Where is my user preferences file/folder ?

  • I have just downloaded and installed (and run! :) ) TP3. The first thing I see is this "so-much-white!" interface that I'll need to custom. It is different than what I expected (comming from Opera 12 and older). No problem, I just thought to edit my user config files by hand, like I do a lot with Opera... but where is it?! I run it, changed some settings, left some tabs open, closed it... but I can't see any folder for my user. Where is my configuration changes being kept? Further, is there an option to use different preference folders? (like that good [b]-pd[/b] does) Now I'm thinking about trying menu [b]Vivaldi > File > Import data[/b], to import (at least some) of my current Opera 11/12 configuration. But I would like to backup before I do this - configuration files are kept where, have I asked?!

  • Hi, may you take as look to the snapshots, TP are much older and snapshots are often updated.


    The config files are in /home/user/.config/vivaldi-snapshot/Default
    .config is hidden.

    Cheers, mib

  • Thank you. :) I knew about "hidden" files and folder in linux. I just didn't expect it to be inside .config/ (and found no doc about it, or missed if it exists somewhere).

    For snapshot versions, would it be possible to ship portable versions of Vivaldi? I depend on other people to install it on some machines I must use, but if a portable version existed, that would be perfect.

    By portable version I mean a tar.gz file that I can extract in any user folder I wish, and run Vivaldi from there (e.g.: /home/me/pseudo-root/bin/vivaldi ). Vivaldi TP3 is already installed and running on these machines, so libraries and other requirements can be expected, guaranteed (or left to our responsability). But these should not change very often, so I imagine new TPs would happen.

  • Moderator

    Vivaldi doesn't have a true portable version (the "standalone" install creates user folders) yet, but I'm sure they will.

  • But if the folder exists, will the new installer touch them? Can I keep both TP3 and a newer snapshot installed together, if so I wish?

    And this question leads me to another thing I couldn't find myself: I want to execute two processes of Vivaldi with two different preference folders . How do I do it? Is there a way? (this is exactly the old opera "-pd" argument, which I use in its shortcuts where I need them)

  • Vivaldi Team

    Yes you can have as many copies as you like standalone


    P.S. The equivalent to -pd is –user-data-dir=

  • Vivaldi Team

    ~/.config is the standard default location for Linux applications to store their profiles as part of the XDG Base Directory Specification.

  • I haven't heard about this "XDG Base Directory Specification" before. But if it is a standard based on good and open principles, fine.

    I would like to suggest, though, that comments are made on Vivaldi documentation, having in mind each detail that Opera 12- had in its use of preference folders. Such comments should be made comparing the basic differences, and maybe even giving paths to both: changing the configuration to "like it was before", if the person wants; reasons and benefits to use it changed.

    The preference folders are hidden by default in Linux. And I prefer each app has their basic name in this folder. So ~/.opera and ~/.ssh are good. But to have "~/.mozilla/firefox/default.LKA1DL3AS7/" and "~/.mozilla/thunderbird/[…]/" is not so good. Having folders like "~/.purple" for configuration of a program named Pidgin is very bad!

    So I would prefer, initially, to use "~/.vivaldi"; "~/.config/vivaldi/" is acceptable. Having more than one folder to contain everything that existed in my "~/.opera/" folder would be bad, very bad. And there are some configs in /etc/ folder too (system wide configurations that make sense there, or act as good defaults for every user in some machine).

  • @balacobaco:

    … but where is it?! I run it, changed some settings, left some tabs open, closed it... but I can't see any folder for my user.

    A way to find files that have been changed by an application is to close it, then run the command "find ~ -mmin -n" where n is the number of minutes ago you made the changes. That will list all files changed within that time (starting from your home directory - the '~' is a shorthand). You could also start from any path.

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