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Introduction

VST 3 presets are located at predefined locations on the computer, depending on the operating system.

  • 3 levels of preset scope are defined:
    • User: available only for the current logged user
    • Public: available for all users of the system
    • Apps: available only inside a specific audio application
  • 4 types of preset are defined:
    • User: presets created by the user
    • User_Factory: like User type, but more hidden
    • Shared_Factory: factory presets installed by the plug-in installer
    • App_Factory: presets installed by an audio application installer, only visible for this specific audio application
$COMPANY and $PLUGIN-NAME folder names contain only allowed characters for file naming (replace characters "\\*?/:<>|\" by "_").
Note: Each path defined below should be scanned in the given priority, presets extracted and added to the preset list.

For Mac platform

PrioTypeScopeWritablePathComment
1UserUserXUsers/$USERNAME/Library/Audio/Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/
2Shared_FactoryPublic-Library/Audio/Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/Computer shared FactoryROM
3Shared_FactoryPublic-Network/Library/Audio/Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/Network shared FactoryROM
4App_FactoryApps-[$APPFOLDER]/VST3 Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/Host Application (Cubase, ...)

For Windows XP/2000 platform

PrioTypeScopeWritablePathComment
1UserUserX[my documents]/vst3 presets/$company/$plugin-name/csidl_personal
2User_FactoryUserX[documents and settings/$username/application data]/vst3 presets/$company/$plugin-name/csidl_appdata
3Shared_FactoryPublic-[documents and settings/$allusers/application data]/vst3 presets/$company/$plugin-name/csidl_common_appdata
4App_FactoryApps-[$APPFOLDER]/VST3 Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/Host Application (Cubase, ...)

For Windows Vista/7/8/10 platform

PrioTypeScopeWritablePathComment
1UserUserX[Users/$USERNAME/Documents]/VST3 Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/FOLDERID_Documents
2User_FactoryUserX[Users/$USERNAME/AppData/Roaming]/VST3 Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/FOLDERID_RoamingAppData
3Shared_FactoryPublic-[ProgramData]/VST3 Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/FOLDERID_ProgramData
4App_FactoryApps-[$APPFOLDER]/VST3 Presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/Host Application (Cubase, ...)

For Linux platform

PrioTypeScopeWritablePathComment
1UserUserX$HOME/.vst3/presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/
2Shared_FactoryPublic-/usr/share/vst3/presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/
3Shared_FactoryPublic-/usr/local/share/vst3/presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/
4App_FactoryApps-[$APPFOLDER]/vst3/presets/$COMPANY/$PLUGIN-NAME/Host Application

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