Custom Preferences, Libraries, and Plugins Folders in Cinema 4D

All folders used by Cinema 4D can be pointed to a custom path, even the Preferences and Default libraries/browser directories, this is possible by adding some Environment Variables and adding a single parameter to the Cinema 4D shortcut (this is how you can move away from the C:/ hard drive and away from the AppData directory).

Browser, Plugins and Scripts Paths

In Windows, right-click “This PC” (or “My PC”), go to Properties and choose Advanced system settings, then click Environment Variables.

In “System variables”, click “New…” and in “Variable name” put one of the 3 values below. For the “Variable value” click “Browse Directory…” and go to the directory related to the variable name. Repeat this step three types, one for each of variable names below.

All the variables that you have to add:



Custom Preferences Folder (Windows)

You have to add a custom parameter to your Cinema 4D shortcut. Before doing so, first copy your current Preferences folder to the new desired location (for example, another Hard Drive).

Copy Current Folder

In Cinema 4D, go to Edit, Preferences. Then click “Open Preferences Folder…” at the bottom.

When the folder opens in Windows Explorer, copy all the contents and paste into your desired new folder. Close Cinema 4D.

Make Cinema 4D use the new custom Preferences Folder Path

  • Right-click a Cinema 4D shortcut and go to Properties.
  • In “Target”, inside double-quotes, you will have the path to the Cinema 4D executable.
  • After the quotes, add a space and then -g_prefspath=[custom preferences folder], example:
"C:\Program Files\Cinema 4D\Cinema 4D.exe" -g_prefspath=F:\Cinema4D\preferences

You can now delete the previous preferences folder. But, remember to always open the software from this shortcut.