Where is my Quake Live config located?

Id software has done a great job hiding your Quake Live config so let’s try and find it. I’ll explain how to find your Quake Live config for Windows XP, Windows Vista and GNU/Linux separately.

Short version:

In Windows XP type the following in your adress bar:

%appdata%id Softwarequakelivehomebaseq3

In Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8(.1) type the following in your adress bar:

%userprofile%AppDataLocalLowid Softwarequakelivehomebaseq3

In GNU/Linux type the following in your adress bar:

~/.quakelive/quakelive/home/baseq3

See below for MacOS!

Long version:

Windows XP
The map where your Quake Live config is stored, is a hidden map by default. To be able to see that map, do the following:

  1. On the Tools menu in Windows Explorer, click Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

You can now find your Quake Live config in %appdata%id Softwarequakelivehomebaseq3 (you can copy and paste this location in your address bar).

Using  %appdata% will take you to the correct folder location of the Quake Live config, which in the English version of Windows XP would look something like this:

C:documents and settingsUSERNAMEAppDataLocalLowid Softwarequakelivehomebaseq3

Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8(.1)
On your Vista computer, the map also will be hidden. You can show hidden files in Vista by doing the following

  1. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.

You can now find your Quake Live config in %userprofile%AppDataLocalLowid Softwarequakelivehomebaseq3 (you can copy and paste this location in your address bar).

Using  %userprofile% will take you to the correct folder location of the Quake Live config, which in the English version of Windows VISTA would look something like this:

C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataLocalLowid Softwarequakelivehomebaseq3

GNU/Linux
First remember: GNU/Linux is CASE SENSITIVE! “This” is not the same as “tHIS”!

Just like in Windows, the folder is hidden in GNU/Linux. This is how to unhide the files in Thunar or Nautilus (note: if you just enter the location in the address bar the content will be shown!)

  1. Open Thunar and click on the View menu.
  2. Click on “Show Hidden Files”.
In Nautilus you can press CTRL-H.

You can now find your Quake Live config in ~/.quakelive/quakelive/home/baseq3 (you can copy and paste this location in your address bar of Thunar or Nautilus).

Using ~ will take you to your HOME folder in which the Quake Live folder is located similar to %appdata% in Windows, which would look something like this:

/home/USERNAME/.quakelive/quakelive/home/baseq3

MacOS
On a Mac, it will be located in Macintosh HD/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/QuakeLive/quakelive/home/baseq3/.
Thanks to dabarrr for this information!

Now you know where the Quake Live config is located in Windows Vista, Windows XP and GNU/Linux! Make sure to check our post on how customize your config as well, you might find it very useful.

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