Files/Directory structure | Backup
Learn what directories and files Chatty creates/uses.
The settings directory by default is in your user home directory in a
.chatty. If you use the
commandline parameter, then the settings directory is the current Working
You can use commandline parameters by creating a shortcut and setting the
target to something like
javaw.exe -jar "D:\Chatty\Chatty.jar" -cd.
-d parameter allows you to specify
a settings directory directly:
javaw -jar "D:\Chatty\Chatty.jar" -d D:\program settings\Chatty
(the specified directory has to exist already)
Use the command
/dir to display and
open the Settings Directory.
|| |- backup_x_<filename>||Setting backups|
|| |- backup_meta||Backups meta (last backup, numbering)|
|| |- <various cache files>||Cached emotes/image files|
||-- debuglogs||[Folder] Files intended to be read by the user|
|| |- debug_session.log.x||Last session debug log (overwritten every run)|
|| |- debugx.log.x||Rotating debug log|
|| |- debug_ircx.log.x||Rotating raw IRC log (only if enabled)|
||-- exported||[Folder] Files intended to be read by the user|
|| |- stream_highlights.txt||Recorded stream highlights|
|| |- <channel>.log||Chat log files|
||- addressbook||[Settings] Addressbook entries|
||- login||[Settings] Your login data (keep this secure)|
||- favoritesAndHistory||[Settings] Channel History/Favorites|
||- settings||[Settings] Main Settings File|
||- statusPresets||[Settings] Stream Title/Game presets (Admin Dialog)|
have been merged into
settings as of v0.9.1.
This directory is associated with Chatty when you start it. This is usually the directory the program is started from. In some cases, depending on how Chatty is started, this may point to a different directory, which can cause issues.
You can change the Working Directory by specifying it when you start
Chatty, usually by creating a shortcut
and changing what is defined under
Run in in the shortcut
settings. Make sure this points to the same folder the
is in (or something else if you want to customize it, just make sure the
files you need are there).
Use the command
/wdir to display and
to open the Working Directory.
||-- sounds||[Folder] Sound files|
|| |- <sound>.wav||.wav files|
||-- img||[Folder] Image files for custom usericons|
|| |- <various images>||.png files|
||- JIntellitype.dll||DLL for global hotkey support|
This is where the Chatty.jar is located and is used for loading libraries that Chatty uses.
Chatty performs an automatic backup (enabled by default) everytime it is started (if at least the number of days as defined in the settings have passed, by default one). It copies the setting files (except login) to the backup folder in the settings directory, increasing the numbering of the files with every backup. It only makes as many backups as defined in the settings and then starts over with the first number, rotating the files.
This is supposed to make recovery of settings easier in case they are not read or written correctly and thus lost (which shouldn't usually happen). In that case you can manually copy/rename the lost files from a backup (just looks for the most recent one based on the change date that looks fine).
If some settings are important to you this can help, but you shouldn't rely on it. Always make your own backups, best on a different device!
If you lost your setting files (or some of them) but still have a backup, you can manually copy the backup to restore it.
/openBackupDirto open the Backup folder (or enter
/dirand navigate to the Backup folder manually).
backup_x_<name>, these represent the separate batches of backups.
settings). You can ignore the
/openDircommands), overwriting any existing setting files.