How to Open the DesktopServer Preferences File

The DesktopServer preferences file stores information about your websites including folder paths, domain names, and database connection information. Under normal circumstances, you never have to open this file. Please avoid opening this file unless asked to do so by support. This file is machine generated and extra care should be taken to prevent data loss. This file should not be edited while DesktopServer is running. Please close the DesktopServer application before following the instructions below. The location of this file depends on your operating system platform. 

How to Make a Backup Copy of Your Preferences File.

On Macintosh OS X Systems

  1. Close the DesktopServer application if it is running.
  2. Open the hidden file at /Users/Shared/.com.serverpress.desktopserver.json using Text Edit (or Text Wrangler - shown below - which is free in the App Store). 
  3. Press Shift + Command + . [period] to see hidden files in the Open dialog window.
  4. Select the file .com.serverpress.desktopserver.json file to open. 
  5. Select all the text and copy & paste it into a new document to make a backup copy of this document.

On Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Systems

  1. Close the DesktopServer program if it is running.
  2. Open the hidden file at C:\ProgramData\DesktopServer\com.serverpress.desktopserver.json using Notepad (set the file type combo to “All Files”).
  3. Select all the text and copy & paste it into a new document to make a backup copy of this document.

If you do not have hidden files turned on, Windows 8 users can use the View pull down menu, hidden files check box. Windows 7 and Vista users click here for instructions.

On Windows XP Systems

  1. Close the DesktopServer program if it is running.
  2. Open the hidden file at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\DesktopServer\com.serverpress.desktopserver.json using Notepad (set the file type combo to “All Files”).
  3. Select all the text and copy & paste it into a new document to make a backup copy of this document.

If you do not have hidden files turned on, Windows XP users can click here for instructions.