I'm looking to upload a save file in some Stellaris bugs I am reporting, but to do that, I need to be able to find them on my PC.

What folder do Stellaris games get saved to? Is it different with cloud synch enabled? Does Ironman mode make a difference?

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According to this wiki, the save game files are located here,

%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Stellaris\save games\$EMPIRENAME+ID\

It does not seem to indicate any difference for different game modes, or if cloud synch is enabled, however the save game files are zipped.

The savegames are zipped. In order to edit them, you'll need to extract them. There are two text files: gamestate and meta. meta includes the information that is shown on the load game screen. gamestate is the actual save game.

  • Appears the Ironman difference is purely "cosmetic" -- there's guarenteed to be only the one file, and its named (instead of being user-name-able) "ironman". May 10, 2016 at 21:21

OS / Location


%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Stellaris\save games\$EMPIRENAME+ID\


$HOME/Documents/Paradox Interactive/Stellaris/save games/$EMPIRENAME+ID


$HOME/.local/share/Paradox Interactive/Stellaris/save games/$EMPIRENAME+ID

Linux (newer versions):

$STEAMFOLDER/userdata/$STEAMID/281990/remote/save games/$EMPIRENAME+ID

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