Jump to content

[GUIDE] How to Locate or Move Your User Data Location


Recommended Posts

2018_guide.thumb.png.dc8f38c819fef7a7b16c58953f65a70a.png

How to Locate or Move your User Data Location

I've made a slight change to the guide this year to make it easier to update in the future, the content in it now applies to each version since Football Manger 2016 you just need to change the year for the version you are using in the instructions and follow any specific instructions for that version.

For Football Manager 2016-2019  your User Data Location was no longer listed or editable from within the game.

And since Football Manager 2017 the Touch Mode is a separate entry in your Steam Game Library so the instructions are slightly different depending on which mode of Football Manager you are using since FM2017.

Finally with Football Manager 2020 the option to view and change your User Data Location has been added back into the Preferences Menu so you can adjust it in-game.

I've also updated the guide to reflect that the Gamepass (Microsoft Store) version of the game uses a slightly different location, whilst the Epic Game Store version should just use the same location as the Steam Version.

This guide is split into three parts;

1. How to Locate Your User Data Location - If you only want to add custom content to your game or want access to your save game this is the guide you want.

2. How to Change Your User Data Location - If you want to move your user data location to a different part of your computer then you need to read this part of the guide as well.

3. Troubleshooting - If you are having problems then try the suggestions from this post.

Edited by michaeltmurrayuk
updated for fm20
Link to post
Share on other sites

How To Locate Your Default User Data Location

Before you try to locate your User Data Location you will first need to have run the game once (getting to the start screen and then exiting is enough) this ensures that the game has generated the default folders.

Once you have done that Your User Data Location will be found in one of the following locations depending on which Operating System your computer is using:

Windows

C:\Users\[Your Windows Username]\Documents\Sports Interactive\

Mac

/Users/[Your Mac Username]/Documents/Sports Interactive/

Linux

/home/documents/Sports Interactive/

Once you have located the Sports Interactive folder you should see that it contains folders for every version of Football Manager you have run on that computer, so open the folder that corresponds to the version of FM you are using.

FM TOUCH USERS: Since FM17 the Touch Version has it's own folders so if using that version you'll want the Touch folder, for older versions of Touch it just used the same folder as the main game.

GAMEPASS/MICROSOFT STORE USERS: If you are using this version of the game then your User Data Location is in a slightly different folder, you'll need to open the Football Manager folder for the year of the game you are using and inside this folder you'll notice a Gamepass folder and this is the folder you need.

The Epic Game Store Version should just use the same location as the Steam version.

Your User Data Location is where the game stores any user generated files, this can be files generated by the game such as Save Games (though you can still customize your save game location from the save game menus in game), saved shortlists, tactics or custom views, or it will be where you put any custom graphics you have downloaded such as skins, kits or logos.

Whilst the process to change and locate your User Data Location has changed since FM16 the subfolders (such as graphics and skins) that you put user generated content into hasn't changed and as such you should follow the same procedures as in previous versions.

Also note if the game doesn't create the graphics folder within your User Data Location, you will need to create this folder before adding custom graphics.

 

Football Manager 2020

If you are still struggling to find your User Data Location then FM20 has finally added back the option to view this location from within the Preferences menu, for instructions on how to do this in-game then please see the below post on Changing the location.

Edited by michaeltmurrayuk
updated for FM19+FM20 Gamepass location
Link to post
Share on other sites

How to change your User Data Location

Football Manager 2020

With FM20 you can now again change your User Data Location from within the game. In addition it shouldn't matter which Store Version of FM20 you are using or if you are using the Touch Version as the instructions should be the same.

To do this go to the Preferences Menu, then in the search bar type 'location' your Preferences Menu should now look something like this:

fm20udl.jpg.04ea9474e1dc557ee0c58d730a541364.jpg

If you select the 'Change Folder' option a folder select dialog will popup and from here you can browse to and select the new location you want your User Data Location to be located at.

Once done click confirm, exit and reload the game and the game will automatically generate the needed subfolders (such as games and skins).

Though if you are adding custom graphics you will need to create the graphics folder yourself.

There also shouldn't be any problem with setting both your Full and Touch Mode Saving Locations to the same location, which should save you having to duplicate any custom graphics you have downloaded.

Also note that if you have already created anything in game with the default location set (such as save games, shortlists, or tactics) you will need to manually copy the items over to your new location.

To reset your User Data Location to the default location, then go back to the Preferences Menu, again search for 'location' and this time select the 'Reset to Default' option, Confirm your changes then exit the game, and then copy your files back over to the default location if need be.

 

Football Manager 2016-19

NOTE: Screenshots are from FM17 but the same applies for FM16 and FM18 just change the year for the version you are using.

Since FM2016 you are no longer able to adjust your User Data Location (Saving Location) from within the Preferences Menu.

This feature was removed because it was apparently causing confusion among users, however it is still possible to adjust your User Data Location if you don't want it in the default location, however you now need to add a command line to the game launch options.

(NOTE: You only need to follow the below instructions if you want to move the location, these instructions aren't needed if you are just wanting to add content to the default location).

To do this follow the instructions below:

- Go into Steam -> Library -> Games view.

- Locate the version of Football Manager you are using and right-click on the game.

- Select 'Properties'

- Click 'Set Launch Options...'

- Copy the following into the dialogue box: --user_data_location="<path>"

- In the <path> section, enter the exact path you wish the folder to be generated (ie D:\Users\ etc)

So for example if you wanted your User Data Location to be G:\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2017

You would add the following text to the dialogue box:

--user_data_location="G:\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2017"

So your Launch Options box should look something like this for Football Manager 2017:

fm17_savinglocation_launchbox.jpg.ba2f3d

Note that this folder location needs to already exist on your hard drive before setting the launch option, then when you next launch Football Manager the game will automatically generate the needed subfolders (such as games and skins). There also shouldn't be any problem with setting both your Full and Touch Mode Saving Locations to the same location, which should save you having to duplicate any custom graphics you have downloaded. You should also be able to set the location to that used by a previous version of the game, just make sure to backup your save games so you don't overwrite them and to remove any non-compatible custom graphics first.

If done correctly the contents of your custom User Data Location should look something like this after having run the game with the launch option set:

fm17_savinglocation_folders.thumb.jpg.cd

Also note that if you have already created anything in game with the default location set (such as save games, shortlists, or tactics) you will need to manually copy the items over to your new location. And if the game doesn't create the graphics folder you'll need to create this folder yourself before adding any custom graphics.

To reset your User Data Location to the default position you just need to delete the command line and on your next restart of FM17 the game will go back to using the default location. (Again you'll need to manually copy over any existing files from your old custom location to the default location for them to be read by the game).

Edited by michaeltmurrayuk
updated for FM19+FM20
Link to post
Share on other sites

Troubleshooting

If the game isn't reading your graphics from your custom location.

- First check to make sure that the game has created the default folders inside your location (skins, games etc...)
- If the game hasn't created the folders make sure the folder name and path matches what you put in the Launch Options box and that you created the folder before running FM.
- Make sure you have turn off the skin cache and reloaded your skin and followed any install instructions to get custom graphics working.
- If it still doesn't work then try using a different location with a shorter name i.e. C:\FM18

MAC - If you are running your custom location from a usb drive then you location needs to start volumes\usb\<Folder_Path>

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 7 months later...

Trying to change my user location on Mac is driving me absolutely up the wall. Needed to get it out of my Documents folder, because it was causing iCloud issues.

 

This is what I have in launch options at the moment:

--user_data_location="/Users/j*********r/Games/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2018/"

 

and this is a copy/paste of the directory info:

/Users/j*********r/Games/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2018

 

I've tried putting it in any way I can think of. With/without the / at the front and/or back, with/without Macintosh HD before Users... etc etc.

 

Nothing seems to be working. Does anyone know the 100% right way to make Steam/FM find that folder?

Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, michaeltmurrayuk said:

Have you made sure the folder location above exists and that FM can access it?

I don't use a Mac so not sure of how the folder path is laid out, @Lucas Weatherby is a Mac user so he might know what exactly you need to type in the path bit.

Yeah, the folder definitely exists.

Fingers crossed @Lucas Weatherby can help. I'm going through several stages of insanity with this - really doesn't seem like it should be this difficult. :D

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 20/06/2018 at 08:38, TopToffee said:

Yeah, the folder definitely exists.

Fingers crossed @Lucas Weatherby can help. I'm going through several stages of insanity with this - really doesn't seem like it should be this difficult. :D

Have you tried removing the / in front of "/Users/" ? 

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Lucas Weatherby said:

Have you tried removing the / in front of "/Users/" ? 

Yeah, have tried no / at the start and/or end (all combinations). Have also tried starting the path with Macintosh HD, before Users

Link to post
Share on other sites

Try using just this: 

-user_data_location=Users/j*********r/Games/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2018

Make sure the full path exists.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Nurudin said:

Is this work for FM 19?

I'd like to know this as well. 

I've tried changing mine based on the steps listed above. But have had no joy in getting it to work. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Update: Finally got it to work with 19, after a few hours.

 

Edited by Christo
Link to post
Share on other sites
vor 22 Stunden schrieb Christo:

I'd like to know this as well. 

I've tried changing mine based on the steps listed above. But have had no joy in getting it to work. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Update: Finally got it to work with 19, after a few hours.

 

can you share how you got it to work? it's not working the above described way for me.

Link to post
Share on other sites

@Nurudin @Klausfritzdieter

What are you trying to do?

- If you want to locate the default folder you need to have run the game at least once for the default folders to be generated. Also if you are running windows and have the library feature turned on check your library folders and remove the public documents location as that may result in you having duplicate Sports Interactive folders listed. (though the game should still read from both).

- If you are moving the location then first make sure the game isn't running, then need to create the folder you want to use and to save any problems highlight the folder path in windows and copy the full thing, then paste that in the path bit to ensure you haven't made a typo. Also if you are having problems then try putting the location in the root of one of your drives with a short name i.e. C:\FM19.

If none of that works then post up a screenshot of your launch box and a screenshot of the folder location you are wanting to use. (as per the above screenshots).

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

It would be much better, if FM would save the user-data, save-data, all data, in the same directory where FM is stored. So FM\userdata  & FM\Saves etc. In the end the users knows best where he has the most space and the Files are all together - more easy to make a backup. And c:\ ist vulnurable for viruses and at pc-crash the parition will be lost.

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, o0Pascal0o said:

It would be much better, if FM would save the user-data, save-data, all data, in the same directory where FM is stored. So FM\userdata  & FM\Saves etc. In the end the users knows best where he has the most space and the Files are all together - more easy to make a backup. And c:\ ist vulnurable for viruses and at pc-crash the parition will be lost.

Also means you'd have to run FM in administrator mode 24/7 or FM wouldnt be able to write to the registry. The current method is industry accepted, not only for gaming but also software, for a reason

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
  • 2 weeks later...

HI, guys and Happy New Year!

I have this question:

I have fm17 and fm18 on Win7. I want to use ONE graphics folder for both. Can I do that and how?

If I set the FM18 launch attribute to FM17 user files there are incompatible skins, editor data files in it.

What can I do??

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

Hi, for people who don’t have steam what should I do?  I’ve created a batch file with - - user_data_location=“F:\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2019” (I have everything on an external hard drive, including the game) and posted it on where .exe is located, but it doesn’t seem to work. I wanted to change my Sports Interactive folder to my external hard drive... 

Link to post
Share on other sites
37 minutes ago, Pinoquio413 said:

Hi, for people who don’t have steam what should I do?  I’ve created a batch file with - - user_data_location=“F:\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2019” (I have everything on an external hard drive, including the game) and posted it on where .exe is located, but it doesn’t seem to work. I wanted to change my Sports Interactive folder to my external hard drive... 

buy the game

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 months later...

@michaeltmurrayuk Hi Michael, quick question. Will doing this overwrite existing folders and create new ones or will it pick up the existing folders+content? I recently installed a new SSD on my PC and am launching FM19 from the old HDD so am trying tog et the game to recognize my older folder and files.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

Hi all,

Sorry for posting here if it's the wrong place.

I signed up for the Xbox/PC Game Pass announced yesterday at the Xbox E3 keynote, and saw FM19 was included, so installed immediately, however the locations mentioned above do not seem to work for this version (they do not get created upon launching the game, and manually creating them does not work either).

Anyone have any ideas?

 

EDIT: 

I've found the answer:

In the usual folder (My Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 20XX) there is a folder called GamePass (which was hidden for me, until I started hunting!) and all new content goes in there as usual

Edited by reno79
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
On 10/06/2019 at 12:00, reno79 said:

Hi all,

Sorry for posting here if it's the wrong place.

I signed up for the Xbox/PC Game Pass announced yesterday at the Xbox E3 keynote, and saw FM19 was included, so installed immediately, however the locations mentioned above do not seem to work for this version (they do not get created upon launching the game, and manually creating them does not work either).

Anyone have any ideas?

 

EDIT: 

I've found the answer:

In the usual folder (My Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 20XX) there is a folder called GamePass (which was hidden for me, until I started hunting!) and all new content goes in there as usual

So everything is working fine with the gamepass version?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...
On 18/06/2019 at 13:07, MrGizMo said:

So everything is working fine with the gamepass version?

With the GamePass version there is no access to the editor, and I'm unable to find the langdb.dat file to be able to use FMScout's editor.

Apart from that it appears to be all good

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

Great work, thanks for your effort, @michaeltmurrayuk. Is there anyone who has experienced the performance difference of relocating the user data folder from an SSD to an HDD as I am considering to do since the additional graphics take too much space (almost 15 GB)? For example, when visiting a player's profile, I do not experience any delay. Will it be same if I relocate the user data folder to a HDD? Asking since I do not have any idea how the caching is implemented in FM.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

Got a weird situation where I've changed the launch options for both Touch and the full version to the exact same path (to save having 2 copies of graphics etc)

It's working perfectly on the full version, but Touch isn't finding any of the graphics files etc, and keeps creating a user folder in the default location.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
5 hours ago, bluestillidie00 said:

 

Thank you. How is TCS 2020 coming along? I used your skin for FM19 and loved the simplicity and cleanliness of it. Hasn't SI taken your idea of the colored panel for the player info from that skin?

Link to post
Share on other sites
30 minutes ago, yonko said:

Thank you. How is TCS 2020 coming along? I used your skin for FM19 and loved the simplicity and cleanliness of it. Hasn't SI taken your idea of the colored panel for the player info from that skin?

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 8 months later...
  • 1 month later...

Epic Games Launcher > Setting > Scroll down > Click FOOTBALL MANAGER 2020 > Check Command-Line Arguments(?) > Type --user_data_location="YOUR LOCATION" Back to Library and launch FM20

Seemns it can be done.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes horribly late but the information in the opening posts has finally been updated for FM19 and FM20.

Changes

- FM20 finally added back the option to view and change your User Data Location from within the Preferences Menu, though it is a bit hidden, details are in the opening posts.

- Gamepass version of FM19 and FM20 uses a slightly different location, Epic Games Version should use the same location as the Steam Version.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...