saves folder.
  • The world folders on single-player and servers will have the same name as the world that you created.

Mods and Config Files

  • Mods for Minecraft create two folders within the root directory.
  • mods contains all the .jar files that activate and process mods in your save.
  • configs contains text files that set the functions and options of a mod.
  • The configs will always have names that relate to or match the appropriate mods. This can make them easier to find
    On occassion a mod will create a folder in configs rather than a single file. These can be accessed and adjusted in the same way as the standard config files.

Troubleshooting

  • The biggest issue that you may come across when trying to find your Minecraft folders occurs when a custom installation path was chosen.
  • In this case, Method 3: The Resource Folder is still effective at finding your folders for you.
  • If you have experienced a crash but no crash reports have generated then the issue may be related to Forge, JAVA or the launcher itself. Make sure that they are all up to date and working properly.

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