The Long Dark

Save Game Location

The Long Dark, first released on the 22nd September 2014, received mixed responses from players with review scores of 75% on Metacritic and 9/10 on Steam. Whilst some fan were quick to comment on the game’s good mechanics and challenging survival mode, some criticized its bland story line and technical glitches.

As an exploration survival game, The Long Dark is set in an open world environment set in a Canada’s sub-zero wilderness. Players take control of a pilot character from a third-person perspective who’s plane has crashed following a storm. They are tasked with having to fight the freezing temperatures and harsh weather conditions, as well as finding resources to help them survive for as long as possible.

Available in single-player mode only, the game was developed and published by Hinterland Studio and is accessible on platforms including Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The Long Dark Save Location

If you're a player of The Long Dark, knowing where your save files are located can come in super handy. At first thought, this might seem like a rather pointless piece of knowledge to have, but here's just a few examples what you can do with them:

  • Create a backup of your save files
  • Share your save with friends
  • Transfer a save game to a new computer
  • Modify or edit your save
  • A whole host of other things!

Anyhow, enough of us telling you about why, below we've outlined where you can find your save locations on each operating system.


When playing The Long Dark on a Windows PC, your saves will be stored in this folder:


To access that path:

  1. Press WINDOWS + R on your keyboard to open a Run window
  2. Paste the path into the text field of the newly opened Run Window (%LocalAppData%\Hinterland\TheLongDark)
  3. Hit OK and you'll be taken to the save folder!


On Mac, your The Long Dark save files are located in the following folder:


To access this path:

  1. Open a Finder window
  2. Press COMMAND + SHIFT + G to open the Go tool
  3. Paste the above path into the text field (~/.local/share/Hinterland/TheLongDark)
  4. Hit Go and there you are in your save game location!


The Long Dark on Linux-based operating systems stores save files in the following directory: