Where does Anki store media such as pictures, sound recordings, etc? I have tried to export the deck, but it doesn't show the location:

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In Windows 7 Win10, default Anki 2.0 installation stores the media files inside this folder:


If this isn't the correct folder for you, find it by following this step by step:

  1. Open your Anki
  2. Chose your Anki account for which you want to locate the media files
  3. Go to Tools Menu
  4. Preferences...
  5. Backups tab
  6. click on Open backup folder
  7. You will find the collection.media folder as a sibling folder of the backups folder

Shorter version: Open Anki → Chose your Anki account → Tools Menu → Preferences...Backups tab → Open backup folder → find backups folder → go up one level → and you find your collection.media folder


On Ubuntu the right path is:

~/.local/share/Anki2/Benutzer 1/collection.media

  • Benutzer 1 should be changed to your user name. The default is User 1 on mac.
    – johan
    Sep 8, 2019 at 20:35
  • cd ~/.local/share/Anki2/User\ 1/collection.media
    – conor
    Jan 11, 2021 at 16:01

Anki Manual - File Locations

collection.media will be in folders <your_user_name> in the directory:

Windows: %APPDATA%\Anki2

Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Anki2

Linux: ~/.local/share/Anki2 or $XDG_DATA_HOME/Anki2

For example, it's ~/Library/Application Support/Anki2/User 1/collection.media on a mac by default.


You just need to search for a specific image or recording, then the result will show the directory.

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