Application Data (APPDATA) is a hidden folder where application can saved their data for one user.
To share data between several user, the ProgramData folder should be used.
- Default Location
- Environment variable
Process / Thread - Environment Variable
The appdata folders contains three subfolders
C:\Users\UserName\AppData \Local \LocalLow \Roaming
- local contains data that will stay on the computer (cache, big file..
- localLow contains data that may be used even in Protected mode (with more restricted security settings)
- roaming is the data that would roam (ie sync from computer to computer) after a user login on the same domain
- The appdata equivalent for linux is a hidden home sub-directory with the name of the application
- ~ is a shortcut for home