Currently my map server is run on my laptop at home, and my brother and I play via LAN each on his desktop PC.

However, I'd like to transfer my character from the Desktop PC to my laptop in order to play on the go.

Can I do this? Where is the character information saved?

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If you are playing the Steam version with an Internet connection, you can just let Steam do all that work for you by enabling cloud saving for your character.

Terraria "move to cloud" button

Otherwise, your characters are stored in:

  • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players
  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Terraria/Players
  • Linux: ~/.local/share/Terraria/Players

However, if you're using Steam cloud saves, the files will be in a different location.

<Steam directory>/userdata/<Steam3 ID>/105600/remote/players

To copy a character, you will need both the .plr file and the folder that are named like your character. Technically, only the file is necessary, but the folder contains your minimap data.

  • Oh man thank you for the question and answer. I was avoiding playing on my desktop because I had started a new character and it is so hard to go back to wooden utilities!
    – Robb
    Jun 13, 2011 at 15:46
  • Do I also need the .plr.bak file? What is that? Jun 13, 2011 at 15:53
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    @Sergio No, which is why I explicitly said you only need the .plr. I think it's the previous version of the save file; if the save becomes corrupted for some reason, Terraria tries to load the backup. In any case, it's not needed.
    – a cat
    Jun 13, 2011 at 15:56
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    I have actually set up Dropbox between the three computers I play Terraria on.. works out really well :)
    – James
    Jun 13, 2011 at 16:35
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    @ydobonebi Only the Steam version has cloud saves. Also, not all PCs have a constant Internet connection. That said, I've added it to the top because it's probably the best option for most people - thanks for reminding me.
    – a cat
    Aug 19, 2015 at 1:52

As of version 1.3 (1.3 Patch Notes), you can save your character via the Steam Cloud service. This can be enabled when creating a character.

  • IIRC, you can also switch between saving on the cloud and locally by clicking the cloud icon on the character select screen. I am not 100% sure though, maybe that was only worlds.
    – MrLemon
    Jul 24, 2015 at 15:33
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    @MrLemon Yes, button works too. Also it works both on chars and worlds.
    – ave
    Jul 24, 2015 at 16:04
  • @MrLemon Both player and world data is cloud savable. Just make sure you update to the most recent patch (I think or something has a glitch that if you save your char or world to the cloud it will cause the game to crash soon after starting. This was fixed however in the most recent update.
    – ydobonebi
    Aug 19, 2015 at 1:25

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