Backing Up Your Settings

This wiki will guide you through the process of copying your known-good settings files for later use.

Why make backups?

If you've ever run into the situation where the fix for a problem is to clear your settings, you face a not insignificant task of redoing all those settings. It can be frustrating, especially if original problem doesn't go away.

What if you had a known-good backup of your settings? Then you could clear out the current ones and just pop in your good set. Easy peasy.

This is important

  • Don't use these backups when you upgrade your viewer. Always start with a blank slate when upgrading the viewer.
  • Don't use backups for a different viewer. They're not compatible with each other.

Pick A Destination

To get started, you'll want to select a location on your Computer to hold these backed-up files. It should be a place that isn't prone to regular deletion. Your Documents folder would work well. Create a folder in there and give it an appropriate name. If you want to make backups of other viewers, it's best to have one folder for each.

Find The Files

Once that's done, there are a couple ways you can get to your settings file.

Method 1: The direct approach

Open a file manager and navigate to the folder where you setting are stored - if you do not see this folder, you may need to show hidden folders.

  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\SecondLife\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\
  • Windows 7: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\
  • Mac: /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/SecondLife/
  • Linux: /home/[USERNAME]/.secondlife/

In each case, [USERNAME] is the name you use to log into your computer, not to Second Life.

Method 2: Walking the viewer

The other way to find your settings is through your viewer preferences. You don't have to log in, you can access your preferences at the login screen with Ctrl+P. Then Preferences > Network & Folder, then the last Open button.

In the file manager, go up one folder, to either Secondlife. Don't forget to close your viewer. You never want to work with settings files while the viewer is open to avoid possible corruption.

We're makin' copies

So, what you see now is the contents of the Secondlife folder, and what we're concerned with is the user_settings folder as well as one named after your avatar (jessica_lyon, for example). Copy those folders out to that destination we created earlier.


And that's it, really. You now have a copy of your settings.

You may also have a copy of all your chats and IMs. They are text files in your avatar's folder. You can delete them if you don't want backups.

So now, if you run into a situation where you have to clear your settings, go ahead and clear them, then copy these backup files back into your Secondlife folder and you're back in business.

This is important, too

If you changed your settings since making a backup, make a new backup.

If restoring from your backup didn't fix the problem, there could be an issue with your backup. Clear your settings and then rebuild them. Once you're back in operation, make a new backup.

  • phoenix/backup_settings.txt
  • Last modified: 2013/09/05 16:36
  • by miro.collas