Plants Vs. Zombies – location of save game file (Windows XP, Windows 7, & Mac OS)

Wanna continue playing Plants Vs. Zombies on a different computer, but don’t want to lose your progress? I know I ran into this scenario: I’ve been playing the game on my netbook, but really wanted to start playing on my desktop’s 24″ monitor.

So I poked around and eventually figured out where the elusive save files are located.

(Added 11.11.2010) Mac OS
According to this link, the Mac OS save game file is located in /Users/*username*/Library/Application Support/Popcap/PlantsVsZombiesMac/userdata/

I don’t know if this is for both Steam and non-Steam versions, and I am not sure if the files are interchangeable with PC.


PC – Steam version

  • Vista/Window 7: C:\ProgramData\Steam\PlantsVsZombies\userdata
  • XP: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\plants vs zombies\userdata

PC – Non-Steam version

  • Vista/Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies\userdata
  • XP: C:\Program Files\PopCap Games\Plants vs. Zombies\userdata

So, locate the files on the computer you’re currently playing on. Then, copy all of the .dat files into the directory on the computer you want to start playing on (in my case, I copied them from the netbook to the desktop). Note that this will overwrite any progress on the target computer, but you probably figured that already.

Note: I can’t vouch for XP, but in my Windows 7 + Steam scenario, the ‘C:\ProgramData\Steam\PlantsVsZombies\userdata’ folder is hidden. I had to turn on viewing of hidden files: Computer > Organize > Folder and Search Options > View > Show hidden files, folders, and drives (works in Vista too). In XP it’s My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View > Show hidden files — or something like that.

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  • PvZ player

    I realize this is an old thread, but I was wondering if anyone had the same problem as me and/or a solution. I’m running OSX 10.7.4 and Plants Vs. Zombies GOTY edition from Steam. I found the folder using the directory listed above, but it is empty. There is another folder called userdata_backup in the ~/PlantsVsZombiesMac folder, and I can see all the .dat save files there. These files update every time I play the game (I’ve been taking note of the “last modified” date/time). Even after using a Terminal command to show all hidden files, no files appear whatsoever in the userdata folder. I tried copying one of the backup files there after editing it (using 0xED), but it just disappeared after launching the game to see if the changes had taken place. The game is still the same. Are my real save files somewhere on Steam’s servers that I can’t access? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Stu

    Have upgraded from desktop with XP to laptop with Win 8. Copied files from relevant dir’s on desktop and placed in my users file on laptop. Run .exe file, game starts but my previous user names aren’t here. Your assistance would be appreciated with target folder on laptop and any other info.

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Heather – what do you mean by “downloaded from Shockwave?” Help me understand. Maybe we can figure it out. :)

  • Heather

    I had several saved games on XP & got a new computer that has Win 7. I have moved all of the appropriate files to the userdata file but when I open Plants vs Zombies it doesn’t show anything. It just wants me to create new games. I have downloaded from Shockwave, Does that make a difference?

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Yee,

    On the XP machine, copy what’s in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\plants vs zombies\userdata (FOR STEAM VERSION) or C:\Program Files\PopCap Games\Plants vs. Zombies\userdata (NON STEAM VERSION).

    Copy those files to the directory on the Windows 7 machine: C:\ProgramData\Steam\PlantsVsZombies\userdata (STEAM VERSION) or C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies\userdata (NON STEAM VERSION)

  • Yee

    Would you pleased help me how to copy the user data of the plants vs zombies from window Xp to window 7 . Thank you very much

  • Virginia B.

    Here’s a tricky question – my son deleted my player name today – after I spent many, many hours playing every singe level just so that he could play the mini games. Is there any way to restore it?

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  • MJS

    Thanks a lot…this has been of great help…!!! :D
    and @JEFF (the above commentator) previous levels cannot played in this game in adventure mode…so try playing the mini games after you unlock them…they consist almost all of the level types… :)

  • Jeff

    Has anyone figured out how to go back and replay a level? I would like to replay some levels just because they were fun.

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  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Thanks, ninja.

  • http://facebook.com/ninja872005@yahoo.com.vn ninja

    hey i can help for you
    non-Steam version? I’ll assume non-Steam. So you just copied everything from “C:\Program Files\PopCap Games\Plants vs. Zombies\userdata” to “C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies\userdata”?
    => it is not
    it is here . you turn on hidden folder . open C:
    you can see ProgamData
    C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies\user and cache
    you copy it from v…v….. to here replace

  • michael

    Thanks for the view hidden files reply

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  • http://Firefox TOBY

    I clould not find Plants vs zombies thatt I was playing

  • PvsPostal MineOnline

    Thanks Andrew. I owe you one

  • ASASDAS

    groovy

  • t-dog

    im 6

  • t-dog

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  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    t dog,

    Dude. Chill. LOL. If the files are really deleted, you can try an undelete utility. Or you can use system protection to roll your PC back to before the files were deleted? Just a thought.

  • t dog

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  • t dog

    please help im desperado!! pweaaaase imma noobb!

  • t dog

    My game was deleted how can i get it back??

  • t dog

    i tried to put it from my pc to my laptop but the laptop would not let me put it in????

  • aman

    its cool bro i find it……………………

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Stefanutz,

    Did you use the versions appropriate for Steam vs. non-Steam, and the proper OS? For example, Windows XP has a different file location than Vista/7.

  • Stefanutz

    I have tried to take my save files from ‘userdata’ folder with me, but on my home laptop whey don’t work. I have replaced all files in same folder with those I have brought but still can’t play my last game. I have transferred from XP to Win 7 and d’ont work !! :(

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Diana – I don’t know that this is possible. I am not sure of a way to copy the PVZ data for the iPhone. I don’t even know if there is a way to access it. I know the PC version offers “cloud syncing” over Steam, but I don’t think there is anything like that available on iPhone, even through the Game Center.

  • Diana

    How can I transfer my game progress from one iPhone to another? Have a new phone and don’t want to restart from the beginning, took me weeks of playing to finish adventure mode twice. Thanks.

  • mark anthony

    when i play the setup they says that its less physical memory than 512mb…

    pls help

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    Vadim – Steam or non-Steam version? I’ll assume non-Steam. So you just copied everything from “C:\Program Files\PopCap Games\Plants vs. Zombies\userdata” to “C:\ProgramData\PopCap Games\PlantsVsZombies\userdata”?

    Also do you think it could be a permissions issue on the file(s)? Are you familiar with how to check this?

  • Vadim N.

    Hi to all. I have tried to take my save files from ‘userdata’ folder with me, but on my home laptop whey don’t work. I have replaced all files in same folder with those I have brought but still can’t play my last game. I have transferred from XP to Win 7. Maybe this is a problem??

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    No problem Jimmy. Btw, do I know you? LOL sorry if I should be making a connection here. :)

  • http://stinkymatt.com Jimmy

    I forgot how to do this and look where I ended up.

    Thanks Andy

  • http://www.round-mirror.org  Round Mirror

    Plants Vs. Zombies should be given the title “game of the year”, this game is so addictive-“;

  • http://andrewblock.net Andrew Block

    That is a good one. I also like the Yeti zombie (very rare and only found on a certain level).

  • Gracie Hayes

    my favorite character on the Plants Vs. Zombies game is none other than the Michael Jackson zombie.-..

  • Craz.

    Nice! Thanks ;)