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I have been playing FTL for a while, and managed to unlock all the ships. Recently, however, I managed to get a copy on steam. I would like to just copy my save from the linux directory (i.e. ~/.local/share/FasterThanLight/prof.save) to my steam account, to keep everything in sync.

However, when I go to my Steam folder, no such file exists to replace.

How can I copy my existing save into Steam?

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Where you have it now should be fine, have you run the game via Steam? It should look it up from that directory. Steam (from what I can see) loads the game normally and doesn't force the save to any other directory. –  Viper_Sb Jun 20 '13 at 3:50

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First, make sure you installed FTL on your computer (the one you want to move the save into).

In the "~/.local/share/FasterThanLight" directory, you should see 2 files:

  • continue.save
  • prof.save

Copy both of these files, and paste them into the "~/.local/share/FasterThanLight" on your new computer. If there are no files there, than that probably means that you simply haven't unlocked anything on that copy of FTL; simply replace any files there, or add them in if there are currently none.


If you are not moving the saves between computers, then don't do anything. Steam uses the same directory for saves as the non-Steam version, so you can simply click "Play" in Steam, and keep your saves.

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If you are on Mac OS X the saves are found at /Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/FasterThanLight (originally seen in this answer). –  tutuDajuju Apr 5 at 20:36

First backup your current FTL save file.

Under Windows the generic save location when using Steam(might be same for non-Steam) is My Documents\My Games\FasterThanLight\prof.sav. Just create a new FTL game using the Steam client. Save it and search for the prof.save within Linux. There should now be 2 copies. One is your old, complete copy and the next is the new copy. Copy your old save to the new save and let Steam sync to the cloud, using the local copy rather than the Cloud stored copy.

Voila! Should hopefully work.

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But he said, he uses Linux.... –  avestar101 Jun 28 '13 at 1:59

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