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Old 03-23-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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can't find metadata.db

I'm trying to backup my Calibre Library and settings and I've found everything but the metadata.db file. Where is it supposed to be located?

I'd appreciate any and all help,
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:13 PM   #2
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It's in the \My Documents\Calibre Library\ for Windows
or \home\Calibre Library\ for linux
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I'm trying to backup my Calibre Library and settings and I've found everything but the metadata.db file. Where is it supposed to be located?

I'd appreciate any and all help,
thanks!
Those 2 places tulsa gave are the default places.

It is where you configured Calibre to put your library

Look in th comments section of the library browsser.
The path to the title is shown. Metadata.db is in the directory below the Author name
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I'm trying to backup my Calibre Library and settings and I've found everything but the metadata.db file. Where is it supposed to be located?
Go into the configuration/preferences. It shows where your ebooks are stored. That folder will contain your metadata.db file.

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Alternatively go into Preferences and see where your library folder is currently located.

Note that it is possible to have your metadata.db file outside your library folder but then you would be aware of its location as in such a case you have to take special action when launching Calibre to tell it where the metadata.db file is located.
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Go into the configuration/preferences. It shows where your ebooks are stored. That folder will contain your metadata.db file.

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Thanks! this helped. It didn't occur to me to look in the location of where I'm storing the ebooks.
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I'm trying to backup my Calibre Library and settings and I've found everything but the metadata.db file. Where is it supposed to be located?

I'd appreciate any and all help,
thanks!
I think the best way to back up your Cailbre library might be the Save to Disk feature.

The following is from another thread.

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Every now and then I select every book and do a save to disk. As Bob said this does save all your metadata. I have deleted all of my books and then added from my save to disk directory (to test) and everything was recreated. All summaries, series authors etc...
As stated I have used the Save to Disk feature to back up my library then deleted everything and restored the saved files using the Add books from directories, including sub-directories (one book per directory ...) drop down option.

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Just a reminder for others: For this to work, there are two options in the Preferences|Save that have to be on. They are the two that start with "Save," namely the "Save metadata in OPF file" and the Save cover separately." Otherwise, you may lose the cover or metadata. Fortunately, they are on by default.
Starson17 was polite enough to point out the above as a warning. Make sure those options are checked prior to saving.
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I think the best way to back up your Cailbre library might be the Save to Disk feature.


Starson17 was polite enough to point out the above as a warning. Make sure those options are checked prior to saving.
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