Question:Where is all known files related to SportTracks stored?Answer:
Note: The directory paths depends on the Windows version and language. Therefore, environment variables are used here. To open Windows Explorer and translate the variables (see caveeat for PROGRAMDATA and LOCALAPPDATA in XP), just paste the variable name in the Run or Vista quick search box. For instance, when opening the path %ProgramFiles% in English Windows, Windows opens the path "C:\Program Files".
Some examples using the paths etc in the English version of Windows XP installed on the C: drive with the user %USER% logged in. This differs in other Windows versions and in other language versions.
For instance "C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\" would be "C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\%USER%\" in German XP installation.
Further examples for English Windows:
%USERPROFILE%=C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users
The following are only variables in Vista, must be manually translated in XP
%LOCALAPPDATA%=%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
Note: Some paths with version numbers depends on the version. This post assumes that ST 3.0 is used. With 2.1 or 2.0 version replace the blue version (3
) numbers with 2.1/2.0 and red (3
) with 2.0.
Note2: If you have installed Windows on another drive than c: use variable %SystemDrive% instead.
Some paths can be customized. See previous post
Stored in the logbook. By default, the logbook file is stored under "My Documents" with the name like "USER's History.logbook" where USER in this case is the ST Athlete name.
You can store the logbook where you want and have several logbooks, for instance if several users share the same computer. This is the only essential data to save - most other data can be recreated or is normally not essential.
ST core program is installed in %ProgramFiles%\Zone Five Software\SportTracks 3Plugin installation files
There are several locations for ST plugin installations. If a plugin is found in more than one location, the first is used.
- New style plugins, with .st3plugin extension. Each plugin is installed under the plugin GUID.
This includes all ST3 plugins (and most ST2 plugins released after June 2008).
ST2 only: Relative the directory ST was started from, in folder Plugins. By default, this is:
%ProgramFiles%\Zone Five Software\SportTracks 2.1
- Old style, without installer (this includes some plugins included by default with ST as well). Most plugins have been updated to .st2plugin format
Examples of plugins with this setup as of July 2009: ST builtin Garmin USB, ST WUnderground, ST Terraserver, OldManBiking plugins before March 2009, Training, Kristian Bisgaard Lassen plugins before 2010, FTPplugin, ExportCRS
Some plugins that recently changed: Training Load, Elevation Correction, OldManBiking plugins after March 2009
ST2 only: %ProgramFiles%\Zone Five Software\SportTracks 2.0
- ST 2.1.3326 Uses this directory for compatibility checks, to include old style plugins after the upgrade.
----------------------User Specific Settings and Data
The ST settings (and most for plugins) controlling theme, smoothing etc. The settings are specific to the logged in user.
\Preferences.System.xmlBackup at import of activities
A copy of the imported data before post processing has been done.
Some plugins store settings also in other locations. In some situations, it is difficult to distinguish between settings and data for plugins, see next section.
old_man_biking's plugins and marioz/racerfern plugins store custom data data (like CustomConfig.xml, ActivityDocumentation Templates and TrainingPlan) and log files here:
WhereInWorld, BenBun's plugins and wbruessler's plugin, as well as older versions of GPSrunning and Matrix store data in %APPDATA%\
The core ST logfile is created in the directory where ST is started from (normally %ProgramFiles%\ZoneFiveSoftware\SportTracks\3
. Vista will redirect the file to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Zone Five Software\SportTracks 3
OldManBiking plugins logs data for own (and occasionally other output?) to %LOCALAPPDATA%\ZoneFiveSoftware\SportTracks\3
----------------------Non user specific data
Some data common for all users (for both core program and some plugins) stored in
This includes the following:
Web Files\ - Cached information, both for core ST and plugins
- MapTiles\ - Cached map tiles
- Images\ - Athlete and Equipment images
- Weather\WUData\ - Information about ST weather (on the summary page)Plugin data
Plugins store data in various locations. Data related to activities are normally stored in the logbook. Most settings are stored with the system settings, some settings stored in separate files as described above. Some plugins like map plugins and Activity Pictures store files like map tiles and images in same folders as the core ST equivalents. For instance, the SRTM tiles for the Elevation Correction plugin is stored here:
\Web Files\SRTM tiles\
To the FAQ writer's knowledge, there are no problems copying these directories and putting them on the new computer (like registry settings etc). This can also be used to get map tiles for offline computers. There could be paths in the files though.