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How to Back Up, Save, and Export Your Silhouette Studio Library Files

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If you've ever been on the losing end of a computer crash you know how upsetting and frustrating it can be to lose photos, files, and months or years of work. Or perhaps you are getting a new computer and don't want to have to manually move each and ever file in your library.  Well lucky for you and me Silhouette America has created a really fast way to back up, save, move and/or export your entire Studio Library. And the best part is...you don't even have to be computer savy to do it.  Seriously, people, seriously this is like major.
BUT...what you do need to do is upgrade to Silhouette Studio V3.  If you haven't already, fear not, the bugs are worked out and it's not so scary.

Alright good, you've upgraded.  Now, open up Silhouette Studio and click on File.

Go about two thirds of the way down the menu and click on Library > Export Library.
NOTE: If you are running Silhouette Studio with Cloud, you will NOT have the Export Library option. Instead, use this method to export the Silhouette Studio library with Cloud version of Silhouette Studio.

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Once you click on Export library you'll get this pop up box asking you where you want your entire Silhouette Library to go. If you want to back up or move your entire Silhouette Library, an external hard drive (connected through a USB port) is a great choice...that's where I saved mine as a back up.

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Your entire library will start to export...but it will not be deleted it from your Silhouette Studio library - it will just be a copy that's moved.

This is how the exported saved library will look.  You can rename that file to something you have a better chance of recognizing or searching for, too. I changed mine to 'My Silhouette Studio Library'.


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If you're just using this as a backup plan, you're all set! You've gotten yourself a free insurance policy.

But let's say you want to move all those .Studio files onto another computer. You can do that by plugging your hard drive into your new computer.

Open up Silhouette Studio on that computer (you've of course reinstalled the program over there) click on File > Library and this time select Import Library.

Navigate to your library of files...again mine was renamed "My Silhouette School library as you can see there in gray) and click 'OK'.

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And off they go...into your Silhouette Studio library.

It seriously couldn't be any easier to move and back up your Silhouette Studio library now so there's no excuse not to!

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69 comments

  1. Wish I could export my files. It gets stuck at 61% and won't export anymore. Have no idea on what to do

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  2. Brilliant thank you. I am learning so much from you. This is going to be done very soon, to my external hard drive. Linda x

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  3. Ugh, unfortunately when I tried to import the library back (after doing a reset because of problems), it just gave me "file not supported," so I had to use the "recover option :(

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    1. You have most likely choosen the Import-Import to Library option rather than the Library - Import Library option. :)

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    2. OHHHH...I think I did the same thing. Thanks!

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    3. This was SO helpful! THANK YOU!!!

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  4. I tried to import my library to my laptop to my laptop and received the following:

    The file type you are trying to access is not supported.

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  5. I get the same message "file type not supported"

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  6. I just was able to do this w/o issue from my desktop PC to my MacBook Pro and it was a HUGE help - THANK YOU so much for this advise/info.
    It saved how I organized my files and also transported my portfolio CD's files that I had no idea how I was going to get moved over as I don't have a CD drive w/ my MacBook and didn't want to fork over any more $$ right now to buy one!

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  7. I also get file not supported:_ what can I do? I have recovered all my SIL designs but had over 14,000 other images and patterns that now have to be added by hand.

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  8. If you are getting the error message "file type not supported" you are using the wrong path.

    You need to follow this to reinstall/restore your library.

    FILE->LIBRARY-IMPORT LIBRARY and then follow the prompts to log in and confirm your account.

    I think you are trying to just "import" by doing this FILE->IMPORT->IMPORT TO LIBRARY, which is incorrect. That is what you use when you want to import an image already on your computer into the library - not to recover the backed up files.

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    1. Thank you!!! I kept getting "file not supported" I was getting so frustrated. Turned out I was using the wrong path. THANK YOU for the clarification!!!! :)

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    2. THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU!

      I couldn't figure out what Ii was doing wrong. So what is the other way for?

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    3. NOPE - I have tried File/Library/ Import and also File/Library/Import to Library and I get the same error. I am trying to restore from a USB stick. I recently updated the software and all it gave me back is just a little of what I had.

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  9. I just transferred my files however it didn't transfer all of them. For example, none of my silhouette files and some of my fonts didn't transfer. What did I do wrong.

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    1. I have the same problem, only some of the files are copied across does anyone have any ideas???

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  10. I did as you suggested and exported my files to a thumb drive from my laptop and then imported them to my desktop. It asked for my sign in information to the my Silhouette account and I filled that in and it imported everything. Beautiful! Now my question is that someone told me that by doing this I have just used up one of the 3 "recoveries" of your files that Silhouette allows us. Is this true? And how do I check to see how many "recoveries" I have left?

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  11. I still get the error message when I try to "Import Library". I am not importing TO library. I did see on SIL blog that I need to copy a file from my old computer to my new one but haven't tried that yet as I don't want to lose all my files SIL downloaded for me.

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  12. Oh man... I've had a new computer for almost a year and I have never transferred files. I must do this!

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  13. Thank you for this tutorial! It has ended my frustration in not being able to move my library to my new laptop. I've been working off of two computers! Now, can you help me move all my fonts??

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  14. I can't download Version 3 onto my current computer- the OS is too old and it won't run. How do I find where all of my Silhouette files are stored? I know where my .studio files are, but not my designs. I did buy a new computer, and have Version 3 installed on it, so I'm hoping that if I can find my files (not all of them are from the Silhouette Design Store), I can copy them from a thumb drive onto the new computer... I just don't know where they are stored!

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  15. Does this just backup your files in your 'library' folder? What about the freebies, my designs, or any other folders I've created under the 'my library' folder? Is there a way to check to see what was exported, without importing them again and getting duplicates?

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  16. Is it normal when checking the external hard drive to get the file not supported? or when I would install to studio it would work? or does this mean I did something wrong?

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  17. thanks for this very helpful tutorial Melissa! I've moved my library successfully, (although it wasn't that big). What I can't figure out is…I have free fonts downloaded onto my desktop that i use in Silhouette and I'd like to move those as well. They don't show up in my HD-Library-fonts list. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!!

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    1. I'm not Melissa, nor an expert with Silhouette..YET...but I do know you need to download the fonts onto the new computer. I know nothing about Macs, but on a PC you go to C Drive>Windows>Fonts (or just search for "fonts" from start menu). Just drag and drop the unzipped fonts in that folder. When you restart Silhouette the new fonts should be recognized by the Silhouette software.

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  19. I accidently deleted an entire folder. Does anyone know how to get that back. These are my own files so I can download from silhouette and they are not in my trash bin

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  20. If you do it this way you are actually using up your 3 downloads from Sillhouette. I have not found a way to copy from my external HD to my laptop as it is not connected to the internet.

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    1. I know that this is an old comment, but in case someone still needs help. From the SIL page:

      ~Backing Up

      You may alternately manually backup your entire library, including the library folder structure (in V3.0 and higher) by going to the File > Library > Export Library menu option. This will save a file of your library in a backed-up format. This file can then be re-imported by going to the File > Library > Import Library menu option. As you import, you will be required to authenticate any purchases made from your account. This feature does require an active internet connection. Failure to authenticate your account information will disallow content obtained from the account in question where the original purchase was made.

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    2. I know that this is an old comment, but in case someone still needs help. From the SIL page:

      ~Backing Up

      You may alternately manually backup your entire library, including the library folder structure (in V3.0 and higher) by going to the File > Library > Export Library menu option. This will save a file of your library in a backed-up format. This file can then be re-imported by going to the File > Library > Import Library menu option. As you import, you will be required to authenticate any purchases made from your account. This feature does require an active internet connection. Failure to authenticate your account information will disallow content obtained from the account in question where the original purchase was made.

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  21. I am having the same problem. I backed up all my stuff-including files I've created. Or even files where I have multiples laid out on the mat for mass production. I keep trying to import a few certain ones in particular and keep getting the file not supported as well. And I did the whole correct path, signed it-now I hear that I've used my 2nd back up through silhouette. So anyway the file type is STUDIO_LIBRARY File (.studio_library) I'm thinking I'm doing something wrong. But really? What is the deal? I'm frustrated, lost and don't have a lot of time to ty and move these files to my library for use. Time is an issue.

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    1. Shawna, I'm having the same problem...Studio doesn't seem to recognize the STUDIO_LIBRARY file. I use Silhouette on two different computers and save every project to a thumb drive (unless I forget). This gives me access to all of my files but the directories are different per computer. Grrr...

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    2. Scroll up to Feb. 7...Steve may have offered just the suggestion we both need.

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  22. Yes correct this is using your downloads from the store, not other designs you may have created etc. If anyone knows how to copy all of the library contents please let us know

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  23. I have the DE of Silhouette. Do I still need to upgrade to Studio 3? Thanks.

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  24. I have the DE of Silhouette. Do I still need to upgrade to Studio 3? Thanks.

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  25. I have got a new computer and have transferred my library following Melissa's suggestions, thank you it worked perfectly. I now have the problem that the new software doesn't seem to like my old Craft Robo machine, because it keeps telling me that the cutting mat is too wide, but I have not changed anything else. Can anyone help with a way to get round this? Thanks.

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  26. Thank you!!! I just imported to new computer and your tutorial was perfect!!

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  27. Superb tutorial! Thank you!

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  28. I try to export and program gets stuck on 45%,then doesn't want to go any further

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  29. Help Please. I decided that I really need to back up my Silouhette Library. I plugged in a "jump drive", clicked on the export library button in Silouhette. When I plug the san disc jump drive in and it tells me that the files can not be supported. I don't know what I have done wrong. Can you help me. Thanks

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  30. Is there a way to do the reverse? I have saved all of my Sil files as 'save as' svg files to my PC and have back up on my external drive. When I click on them they open in SIL. Guess in the beginning when I was saving I didn't think to save in library. Is there a way to import them to library without doing each individually as I have lots? Also is it better to have them in Library as well or will it slow down Sil when designing or cutting? I have design edition. Thank you

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    1. I have my projects saved on a thumb drive. I was able to just drag the files into the library. You can drag quite a few at a time so it's not too bad.

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  31. Thank you so much! I was moving all my files from my Mac desktop to my new Macbook. I was so worried it wouldn't work, but that was so easy:)

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  32. http://www.studiocalico.com/community/die-cutting/topics/42442-info-sharing-your-library-between-two-computers


    THIS LINK IS SO MUCH BETTER AND HAS DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KNOW THE ACTUAL GODDAMNED LOCATION OF THE FILES ON THEIR COMPUTER, FOR FUCKS SAKE.

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    1. You are SOOOO right. This link offers a much easier method of moving libraries. Thank you for sharing this!!!!

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    2. Your language is totally unnecessary.

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    3. this link no longer works - can someone please summarize for me the instructions? I just keep getting "error has occurred" messages when I try to import my library... it shows 722 files in design archive but won't upload them. HELP please!! I want to cry :(

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    4. New location for the link from prior Anonymous: http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/die-cutting/topics/42442-info-sharing-your-library-between-two-computers

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  34. Question, If I already installed the system on my new computer and started to download images to that one will importing this library erase the new images?
    Or will it just add the images into it?
    If it does delete them do you know how I would get them back? There isn't that many but still ones I have paid for.

    Thank you so much for such a great post!

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    1. I'm not sure if it will replace the files that you downloaded already, but you can re-download those files. Log into the Silhouette Design website and click on your name in the top right corner. Choose "My Account". Under My Designs, choose "Click here". Then you can just click on the designs that you had already downloaded and choose the Download button. (Or you just go to that design's page and choose Download.)

      You could also just use the feature that will download all of your designs to the new computer. Even though it says you can only do this three times, you can email customer support and they will reset this for you. :)

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  35. Does this count against the recover chances you get with silhouette? I know it states you only get to use the recover option 3 times... I'm assuming since you did an export and then an import it does not count, but want to make sure!

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  36. When I try to import my library from my thumb drive I'm asked for my Design store e-mail and password. When I enter the info it
    says it is authenticating and then nothing happens. I waited over an hour and I did have an internet connection. Can anyone help with this? TIA.

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  37. I have Windows 10 on my laptop and when I try to import my library, I was asked with program I wanted to open the files in. I went through my program files and found Silhouette and chose silhouette library. Now I get an error the files that are I am try to access are unsupported. HELP!!

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  39. Help Is there a setting i need to use my software is only saying import to library. i have the latest version Designer Software V3 any help would be great! thanks in advance!!

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    1. I figured it out on my own but for anyone else with the same problem just right click on either your email address (for cloud users) or Local User and it should show export there. Hope this helps someone having my same issues!!

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    2. THANK YOU!!! I had the same problem and your comment saved me a ton of time:)

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    3. Sorry for my ignorance, but where would I find my email address or local user tab? Is that in the Studio software or somewhere else on my macbook? I only have the Import to library option - no export option at all.

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  40. Can I export my library from Mac and import to my window PC?
    I tried but failed.

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  41. HI!I've updated to the whole cloud version of studio and now I don't know how to export the files because there isn't an export option under "library" anymore!! HELP!!!!!

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  43. Since the new updated firmware, I also have no option to Export, how can I get around this? The new update has caused me alot of problems.

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  44. I have already purchased the Ultimate Silhouette Guide, is there anyway I can just buy the Cameo 3 Chapter?

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  45. Well I did a software upgrade. I had actually last week backed up my library to a USB drive. So now that I am updated to the latest version, my library did not stay. ONLY purchased items through silhouette are there. I had so many files and even had different libraries for holidays/sports etc. NOW ITS ALL GONE. I have tried to import (file/library/import) and it wont' work. Says could not open specified file. OMG HELP

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  46. i am trying to back my files on to usb but i have no export library option how can i find this i have updated but still not showing up please help

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  47. ALL my downloads are saving to Silhouette, which restricts what you can do with them. How do you change this ?

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