System Folders

In this documentation we will repeatedly refer to two different folders that Gaia Sky uses to store data and configuration settings: $GS_DATA and $GS_CONFIG. Their location depends on the Operating System and is specified below.


As of version 2.2.0, the Linux release of Gaia Sky uses the XDG base directory specification.

  • $GS_DATA = ~/.local/share/gaiasky/

  • $GS_CONFIG = ~/.config/gaiasky/

Windows and macOS

Windows and macOS use the old .gaiasky folder in the user home directory for both locations, so:

  • $GS_DATA = $GS_CONFIG = [User.Home]/.gaiasky/