Directly modify the settings files


Maya stores preferences files in the following path:


Mac OS X

Linux (64-bit)

You can change the location of your preferences and other important Maya folders (projects, etc.) by using environment variables. See File path variables for details.

Most preferences are saved as text files of MEL commands.

Shelves are stored in the shelves subdirectory, icons are stored in the icons subdirectory, and marking menus are stored in the markingMenus subdirectory.

When you customize Maya, your new settings are stored in user preference files, so that each time you open Maya, your settings are used instead of the Maya default settings. If you delete a preference file, Maya uses the default settings.


Maya does not detect if you are out of space if your disk overflows while Maya is saving preferences. If this occurs, your preferences may become corrupt or irretrievable. Ensure that your hard drive has space available to save your Maya preference files. If the disk runs out of space, free up some space before exiting the Maya application.

Color and hotkey files

The following .mel files store settings you have customized using the Colors window and Hotkey Editor.

Default hotbox marking menus

The following files define the default Hotbox marking menus.

User preferences

The following files define user preferences.

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