# How to relocate the Confluence home directory

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## Purpose

There are times when the Confluence home directory might need to be relocated. For example, perhaps the disk containing that directory has run out of space.

Solution

To relocate the home directory, follow the steps below:

Before proceeding, be sure to take note of the definition of Confluence Home and other important directories and Confluence Install Directory.

1. Stop Confluence.
2. Backup the Confluence home directory.
3. Move the Confluence home directory to the new location.
4. Edit the <confluence-install-directory>/confluence/WEB-INF/classes/confluence-init.properties file by changing the confluence.home property to point to the new location:

 confluence.home=/path/to/your/confluence/home

Note for Windows Users

Each backslash in your path must be written as a forward slash.

For example, c:\confluence\data should be written as c:/confluence/data

Note for Unix Users

NOTE: If the path of your confluence.home directory contains symlinks, please set confluence.home to the absolute path, otherwise problems may occur.

For example, where /data is a symlink to -> /var/data/

confluence.home=/data/confluence/ should be written as confluence.home=/var/data/confluence

5. Start Confluence