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This is an experimental feature.

A snapshot can be used to store the current configuration of your virtual machine and all associated settings. Snapshots are stored in a snapshots directory which are created at the below paths respective to your operating system:

  • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/rancher-desktop/snapshots
  • Linux: ~/.local/share/rancher-desktop/snapshots
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\rancher-desktop\snapshots

The snapshots directory may be moved by creating a symlink from your system's default path to your preferred location.

Snapshot Management

The following actions can be taken on the tab:

  • Create Snapshot: You can choose to create a snapshot through the user interface from the Snapshots tab by clicking the Create Snapshot button. This will launch a dialog and provides a note alerting that Rancher Desktop will be unavailable during the creation of a new Snapshot.

    • Snapshot Name: Text can be entered into this field to name your snapshot.
    • Description: Text can be entered into the Description field that describes your snapshot.
  • Restore: The Restore button can be used to restore a snapshot and will replace your current snapshot installation including preference settings. Rancher Desktop will be unavailable while this process is running.

  • Delete: The Delete button can be used to remove snapshots permanently.

Command Line - rdctl snapshot

All commands available through the user interface are also available using the rdctl snapshot command. Please see the reference page for more information.