Where is the Chrome settings file?

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The user data directory contains profile data such as history, bookmarks, [extensions] and cookies, as well as other per-installation local state.

Each profile is a subdirectory (often Default) within the user data directory.

Current Location

To determine the user data directory for a running Chrome instance:

  1. Navigate to chrome://version
  2. Look for the Profile Path field. This gives the path to the profile directory.
  3. The user data directory is the parent of the profile directory.

Example (Windows):

  • [Profile Path] C:\Users\Alice\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • [User Data Dir] C:\Users\Alice\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Default Location

Generally it varies by

  • OS platform,
  • branding (Chrome vs. Chromium, based on is_chrome_branded in GN args), and
  • release channel (stable / beta / dev / canary).

The default location is in the local app data folder:

  • [Chrome] %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data
  • [Chrome Beta] %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome Beta\User Data
  • [Chrome Canary] %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome SxS\User Data
  • [Chromium] %LOCALAPPDATA%\Chromium\User Data
Mac OS X

The default location is in the Application Support folder:

  • [Chrome] ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome

The default location is in ~/.config:

  • [Chrome Stable] ~/.config/google-chrome

The ~/.config portion of the default location can be overridden by $CHROME_CONFIG_HOME (since M61) or by $XDG_CONFIG_HOME.

Note that $XDG_CONFIG_HOME affects all applications conforming to the XDG Base Directory Spec, while $CHROME_CONFIG_HOME is specific to Chrome and Chromium.

For more details including other operating systems, read the complete official documentation.

Most settings are profile specific. If you delete the folder, Chrome will simply recreate it the next time you run it.

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    And in OS X this is located at ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/
    – jsejcksn
    Mar 8, 2012 at 11:09
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    And in Linux this is located at ~/.config/google-chrome/
    – cbliard
    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:06
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    Do you know how can I change this location in Linux?
    – Noam Peled
    Jan 8, 2016 at 16:28
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    @NoamPeled – I'm guessing you'd have to change the source code and recompile. Maybe just create a symlink from there to wherever you want it, e.g. mv ~/.config/google-chrome ~/library/google/chrome && cd ~/.config && ln -s ../library/google/chrome google-chrome
    – Adam Katz
    Mar 15, 2017 at 21:42
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    You can change the location by running Chrome every time using the --user-data-dir command-line switch. Feb 5, 2019 at 5:36

You can check the location of your Chrome Profile Settings Path by visiting the chrome://profile-internals/ URI in Chrome. With a default installation it will just list one profile under 'Person 1' which you click on to show the Profile Path and other details. But if you have more than one profile configured it should list them and you can check the location of the other profiles.

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