Ren'py Save Location

Ren'py is a software engine for visual novels that was released in summer 2004. Visual novels are best described as stories that are told through through both images, sounds and words. Because of their heavy usage of images and sounds to deliver the story, visual novels are usually considered to be more like video games than actual novels. Often they will allow input from the user as they navigate through each "scene", which may make changes to outcomes and the general storyline.

Ren'py itself is written in Python and open-source (you can find its repository on GitHub here). Having launched in 2004, it has had many additions over the years and now has a wide range of functionality.

Ren'py Save Location

There are many reasons why someone might want to access their Ren'py save files, including: backing up their saves, moving them over to a new computer, or even deleting their progress in a novel. The location of Ren'py save files varies based on the operating system being used. See help for your operating system below:


On Windows, your Ren'py save files can be found in the following folder:


To access this folder, simply open up an Explorer window by right clicking your start menu and clicking "File Explorer". Once the File Explorer window is open, click the address bar at the top, paste in %APPDATA%/RenPy/game_directory, and hit ENTER on your keyboard:

Ren'py save location on Windows in File Explorer


Your Ren'py save files on Mac can be found at this path:


To access the above path:

  1. Open up a Finder window
  2. Press COMMAND + SHIFT + G
  3. Paste/enter the path (~/Library/RenPy/game_directory) into the text field and hit Go


On Linux, you can find your Ren'py save files in the following folder: