Data paths

Path separators

For the sake of supporting as many platforms as possible, Godot only accepts UNIX-style path separators (/). These work on all platforms including Windows.

A path like C:\Projects will become C:/Projects.

Resource path

As mentioned before, Godot considers that a project exists in any given folder that contains a project.godot text file, even if such file is empty.

Accessing project files can be done by opening any path with res:// as a base. For example, a texture located in the root of the project folder may be opened from the following path: res://some_texture.png.

User path (persistent data)

While the project is running, it is a common scenario that the resource path will be read-only, due to it being inside a package, self-contained executable, or system-wide install location.

Storing persistent files in such scenarios should be done by using the user:// prefix, for example: user://game_save.txt.

On some devices (for example, mobile and consoles), this path is unique to the project. On desktop operating systems, the engine uses the typical ~/.local/share/godot/app_userdata/Name on macOS and Linux, and %APPDATA%/Name on Windows. Name is taken from the application name defined in the Project Settings, but it can be overridden on a per-platform basis using feature tags.