Q100048: Nuke Directory Locations



This article aims to list the common directory locations associated with Nuke.


Product default install location
Linux:         /usr/local/Nuke13.0v5/
macOS:    /Applications/Nuke13.0v5/Nuke13.0v5.app/Contents/MacOS/
Windows:     C:\Program Files\Nuke13.0v5\

.nuke default folder location
Linux:           /home/login name/.nuke
macOS:    /Users/login name/.nuke
Windows:     C:\Users\user name\.nuke
Please be aware this folder can be hidden by default, and if this is the case there are a number of online resources documenting how to show hidden folders for each OS.
  • On Linux: CTRL+H should enable hidden files in the GUI.
  • On macOS: Pressing CMD+Shift+Period will display the hidden files/folders in the Finder.

NOTE:  On Windows, the .nuke folder can be found under the directory pointed to by the HOME environment variable. If this variable is not set (which is common), the .nuke directory will be under the folder specified by the USERPROFILE environment variable - which is generally of the form drive letter:\Users\login name\

To find out if the HOME and USERPROFILE environment variables are set and where they are pointing at, enter %HOME% or %USERPROFILE% into the address bar in Windows Explorer. If the environment variable is set, the folder it’s pointing at is opened. If it’s not set, you get an error.

Cache default directory
Linux:        /var/tmp/nuke-u####  (where #### is a current user number such as u1001)
macOS:    /var/tmp/nuke-u### (where ### is a current user number, such as u501)
Windows:     C:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\Temp\nuke

You can find the location of Nuke's general cache directory from within Nuke by hitting x on your keyboard when the focus is on the Node Graph, and then running the following TCL command:


For more information, please refer to the User Guide or online help page for the Cache Directory

Plugin default directories

/users/login name/.nuke

/Users/login name/.nuke

C:\Program Files\Nuke13.0v5\plugins\nukescripts
C:\Program Files\Nuke13.0v5\plugins
C:\Users\login name\.nuke
OFX plug-in default directories



C:\Program Files\Common Files\OFX\Nuke
C:\Program Files\Common Files\OFX\Plugins
For more information, please refer to the following section of Nuke's documentation: 

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