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Move the Urchin Data directory to another location for Windows systems

  1. Stop the Urchin Services: Start->Programs->Urchin->Disable Urchin Services
  2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the etc folder of the Urchin distribution. By default, this is C:\Program Files\Urchin\etc
  3. Using a text editor, open the urchin.conf file
  4. Uncomment the following line by removing the leading ‘#’ character:#dataDirectory: ./data/

    and substitute the drive letter and full pathname you want to use instead of the default folder, e.g.

    dataDirectory: E:\Urchin\data

  5. If necessary, create the new data folder. Important note: the permissions on this folder must allow read and write access to the Urchin service.
  6. Copy the contents of the data folder to the new folder.
  7. Rename the data folder to data.old. You can remove it completely if you wish, but you may want to ensure that everything is working properly before doing this.
  8. Restart the Urchin Services: Start->Programs->Urchin->Enable Urchin Services


  • Due to the way licensing is implemented on UNIX-type systems to prevent tampering, moving Urchin’s data directory will require the Urchin license to be reactivated. However, the relicense operation is extremely simple – you merely need to log in as the Urchin admin user and click Reactivate License.
  • Windows users who later upgrade Urchin, will have to edit the ~urchin\etc\urchin.conf file. That file is overwritten with default settings during any Urchin upgrade, so you will need to restore your custom data location settings.

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