Re-Requesting an option to change installation location


I’d like to ask for the option to select the installation location of Brave. I’m trying to get some order into the program folders as it tends to get really, really messy over time. Eg. I’d like to install Brave into C:\Program Files\Browser\Brave.
Here this was requested before: - How to Change Installation Location
And here: (probably Muon)

Thank you for your work!


This has been an outstanding issue for two years. It’s probably best to go with the portable version: portapps[DOT]io/app/brave-portable/

I’m not so much concerned about a mess in prog files, I can’t afford to install any more apps on C because of space limitations. Brave has somehow missed the trend of manufacturers providing small SSDs and large D drives. Especially on laptops/notebooks.

Follow the install instructions on their page. I choose d\program files and was able to install it this morning when I ran the portable installer as the administrator.

Seems the developers don’t care. Here’s how to change the default install location: (Win10)
0- Close Brave
1- Go to the current profile location: C:\Users[your-user-name]\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser
2- Copy the “user Data” directory wherever you want, that will become your new profile location. (I put it on an encrypted disk, in “S:/Brave/”
3- Delete the “User Data” directory from the actual location
4- Open the console in admin mode and type:
cd C:\Users[your-user-name]\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser [enter]
Then create a simlink:
mklink /d “User Data” S:\Brave\UserData [enter]

That’s all. Now Brave will open with your profile located at S:/Brave

Brave is a nice software but some things really miss, including this installation option, and even more important, a master password. That’s why I saved my profile on an encrypted disk that I unmount when I don’t use Brave.