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A profile (database) is a data file with a .dat extension which contains settings and one-on-one chat histories.


Default location

Windows 95, 98, ME

The default location on these systems is .\Profiles\<profile_name>\ in the same as the folder you installed Miranda.

Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7

The default location on these systems is %APPDATA%\Miranda, which on Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003 expands to C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Miranda\<profile_name>\ and on Vista and 7 expands to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Miranda\<profile_name>\.

Changing location

  • Open mirandaboot.ini and find the "ProfileDir=" entry.
  • Change the location it points to.
  • If you want to use your existing profile, copy it to the new location (Miranda root folder is not allowed).
  • Restart Miranda.

Making a backup

You may be asked to backup your profile before installing or upgrading plugins, or before upgrading Miranda. Simply make a copy of your existing profile data file and put it somewhere safe.

Creating a new profile

Execute Miranda executable while pressing [ctrl] key. This starts Miranda's Profile Manager, where you may create user profiles.