Moving Library Content to the Cloud or Other Custom Location

Reference Number: KB-03090
Last Modified: April 5, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to host library content up on Dropbox, Google Drive, or another 3rd party cloud service. Is there a way to move or relocate the Chief Architect catalog database?


Core, Bonus, and Manufacturer libraries can all be moved to a different location by accessing the Preferences dialog in X10 and newer program versions. 

Please keep in mind that moving your libraries to a location such as a server, network, or external drive may result in slowness and/or other unexpected behavior. Chief Architect Technical Support will be unable to support any 3rd party software, special hardware, or specific network configurations used for this purpose. 

To specify a custom location for core, bonus, and manufacturer library content

  1. From the menu click on Edit> Preferences if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences if you're on a Mac.

  2. Select the Folders panel and click on the Browse button next to System Library Database Folder.

  3. Choose the folder location that you would like to move your library content to, and then click on the Select Folder button.

    In this example, the catalogs are going to be moved and hosted on Microsoft OneDrive. 

  4. The System Library Database Folder should now show the new file path for the folder that you selected.


  5. Click OK to confirm the change and the Preferences dialog will close.

    You may see a Warning with the following information: Changing the system library database folder will stop any current library downloads. Files in the chosen folder may be overwritten.

    Click OK to proceed or close out of the dialog using the "X" in the top right corner if catalogs are downloading in the background.

  6. The Moving Libraries dialog will appear and the migration process will start.

    Note: The migration process may take some time, depending on how many catalogs are being moved, along with the location they're being moved to.

  7. Once the Moving Libraries dialog disappears from the foreground, the library database has been successfully moved to your preferred location.