mccannd
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Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Sun May 03, 2020 10:58 am

When using the Raspberry Pi Imager (on Win 7 PC) and selecting Raspbian to write to my SD. Where does the Raspbian image get downloaded to, before being written to the SD card? Does the Raspbian image get deleted after being written to the SD, or does it stay in a temp folder somewhere on my Win 7 PC?

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Sun May 03, 2020 1:56 pm

I had the same question, and got the answer here from one of the developers.
Differs by OS.
Typically somewhere under c:\users\your-username\AppData\Local or ~/.cache or ~/Library/Caches

AppData folder -like most other system folders- is hidden by default in Windows explorer.
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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Sun May 03, 2020 3:46 pm

images are being downloaded in the directory i.e., Local Disk C:\users\your-username\AppData\Local or ~/.cache or ~/Library/Caches or sometime in AppData

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Sun May 03, 2020 9:50 pm

mccannd wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 10:58 am
Where does the Raspbian image get downloaded to...on my Win 7 PC?/quote]

In such cases, I open the command prompt and issue

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dir c:\".img /s/p
or

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dir c:\*raspbi* /s/p

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Sun May 03, 2020 10:02 pm

kaksi wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 9:50 pm
mccannd wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 10:58 am
Where does the Raspbian image get downloaded to...on my Win 7 PC?/quote]

In such cases, I open the command prompt and issue

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dir c:\".img /s/p
or

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dir c:\*raspbi* /s/p
Have you actually tried this? :?
Because on my system, the downloaded file does not end with .img, is not raw disk image format, and does not include "raspbi" in the filename.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Mon May 04, 2020 9:56 am

Thanks for all the replies, appreciate it

So in this folder:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Raspberry Pi\Imager\cache

I have a 1.10GB file

lastdownload.cache

So I suspect that's Raspbian. Is it ok to delete this file and cache folder?

Just trying to clear up some disk space.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Mon May 04, 2020 12:44 pm

mccannd wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 9:56 am
Thanks for all the replies, appreciate it

So in this folder:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Raspberry Pi\Imager\cache

I have a 1.10GB file

lastdownload.cache

So I suspect that's Raspbian. Is it ok to delete this file and cache folder?

Just trying to clear up some disk space.
On my Raspbian system the cache file is also called "lastdownload.cache", so it looks like you found it. :)

It deleted fine for me. Just remember you're in the AppData folder, which is hidden away from users. So be especially careful.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:55 pm

Sorry to hijack thread, same question but on a Mac, I tried looking for them but I can't find cached images :?
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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:12 pm

raymate wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:55 pm
Sorry to hijack thread, same question but on a Mac, I tried looking for them but I can't find cached images :?
"Go" -> "Go to Folder..." -> ~/Library/Caches/Raspberry Pi

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Re: Raspberry Pi Imager - Where do images get downloaded to?

Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:47 am

Thank you, perfect, found it :)

incognitum wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:12 pm
raymate wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:55 pm
Sorry to hijack thread, same question but on a Mac, I tried looking for them but I can't find cached images :?
"Go" -> "Go to Folder..." -> ~/Library/Caches/Raspberry Pi
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