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How to change the Minecraft game directory Minecraft: Java Edition

The Minecraft Launcher is capable of storing each of your profiles in a separate game directory. This can be useful, for example, if you need to keep mods separated, or if you’re playing alpha and beta versions.

What is the game directory?

The game directory is the folder on your device, used by Minecraft to store your individual profiles. This includes; settings, texture packs and mods. However, by default Minecraft will use your base minecraft folder for all profiles. As a result, things can quickly become messy and time consuming to play a specific profile. To remedy this, you can set a separate folder for each profile. To achieve this, follow the steps below:

Guide:

Open the launcher and click Installations

Minecraft launcher with installations highlighted

Click the 3 dots next to the profile you want to edit, then choose edit

Minecraft launcher installations screen
Minecraft launcher installations screen

Click Browse in the game directory box.

Game directory section. Minecraft Launcher

Create a new folder inside your Minecraft folder and rename it.

Choose folder location
Confirm new game directory

Click Save to save the new game directory.

Save game directory changes

Repeat these steps, for each profile you have.

That’s it!

Your profile will now use the folder you set, instead of your default Minecraft folder. All settings, mods and texture packs will remain separate from each other.

Remember: Any time you add mods or texture packs, they need to be added to the new folder, not .minecraft.

Need more help?

If you have any problems following the steps above, make a post on r/MinecraftHelp and one of us will be happy to guide you through it. If you’re having more general issues with Minecraft: Java edition, check out our ultimate troubleshooting guide.

Happy crafting folks!

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