Prison Architect

Save File Location

Prison Architect was first released on 6th October 2015 and was bought by over 1.25 million players in its first year on sale. It has received fairly strong reviews on steam (9/10) and Metacritic (83%), with players speaking highly of its engaging nature and good simulation of a prison complex.

As a simulation game, players are given the ability to design, manage and run their own prison facility. Whilst players expand the size of their correctional facility as the game progresses, they will need to ensure that the needs of their growing inmate population are met, as well as preventing them from escaping.

Prison Architect was developed by Paradox Interactive, a Swedish company well known for games such as Stellaris and Crusader Kings. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, Android, Nintendo Switch, Mac Operating Systems, Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Prison Architect Save Files Location

In Prison Architect, game saves are stored in the .prison file format, and their location varies based on the operating system that you're using. See help for your OS below.


On Windows, you can find your Prison Architect save files in the following folder:

%LocalAppData%\Introversion\Prison Architect\saves

To access that path:

  1. Open a Run window by pressing WINDOWS + R on your keyboard
  2. Paste %LocalAppData%\Introversion\Prison Architect\saves into the text field
  3. Hit OK


On Mac, your Prison Architect saves will be in this directory:

~/Library/Application Support/Prison Architect/saves

To access that path, just open up a Finder window, press COMMAND + SHIFT + G, paste ~/Library/Application Support/Prison Architect/saves into the text field and hit Go! Simple!


Linux-based operating systems, will store Prison Architect game saves at this path:

~/.Prison Architect/saves