EditorPaths

Inherits: Object

Editor-only singleton that returns paths to various OS-specific data folders and files.

Description

This editor-only singleton returns OS-specific paths to various data folders and files. It can be used in editor plugins to ensure files are saved in the correct location on each operating system.

Note: This singleton is not accessible in exported projects. Attempting to access it in an exported project will result in a script error as the singleton won't be declared. To prevent script errors in exported projects, use Engine.has_singleton to check whether the singleton is available before using it.

Note: Godot complies with the XDG Base Directory Specification on all platforms. You can override environment variables following the specification to change the editor and project data paths.

Tutorials

Methods

String

get_cache_dir ( ) const

String

get_config_dir ( ) const

String

get_data_dir ( ) const

String

get_project_settings_dir ( ) const

String

get_self_contained_file ( ) const

bool

is_self_contained ( ) const

Method Descriptions

  • String get_cache_dir ( ) const

Returns the absolute path to the user's cache folder. This folder should be used for temporary data that can be removed safely whenever the editor is closed (such as generated resource thumbnails).

Default paths per platform:

- Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Godot\
- macOS: ~/Library/Caches/Godot/
- Linux: ~/.cache/godot/

  • String get_config_dir ( ) const

Returns the absolute path to the user's configuration folder. This folder should be used for persistent user configuration files.

Default paths per platform:

- Windows: %APPDATA%\Godot\                    (same as `get_data_dir()`)
- macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Godot/  (same as `get_data_dir()`)
- Linux: ~/.config/godot/

  • String get_data_dir ( ) const

Returns the absolute path to the user's data folder. This folder should be used for persistent user data files such as installed export templates.

Default paths per platform:

- Windows: %APPDATA%\Godot\                    (same as `get_config_dir()`)
- macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Godot/  (same as `get_config_dir()`)
- Linux: ~/.local/share/godot/

  • String get_project_settings_dir ( ) const

Returns the project-specific editor settings path. Projects all have a unique subdirectory inside the settings path where project-specific editor settings are saved.


  • String get_self_contained_file ( ) const

Returns the absolute path to the self-contained file that makes the current Godot editor instance be considered as self-contained. Returns an empty string if the current Godot editor instance isn't self-contained. See also is_self_contained.


  • bool is_self_contained ( ) const

Returns true if the editor is marked as self-contained, false otherwise. When self-contained mode is enabled, user configuration, data and cache files are saved in an editor_data/ folder next to the editor binary. This makes portable usage easier and ensures the Godot editor minimizes file writes outside its own folder. Self-contained mode is not available for exported projects.

Self-contained mode can be enabled by creating a file named ._sc_ or _sc_ in the same folder as the editor binary while the editor is not running. See also get_self_contained_file.

Note: The Steam release of Godot uses self-contained mode by default.