OpenSCAD User Manual/Paths

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OpenSCAD looks for and saves resources to various paths. This is an overview.

Env variables[edit]

  • HOME
  • XDG_CONFIG_HOME
  • OPENSCAD_FONT_PATH
  • OPENSCADPATH

Per platform roots[edit]

  • ResourcesPath
    • Posix:
    • Mac OS X: OpenSCAD.app/Contents/Resources
      • Windows:
  • DocumentsPath
    • Posix: $HOME/.local/share
    • Mac OS X: [NSDocumentDirectory], typically $HOME/Documents
    • Windows XP: [CSIDL_PERSONAL], typically C:\documents and settings\username\my documents
    • Windows Vista->: [CSIDL_PERSONAL], typically C:\users\username\documents
  • UserConfigPath
    • Posix: $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/OpenSCAD or $HOME/.config/OpenSCAD
    • Mac: [NSApplicationSupportDirectory], typically $HOME/Library/Application Support/OpenSCAD
    • Windows: [CSIDL_LOCAL_APPDATA], typically C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data

Read-only Resources[edit]

  • libraries: [ResourcesPath]/libraries
  • fonts: [ResourcesPath]/fonts
  • render color schemes: [ResourcesPath]/color-schemes/render
  • editor color schemes: [ResourcesPath]/color-schemes/editor

User Resources[edit]

  • libraries: $OPENSCADPATH, [DocumentsPath]/OpenSCAD/libraries
  • fonts
  * $HOME/.fonts
  • render color schemes: [UserConfigPath]/color-schemes/render
  • editor color schemes: [UserConfigPath]/color-schemes/editor

Misc Resources[edit]

  • GUI preferences (Uses QSettings):
  * Posix: $HOME/.config/OpenSCAD.conf
  * Windows: Registry
  * Mac OS X: $HOME/Library/Preferences/org.openscad.OpenSCAD.plist
  • backups: [DocumentsPath]/OpenSCAD/backups

Reference[edit]

this chapter is based on https://github.com/openscad/openscad/wiki/Path-locations written by the developer kintel