Change "My Games" Installation Folder
I feel like having the option to change where I want to install the games from my Twitch Library is very essential. Instead of only be given the option of drives in my computer, have the option to set a specific folder is needed!
How has this not been implemented, I'll hold off on installing my twitch games, probably forever...
Benjamin Petry commented
Due to one of my harddrives dying i had to reassemble my driveletters and twitch wont recognized my installed games at all no matter where i put them. Even reversing the files to the exact same location they were installed on before doesnt make twitch find the games and it keeps telling you to install the games again. Twitch App needs a way to find installed games! At least those installed in its own folder? This is just horrible! Twitch makes me download 50 games AGAIN even though theyre already there (and even run if i use the internal exe).
Anyone know if this can be addressed via windows symlink e.g.:
mklink /D "c:\Program Files (x86)\Twitch\Games Library" x:\Twitch\Games
I'm going to have to try... this seems like such a crazy oversight
Randall Morrison commented
Unbelievable that this hasn't been fixed. I will also not be installing any games until the option to choose an install location is implemented. While a lot of these games look pretty dumpy on the surface, I was interested to try at least a handful of them, but not if I can't choose where to install it.
Don't you guys know that this stuff is important to a lot of PC gamers?
Ivan Reyes commented
Still no update on this feature...
Discord opened its store and game launcher and has custom install locations right off the bat.
It's so strange that Twitch hasn't been able to add this.
Unbelievable. I've even installed the Twitch Desktop app in the directory where I want the games to be installed but, nope, forced to install to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Twitch".
Thanks Hexdotfear! I too found my C: drive getting full and wondering what I installed to fill it up. I have a number of external drives I use so I went to see what I could delete. I Google'd and found this page and saw your response. Since the games were free from Prime day, I figured try and delete one and reinstall. I uninstalled Qube 2 through Windows 10 uninstaller and immediately reinstalled by clicking play in the launcher. The launcher said the game wasn't installed and would I like to install. I said yes and as you state, the installer prompted for where to install the game. I just changed the C: drive letter to my Z drive and installed the game. I now have a Twitch file on my external hard drive and once installed the game works as it should. Thanks and now to try the others!
You'd expect more in 2018. Typical. A workaround if you are technically inclined is to make a directory junction.
For example, let's say our games are in G:\Games and Twitch wants to use "C:\Program Files (x86)\Twitch\Games Library".
From an elevated command prompt:
Create a folder G:\Games\Twitch - mkdir G:\Games\Twitch
Then create a symbolic link between C: and G:
mklink /j "C:\Program Files (x86)\Twitch" G:\Games\Twitch
This way even though Twitch is "pointing" to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Twitch\Games Library" Windows will put the files into G:\Games\Twitch\Games Library"
Not perfect but at least something.
It is weird not having a basic option like this in 2018.
This is an essential component to any program that has an installation. Twitch can give away all the free games they want, but if I can't install them in an acceptable location their app does me no good. Shame, too, I really wanted to check out Tyranny.
[Deleted User] commented
Twitch is trying to do something what it can't. It always was just streaming platform and when they want to give us some games they should give us steam codes, not their stupid launcher. BUT DONT WORRY, i found solution for some games. Just install the game into the folder chosen by Twitch and then simply drag&drop the folder with the game to location where you want the game. Then rename the folder from 6asd-8eh..... to the name of the game and it's done. I'm not sure if it works for every game but at least for some of them it works. Just dont forget to delete the folder in the Twitch location so you don't have the same game on 2 different places.
One more reason why we do not need yet another launcher. Steam does it very well, twitch should just find a way to integrate with steam. I am just using it for the free games, there is no point for me to use such a limited and broken launcher.
I'm glad I did not pay money for something as broken as Twitch )when it comes to installing games).
I tried hacking my custom path into the installation "form". That is pretty simple since the Twitch desktop app is simple a modified Chrome browser. But it did not take my custom path and instead installed the game in the very default location (which I had deleted in the "form").
You can still copy or move the installed game from wherever Twitch installs it, and launch the game without that stupid Twitch desktop app :D
Kurt Koller commented
Come on, seriously? It'd be different if it were forcing a local user path install for permissions, but it uses Program Files which means it requires admin to install/remove games.
Agree. Is lame as I am uninstalling all the games downloaded right now as my main drive is a rather small 256 GB SDD and getting low on space.
Contrary to some of the responses here, it's *never* prompted me for an install location so i couldn't change the installation drive. It just installed it to c: drive without prompting. Meanwhile, I have 1 TB free on my dedicated video game drive.
Iann Gormley commented
It's weird the install location can't be selected freely, but you can use symbolic links as a workaround. Got Twitch to install games to my usual directory by setting a junction to it from one of the default options. e.g. in cmd: mklink /j "D:\Twitch" "C:\somewhere\else\"
Bill Beach commented
How annoying. It's my decision where files go on my computer not theirs .i can change the location of the app but not the games? stupid. Luckily it was easy to wipe Twitch off my computer and i won't bother with their useless software
Dan Nelson commented
This has been a request since at least 2016 - they are unlikely to implement it now. https://twitch.uservoice.com/forums/297558-general/suggestions/16461304-allow-custom-download-locations-for-the-twitch-lau
Same here, this is a MUST.
Didn't install any game because of this. Still waiting for a patch.
Adam Longoria commented
When will this be changed?