The MintCoin data directory contains the files necessary for the MintCoin client to run. Each operating system has its own standards for where such directories should be stored, as seen in the table below. For the user, the most important files in the data directory are the wallet.dat and MintCoin.conf files. The blockchain is also stored in the data directory.
Location of data directory
|Operating system||Default data directory location||Typical path to configuration file|
|Mac||$HOME/Library/Application Support/MintCoin/||/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/MintCoin/MintCoin.conf|
|Windows||%APPDATA%\MintCoin\||XP -- C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\MintCoin\MintCoin.conf
Vista, 7 -- C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\MintCoin\MintCoin.conf
Portable MintCoin - choosing a data directory
Changing the data directory from the default location is extremely simple. Launching your MintCoin client (mintcoind or mintcoin-qt) with the flag -datadir=<newfolder> is the simplest method of running MintCoin from any directory you choose. This method is extremely useful for running the client on a USB key, for example.
In Windows, you can make a shortcut to the MintCoin executable file and enter the properties page (right click, Properties). You can easily append the
-datadir flag to the run path:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\MintCoin\mintcoin-qt.exe" -datadir=F:\MintCoin
- Note: You can not run MintCoin from the root directory (eg:
F:\), it must be run from its own subdirectory (
If you've already run the MintCoin client, you just need to move the files from the default data directory to your new directory.