Portable Mode

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Naev can be installed as a portable application. This article describes how portable mode works, and how to configure it.

What is portable mode?

Normally, Naev stores all its user data (configs, screenshots, cached files) in a predetermined location. The location depends on your operating system (see the FAQ). In portable mode, Naev will not use this location, but instead use a manually configured location.

How to use portable mode

When Naev starts up, it will see if there's a file named datapath.lua in the same directory as the game's binary. If this file exists, Naev will open it to see if a manual data path is defined. A data path definition looks like this:

datapath = "path_to_data_files"

If the definition is correct, then Naev will look in this path for its user data instead of the default path.