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FreeMind home folder is the folder to which user settings, user icons, automatic backups and other FreeMind related files are stored.

In general and by default and in FreeMind version 0.8.1 and later, FreeMind home folder is the subfolder ".freemind" of the home folder of the user. The path of the home folder of the user, also known as home directory, depends on the operating system.

Some cases of paths of FreeMind home folder, depending on the operating system:

FreeMind version Operating system Folder path
0.8.1 Windows Vista C:\Users\(your user name)\.freemind\
0.8.1 Windows 2000 and XP C:\Documents and Settings\(your user name)\.freemind\
0.8.1 Windows 98 C:\WINDOWS\.freemind\
0.8.1 Mac OS X /Users/(your user name)/.freemind
0.7.1 Windows 2000 and XP C:\Documents and Settings\(your user name)\freemind\
0.7.1 Windows 98 C:\WINDOWS\freemind\


User home folder

Finding out about the user's home folder, in which the folder ".freemind" typically resides:

In Windows: Run DOS console (Windows + R, followed by "cmd"), and enter this:

REG QUERY "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /v Desktop

Strip off the last part of the resulting path, to get what Java considers to be your home folder. Another method, one that often leads to an incorrect result, is to enter "echo %homepath%". Sources: Java bug 4787931.

In Linux: Run a console and type "echo $HOME".


Method FreeMind.getFreemindDirectory: return System.getProperty("user.home") + File.separator + getProperty("properties_folder");

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