Back Up And Sync Your Minecraft Data Across Computers With Dropbox

Back Up And Sync Your Minecraft Data Across Computers With Dropbox

If you’re a hardcore Minecraft player, you want to do everything possible to avoid losing your time-consuming masterpieces. Turns out you can use Dropbox to sync your game saves so they are accessible from any of your computers running Windows, Mac or Linux.

The How-To Geek recently recommended moving your ‘saves’ folder from the default file folder to your Dropbox folder for both backup and making life easier if you play Minecraft from multiple computers. The only tricky part of the process is after you’ve moved the ‘saves’ folder to Dropbox you must create a symbolic link in the command line interface to point your local version of Minecraft to the synced Dropbox folder. See the source link below for the command for Windows, Mac or Linux systems.

Before you start moving around your ‘saves’ file you should copy it somewhere else as a backup just in case you have problems with the changeover.

How to Backup, Restore, and Sync Your Minecraft Saves on All Your PCs [The How-To Geek]


    • Thanks for this suggestion @Glen I’ve been dragging and dropping ‘saves’ from single player MC to and from dropbox for a while because I am allergic to the command line, which is only boarder-line practical. I’ll give this a go and let you know how it does.

  • I have been thinking about this for a while now.
    A friend and I have a project we doing in Minecraft and this would save having to hand back and forth a USB stick with the save files on it. The only trouble is that the save file is now at approx 250Mb.

    Dropbox experts: Does this mean a transfer of 250Mb of data every time we save this file to dropbox? Or does it work some magic and only replace the data that has changed in the file (which would be very small)?

  • I implemented this exact system back in alpha. There are some things you have to keep in mind:
    1. This can lead to collisions between save files on your hard drive and your save files in the cloud. When this occurs, you can end up with a portion of your world either lost (and generated from scratch) or reverted to a previous version unexpectedly. With the older world format this limited the damage somewhat. With the newer save format, where more data exists in each individual file, you can lose a lot more work.
    2. Dropbox seems to like to keep the synchronization happening all the time. This was more of a problem with the older save format because you were touching a huge number of files all the time. My FPS would plummet through the floor even on a very high-spec machine.

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