Some time ago it was very easy to copy steam game files. start the download, close steam and copy the files to steam/steamapps/common/.

But now this folder wont appear until the download has finished. It is in steam/steamapps/downloading/. Coping the files there wont solve the problem, because steam saves the progress in steam/steamapps/downloading/state__.patch files, which are not editable with a usual editor like gedit, MS editor or MS wordpad. Is there a workaround?

I want to copy the program files, not the progress in a game.

  • Are you asking how to share a save file to another computer? If so many steam games allow a cloud storage for accessing save files on different computers.
    – sherby_
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:03
  • This might be helpful: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/59731/…
    – Jay Lapham
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:09
  • @sherby_ see edit
    – Motte001
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:29
  • @JayLapham This is helpful, but it seems like the third party backup isn't working anymore and i cannot locate the mentioned clientregistry.blob
    – Motte001
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:30
  • @Motte001 I see, I'll try and get back to you on that, as right now I do not have the answer. Did you check the steam discussions?
    – sherby_
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:31

2 Answers 2


The following has worked for me on Windows without 3rd party tools.

First I install Steam in the new location (if it's not already installed), log in at least once, then exit. Then from the original Steam location, I copy over 2 things to the same relative directories in the new Steam location:

  1. The game's directory in \Steam\SteamApps\common\
    (should be the name of the game, roughly)
  2. The game's ACF file in \Steam\SteamApps\
    (appmanifest_APPID.acf where APPID is found like so)

Once those 2 things are copied over, log back into Steam and you should be set.

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    +1. This is what I do when I need to move games over. However, I usually only copy the folder in \common\ to the new \common\ folder. Then I open Steam again and try to install the game, which will have Steam discover the files that are already there. Jul 22, 2016 at 15:50

If you try to download a game and stop the progress, it creates the file/folder structure required. Close steam as an appication, then once you copy over the game from *\Steam\SteamApps\common* then you need to find the config file (normally, just look based on the time/date stamp on the files under *\Steam\SteamApps* - it will probably be the latest file created) then you need to open the config file via notepad and change the "StateFlags" to > "4"; Then re-open steam - and it will re-validate the game files, easy.

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