RimWorld Save Locations, Installation Folders, and Mod Folders

RimWorld is a 2D single player game by Ludeon Studios that launched in October 2018. It's available on Steam for Windows, Linux, and Mac (OS X). Although single player, there are multiplayer mods that allow you to play on RimWorld with friends.

Technically speaking, RimWorld is a "Colony Management Simulator"; in layman's terms, that means you're tasked with managing a colony. The colony you're tasked with managing has crash landed on a planet in outer space.

In order to keep your colony alive, you're going to have to avoid the endless amounts of things on the planet that are a threat to survival. There's deadly weather conditions (it's not Earth, after all), fires caused by lightning, enemies named raiders that will storm your town in groups, and that's just to name a few.

The end goal is to research technology and develop your colony to a point at which you are able to build a spaceship to escape the planet you crash landed on. Simple in principle, but at times seems impossible practice.

RimWorld Save Location

RimWorld saves are made locally (on your computer), so if you ever change computer, make a backup or want to share a save with someone else, you need to know which folder they're in!

The location of your game saves varies based on the operating system you're using. See below for the help for your particular computer:


If you're on Windows, and you're a technical guy or gal' all you'll probably need to know is the below file path for RimWorld saves:

%AppData%\..\LocalLow\Ludeon Studios\RimWorld by Ludeon Studios\Saves

If you're not a technical guy or gal', fear not! To access the saves folder, simply paste the above path into File Explorer's address bar, or follow these steps:

  1. Press the WINDOWS + R (WINDOWS is the button that opens the start menu)
  2. Type %AppData% into the text box on the Run window that opened and hit OK
  3. This opens up the Roaming folder, go back one folder to AppData by clicking AppData in the explorer path near the top of the window (click where the arrow points to in the below picture) AppData Folder
  4. Go into the LocalLow folder, then the Ludeon Studios folder, then the RimWorld by Ludeon Studios folder, and finally, the Saves folder

Inside the Saves folder you can find all of your game's save files in RimWorld's RWS format (which technically speaking, is just XML!).

Mac OS X

The file path for the RimWorld save folder on Mac OS X is as follows:

~/Library/Application Support/RimWorld/Saves

If that doesn't mean anything to you, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal (press COMMAND + SPACE, then search for Terminal, and open Terminal)
  2. Type: open ~/Library/Application Support/RimWorld/Saves/

Just like Windows, in here you can find all of the save files for your RimWorld games.


The file path for RimWorld saves on Linux is:

~/.config/unity3d/Ludeon Studios/RimWorld by Ludeon Studios/Saves/

Navigate to the above folder in your file manager or (if you're lazy) run this in the terminal:

nautilus ~/.config/unity3d/Ludeon Studios/RimWorld by Ludeon Studios/Saves/

RimWorld Install Location

RimWorld is installed in your Steam Library folder. The default is usually:


The default RimWorld installation location on Windows (if you haven't changed your Steam Library folder will be) is one of the following folders:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RimWorld


C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\RimWorld

If both of the above paths aren't working, you have probably installed your Steam library to a non-default folder or drive. If you don't know where your Steam library is, see this guide.

Mac OS X

On Mac OS X, the default install location (with the default Steam library location) for RimWorld is:

~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/RimWorld

As with Windows, if the above path isn't working, and you don't know where your Steam library is, see this guide.


On Linux, the default install location for RimWorld is:


As with Windows and Mac OS X, if the above path isn't working, or you're having trouble finding it, see our guide to quickly find a Steam game's install location.

RimWorld Mod Folder

There are two mod folders in RimWorld - the folder for mods installed via the Steam Workshop, and the folder for mods installed manually. See below for each.

Steam Workshop Mod Folder

Mods installed via the Steam Workshop are found in your Steam library's workshop folder -- this is not the same as the game install folder. The location of your Steam library varies depending on the operating system you're using:

Step 1: Go to Steam Library

Go to your Steam library.

On Windows, it can be found by default at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam or C:\Program Files\Steam.

On Mac, it can be found by default at ~/Library/Application Support/Steam.

On Linux, it can be found by default at ~/.steam/steam.

If the above default location isn't working, and you can't find your Steam library, see our how to find your Steam library guide.

Step 2: Go to Mods Folder

Once inside your Steam library, navigate to the following path to find your installed mods:

steamapps > workshop > content > 294100

Manually Installed Mod Folder

The manually installed mod folder is located in your game's install folder (in your Steam library). First, find your game's install folder, you can do this by following the RimWorld Install Location steps above.

Once inside your install directory, you can find manually installed mods inside the Mods folder.