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Old 09-23-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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Backing up the Calibre settings

I would like to backup all my calibre settings, all customizations, including the plugins, plugin settings, etc. I use.

I had hoped there might be such an option in calibre itself, or perhaps through the help of a plugin, but I could not find anything.

What I do now:
I zip the calibre instalation directory and I zip the users-appdata-roaming-calibre directory and copy the zips to a backup location.

But I wonder... is this enough to restore a fully functional calibre with all my personal customizations? Or do I need to do more?

(I did search on the forum, but could not find another thread in which this is discussed)
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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I periodically copy the calibre configuration directory and the calibre library folders to a different drive. (Quit calibre first.) AFAIK, all relevant settings are contained in them. I don't copy the application package because that is replaced with each calibre update, and all versions are available online at any time.

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Old 09-23-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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I periodically copy the calibre configuration directory and the calibre library folders to a different drive. (Quit calibre first.) AFAIK, all relevant settings are contained in them. I don't copy the application package because that is replaced with each calibre update, and all versions are available online at any time.
Well, I was unsure where calibre stores certain settings, so I decided not to take the risk of missing anything.

The calibre library itself (the books) I burn every 2 months on disk and I also back it up in the cloud (Skydrive) + I back it up on another partition.
The thought of loosing my e-book collection is pure horror.

Just to be sure, when you mention the calibre configuration directory, you do mean the calibre directory in users-appdata-roaming?
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:09 AM   #4
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Go to preferences->miscellaneous in calibre and click open configuration directory. That directory contains *all* calibre settings.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:14 AM   #5
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Go to preferences->miscellaneous in calibre and click open configuration directory. That directory contains *all* calibre settings.
Thank you Kovid Goyal.
There is so much going on in calibre that I never noticed that option.
I am happy to see that at least I did backup the right directory.


(To my shame I just discovered there is indeed another thread were this is mentioned and I also found some info in the online manual)

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But I wonder... is this enough to restore a fully functional calibre with all my personal customizations? Or do I need to do more?
I swapped my HDD in the spring. After reinstalling Calibre on the new disk, I copied all the files from the old configuration directory and voila! my Calibre had all the custom columns and settings.
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I swapped my HDD in the spring. After reinstalling Calibre on the new disk, I copied all the files from the old configuration directory and voila! my Calibre had all the custom columns and settings.

Thank you so much travger for this reassurance.
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