Does anyone know where VS code saves unsaved files on a Windows machine?

I have found many discussions about this features, but they don't mention where the files are actually saved.


The Microsoft help file indicates that the settings are stored in the folder:

Windows - %APPDATA%\Code\User\

For me this translated to:


In this folder I located a Backups folder, this folder contained the raw data for my document. This appears to be grouped by date stored as a UNIX timestamp.

VS Code cached document location

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    Thanks! On OS X there is a similar folder in ~/Library/Application Support/Code/Backup where my text files were hiding out. – Alper Aug 31 '17 at 10:36
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    What about Linux? – Colliot Apr 22 '18 at 9:34
  • I don't have a Linux installation to test on unfortunately. However I would guess it is located somewhere in the /home folder. – Burgi Apr 22 '18 at 14:19
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    On my Chromebook Linux, I found it in ~/.config/Code/Backups/... – apex Oct 2 '18 at 12:22

For Linux users they are found at ~/.config/Code/Backups.

  • ~/.config/Code - OSS/Backups and ~/.config/Code - Insiders/Backups for the open source version and the Insiders version, respectively. – Marc.2377 Jun 29 at 1:49

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