# Change default folder for ANKI (space repetition)

As you can see in my Beeminder project I've started using ANKI space repetition software. After installing it I found out that ANKI default folder is inside my home directory which I try to keep as clean as possible with KISS philosophy in mind.

To my surprise I hadn't found easy solution to change it, so I had to look to the source and found where the settings is.

# Best solution

As kos mentioned in discussion, there is an easier solution than the one you can find down in this post - your can run Anki with -b parametr as this: anki -b /path/to/anki/folder.

I created /usr/bin/local/anki and inserted this::

 #!/usr/bin/bash
/usr/bin/anki -b /path/to/folder/with/Anki


Now it's necessary to assure that when you call command anki, it will execute the one in the /usr/bin/local/anki and not the one in /usr/bin/anki. You need to have /usr/local/bin in front of /usr/bin in you $PATH variable. To check this, you can type echo$PATH in terminal. My is e.g.:

 /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/texlive/2012/bin/x86_64-linux:/home/USER/prac/scripts


if you need help to change it, you can take a look on WikiHow.

Then just add executable permissions and voilà :) .

## Original solution (use it only if above doesn't work)

1. Go to the folder where ANKI is installed, in my case:

/usr/share/anki

2. Edit file in aqt folder called profiles.py, you have to find category Helpers and edit appropriate line (it depends which OS you use: Win, Mac, Linux..) you wish:

def _defaultBase(self):
if isWin:
if False: #qtmajor >= 5:
loc = QStandardPaths.writeableLocation(QStandardPaths.DocumentsLocation)
else:
loc = QDesktopServices.storageLocation(QDesktopServices.DocumentsLocation)
return os.path.join(loc, "Anki")
elif isMac:
return os.path.expanduser("~/Documents/Anki")
else:
return os.path.expanduser("~/Anki")


e.g I edited last line to this:

return os.path.expanduser("~/edu/Anki")


to change my default folder to ~/edu/Anki.