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Steam screenshot folder: where to find it in Windows, macOS and Linux

Find the Steam screenshot folder on any PC and you'll be able to quickly and easily share your most triumphant gaming moments with family and friends

Game screenshot
(Image: © Polymorph Games)

The Steam screenshot folder is one of our favorite features of this popular gaming platform and you're definitely going to want to know where to find it, whether you’re using Windows, macOS, or Linux. Thankfully, we're going to make locating it an absolute breeze for you.

While the screenshot folder on Steam is of course useful for capturing those victorious gaming moments when you're playing one of the best PC games, the benefits of this little beauty don't stop there. 

If you've already invested in the best gaming PC, you probably don't run into too many problems during those gaming marathons, but for those rare times when you do, Steam is a great tool to have when you’re trying to troubleshoot an issue you’re having while playing. This feature, combined with Steam’s built-in screenshot shortcut key, makes the process of taking screenshots incredibly simple.

So far so good, right? Well, yes and no. Although the Steam screenshot folder will help make your life a whole lot easier, it does have one drawback - it isn't exactly easy to find. In fact, if you're new to using Steam trying to find your screenshot can prove more than a little trick, which is why we've put together this handy guide for you. 

To help make screenshooting and sharing your stellar moments when playing the best Steam games that much easier, we’re here to show you how to find the Steam screenshot folder, whether through the client itself or directly using your file system. Let's dive in!

How to find Steam's screenshot folder using the Steam client

Steam Screenshot

(Image credit: Future)

There are different ways to find that elusive Steam screenshot folder. The easiest and quickest way to find Steam’s screenshot folder is through Steam itself. 

In the menu bar, click on "View" and select “Screenshots” from the drop-down menu. If you have taken any screenshots, they’ll be shown here where you’ll have some options about what to do with them. 

Steam Screenshot

(Image credit: Future)

While interesting in itself, what we’re looking for is the button down at the bottom that says “Show On Disk.” Clicking that will open up your system’s file explorer in the directory where that specific screenshot is stored.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t access the Steam client and you need to find the image file Steam saved to your system, don’t despair. There’s definitely another way to retrieve that file – although it will vary depending on which system you use.

How to find Steam's screenshot folder using your computer's file system

If accessing the Steam screenshot folder is not possible via the Steam client, you can just consult your computer’s file system directly. That doesn’t mean you have to check every folder in your hard drive to find it. The quickest way to do that is by simply opening Steam’s installation directory.

Finding and opening Steam’s installation directory depends on the operating system you’re using.

On Windows 8 and Windows 10, the default is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

On a Mac, the default is Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Steam, with username being the Mac username, not the Steam username.

On a Linux system, the default is ~/.local/share/Steam.

If you've installed Steam somewhere else, you'll need to navigate to the Steam folder wherever you installed it. Once you’ve found Steam’s installation directory, do the following to find the screenshot you are looking for.

  1. Navigate to the “userdata” directory. Depending on how many accounts you have set up in your Steam client, you will see one or more folders with a number in place of its name. That is the user ID number for the different accounts. In the overwhelming majority of cases, there will likely just be one folder, but if you have multiple users, it might take a little bit of probing and backtracking to find the folder assigned to your account. 
  2. Navigate to and open your user folder and look for the folder labeled “760.” Open that folder and open the folder inside labeled “remote.” 
  3. Now comes the real tricky part: Just as every user has an ID, so does every game. If you have a large library of games, clicking through each numbered folder is not going to be an efficient way to find your screenshot. An easier way is to go to this website and search for the game you’re looking for. You can search by either game id or by the title of the game.
  4. Once you know your game’s ID, navigate to that folder and open it. Navigate to the folder labeled “screenshots” and your screenshot will be in this folder. 
John Loeffler
John Loeffler

John (He/Him) is the US Computing Editor here at TechRadar and he is also a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 

Named by the CTA as a CES 2020 Media Trailblazer for his science and technology reporting, John specializes in all areas of computer science, including industry news, hardware reviews, PC gaming, as well as general science writing and the social impact of the tech industry.

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