Last Updated: 25/02/2016

where are my profiles

where can I find the ICC profiles on my computer?

where are my profiles


In OSX the ICC profiles are in various places, but if we want anyone who uses the system, however they logged in, to have access to them we put them in the main Library > Colorsync > Profiles folder. This is where the OSX system and many installed applications put profiles.

There are also ICC profiles in the "username">Library > Colorsync > Profiles folder. Putting them there has the advantage of backing them up whenever the user's home folder is archived. Screen calibration applications like basICColor Display often place profiles into this user folder.

On later versions of mac OSX, the "username"/library is a hidden folder. It's easy to get to though, just hold down the Alt key (near your keyboard spacebar) and then mouse down on the "Go" menu item (up near the Apple logo, top left of your screen). Now you'll see a list which includes "Library", just highlight it and release the mouse and the folder will open.

For recent versions of Photoshop on Mac, Adobe's own profiles are placed in the Library > Application support > Adobe > Color > Profiles folder. Some more commonly used ones are inside that folder in the Recommended folder.


Windows puts the profiles into different folders depending upon the Windows OS version. 

7 and later: Windows\system32\spool\drivers\color

XP: Windows\system32\spool\drivers\color

2000+ME: WinNT\system\spool\drivers\color

some programs incorrectly install profiles to Win NT\System32\Color on Windows 2000, if there are any profile location problems it can be advantageous to duplicate profiles to both that folder and the one listed above.

older systems:

mac up to OS 9.x Colorsync Profiles folder inside the System folder.
windows NT4: WinNT\System32\Color
windows 95-98: Windows\System\Color

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