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    All your media files, such as music, pictures, videos etc. can be stored in your Windows Documents folder, or anywhere you wish. 

    You can specify the locations of your media files, see Quick Setup

    MediaPortal Files

    Several  folders are used to store files for MediaPortal and the TV-Server. However, the location of these folders and files can vary depending on the OS you use.

    We have used a common method of naming these folders throughout the wiki and folder or file locations are always displayed in a different font.

    There are basically two main areas where files are stored, with a separate sub-folder each for MediaPortal and MediaPortal TV-Server:

    1. Program Files \Team MediaPortal
      1. \MediaPortal - where the MediaPortal application files are stored (i.e. C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal in Windows Vista, 7 or 8)
      2. \TV-Server - were the TV-Server application files are stored  (i.e. C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\TV-Server in Windows Vista, 7 or 8)
    2. Program Data \Team MediaPortal
      1. \MediaPortal - where the MediaPortal configuration files are stored (i.e. C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal in Windows Vista, 7 or 8)
      2. \TV-Server - were the TV-Server configuration files are stored  (i.e. C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\TV-Server in Windows Vista, 7 or 8)

    Most of the files you use for MediaPortal are stored in the ProgramData folder.

    Program Files

    By default, the MediaPortal and TV-Server applications are stored within a folder Team MediaPortal in your Program Files folder. However, you may have changed this during installation. The most secure way to determine the actual location is by reading the registry key. 

     
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\ 
    64-bit OS
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\
    Variable
    %ProgramFiles%\Team MediaPortal\
    Registry (32-bit)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MediaPortal\InstallPath
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MediaPortal TV Server\InstallPath
    Registry (64-bit)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MediaPortal\InstallPath
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MediaPortal TV Server\InstallPath

    Program (Application/User) Data 

    The easiest way to find your user files is to use the Start Menu Shortcut under Team MediaPortal > MediaPortal > User Files,

    Or you may open  the Configuration Tool and use the link at the top left of the screen. This link also includes sub links for:

    User Files.png

    Program Data Folder Names

    Folder Name Program Data\ Folder Location Files stored
    Config Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\ the main MediaPortal.xml and othe xml config files for all plugins as well
    Thumbs Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\thumbs all the thumb images which display in MP, such as artist, album, DVD covers, TV Channel logos ,etc.
    Logs Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\logs Log files such as configuration.log, mediaportal.log  error.log, and plugin log files as well
    Database Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\database SQL (.db3) databases for Pictures, Videos, Music and many extension databases
    Skin Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\skin xmls and media or image files, usually .png format
    Cache Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\cache where packed graphics and fonts files are stored for each skin you have installed
    TV-Server logs Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\TV-Server\logs

    Log files for the TV-Server, such as  error.log, and TV,log EPG,log etc.

    Here you can see the Folder Name and locations used to describe the different Folders where your program data is stored.

    User Files

    • Thumbs (Images, pictures, backdrops, etc) - [userdata]\thumbs or Thumbs folder
    • Log files - [userdata]\logs or Logs folder
    • Database files - [userdata]\database or Database folder
    • Skin files (xmls and media or image files, usually .png format) - [userdata]\skin or [userdata]\skin\media  sometimes called Skin folder or Skin Media folder

    Since the actual location varies based on your OS, the location is referred to as [userdata]\...

    Cache Files

    The Cache folder is where  packed textures - skin graphics and fonts - files are stored.  Any changes you make to graphics or fonts or screen resolution, require you to recache graphics and fonts. See Graphics, Packed Graphics and ReCaching

    The packed graphics files are located within individual skin folders in the Cache folder:

    • VIsta/7 = C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\Cache
    • XP = C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Team MediaPortal\Cache
    Skin Graphics

    The cache folder contains a sub folder for each skin you have installed.  The graphics are compressed in packedgfx*.xml files. See Packed Graphics for details.

    Fonts

    Fonts are loaded as textures in MediaPortal, so there is a fonts subfolder, in each skin folder.  

    Thus, compressing or packing graphics improves graphics performance in MediaPortal. See also  Graphics and Fonts.

    Configuration Files

    Configuration files for MediaPortal and TV Server are stored in the Team MediaPortal folder

    • Windows XP
    ​C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Team MediaPortal\
    • Windows Vista / 7
    ​C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\
    • Variable
    ​%AllUsersProfile%\Team MediaPortal\

    Since the actual location varies based on your OS, the location is referred to as [userdata] or Config folder

    The Cache folder is where  packed textures - skin graphics and fonts - files are stored.  Any changes you make to graphics or fonts or screen resolution, require you to recache graphics and fonts. See Cache\Recache

    Log files

    The information contained in these log files will assist in troubleshooting your problems.

    When troubleshooting, please change log verbosity to Debug level in Configuration > General settings, or use the Debug-Mode Shortcut in Start Menu Programs > Team MediaPortal > MediaPortal.

    See log4net logging for information about configuring log files in MediaPortal.

    MediaPortal Log files

    • Windows XP
    ​C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\log\
    • Windows Vista / 7
    ​C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\log\
    • Variable
    ​%AllUsersProfile%\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\log\

    Since the actual location varies based on your OS, the location is referred to as [userdata]\logs or Logs folder

    TV-Server Log files

    For easy access, a shortcut TV-Server Log-Files has been installed in your TV Server program group.

    • Windows XP
    ​C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal TV Server\log\
    • Windows Vista / 7
    ​C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal TV Server\log\
    • Variable
    ​%AllUsersProfile%\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal TV Server\log\

    Since the actual location varies based on your OS, the location is referred to as [userdata]\TV-Server\logs or TV-Server logs folder

    Temporary files

    The MediaPortal Installer (DeployTool) and various other applications store extracted files in the Temporary Files folder.

    • Windows XP
    ​C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\Temp\
    • Windows Vista / 7
    ​C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Temp\
    • Variable
    ​%temp%

    Since the actual location varies based on your OS, the location is referred to as [temp]\ or Temp folder




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