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How do I delete projects?

have tooled around a bit getting familiar with the new interface and made a few files but wanting to scrap them out of my rig. Does anybody know how to do that? Step by step would be great if possible thanks in advance everyone

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asked Mar 26 '14 at 07:09 PM in Using UE4

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avatar image Jacky Mar 26 '14 at 07:14 PM

You can delete them manually. Project files are saved in Documents > Unreal Projects folder by default.

avatar image TekGE Mar 27 '14 at 02:07 PM

thankyou very much i was looking in the program folder. Still trying to familiarise myself with UE4 after coming over from UDK.

avatar image Durpies May 09 '14 at 02:11 PM

Since you can change the directory when creating projects, wouldn't UE4 have some way to keep track of all of them? If this is the case, then I worry that deleting a project manually would mess up UE4's registry.

Note: this is just speculation, would somebody please clarify?

avatar image TekGE May 09 '14 at 03:44 PM

after doing some research and admittedly destroying and reinstalling UE4 repeatedly after messing with the code just that little bit too much i noticed that while it does affect the registry SLIGHTLY to add remove things you can simply allow it to do it's registry verification at start up and it will happily sort itself out for you Durpies.

avatar image brucerick May 16 '14 at 06:12 PM

I've done this but this isn't the problem I'm really having. All projects are not saved in the Unreal Projects folder, some are outside of the folder but still show up in this area. The only work around I've found so far is to move the project from the folder that it is sitting in after it has been opened in UE, or they will stay in your "My Projects" section.

Note, these files are not in the Unreal Engine Projects folder. They are sitting on our network in different folders.

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avatar image SuperfuntimesV Apr 09 '19 at 02:31 PM

I love working with the Unreal Engine, but some aspects of the UI are pretty poorly thought-out. It really makes me worry about Epic buying up exclusives, but that's off-point.

Why can't I just open my project browser, which happens every time I open Unreal, simply right-click any entry and have the option to "remove from project browser list" or "delete project"? Instead, I have to go edit my registry...? I would argue that having very simple controls on our project browsers is kind of a no-brainer...?

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For those of you that don't want to delete the project, but only want to remove the link from the Unreal Launcher here's I found to do it.

Open the file at:


You'll see some entries like this:


Just remove the line with the path to the project you don't want to show up, save and restart the UE4 Launcher. That project should no longer appear under "My Projects". (Until you open it again)

(You probably want to replace 4.9 in the path above with the most recent version number)

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answered Sep 04 '15 at 11:35 PM

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avatar image Spoondog Jun 23 '17 at 06:10 AM

This doesn't appear to work any more (not sure from which version it changed, but those lines don't appear in that ini file in 4.16).

Would be good if the project files themselves had a DontShowInLauncher=True option or something (so you can still have project files there that you browse to manually, without having to rename back and forth)

avatar image braisbr1 Jan 08 '18 at 10:20 AM

The option tmek mentions does still work as of Engine version 4.18, not sure why you mention that it doesn't seem to work any more! Have you had better luck since you posted your reply?

avatar image Lunchbox Feb 08 '18 at 10:44 PM

Is there another place the launcher references projects? Even after removing:

RecentlyOpenedProjectFiles= "whatever project path"

The projects remain in the launcher after reopening the launcher and after restarting the computer.

Additionally, none of my EditorSettings.ini for any version have the second line:


They only list RecentlyOpenedProjectFiles as a singular path.

This is a very obnoxious problem as we work with dozens of projects but only a few at a time. They are all managed through source control so we'd really prefer not to have to move entire projects to clean up the launcher.

Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.

avatar image Grimwolf Jul 27 '17 at 04:51 PM

It doesn't even matter which engine version I'm looking at, this entire folder structure does not seem to exist. At least not anymore. I even tried running Search through my entire Unreal Engine directory for EditorSettings.ini, and found only a single irrelevant result.

avatar image Bravo99x Apr 08 '18 at 07:22 AM

tmek solution worked great for me.. folder was \AppData\Local\UnrealEngine and what ever version the project is you have to go edit the EditorSettings.ini for all the versions you want to delete. The links of a 4.10 version project would be in the 4.10 folder. So the path for 4.10 would be AppData\Local\UnrealEngine\4.10\Saved\Config\Windows\EditorSettings.ini
So edit the file and just delete the recently opened links you don't want showing up in the myprojects launcher. Just removes the links and leaves the projects alone..

avatar image Rajesh_juneja Sep 13 '18 at 07:13 AM

@Tmek: thanks it worked for me in UE 4.19 :)

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Quite simple:

  • Open the UE launcher.

  • Click 'Library'.

  • Right-click the project you want to delete.

  • Choose 'delete'.

That's all ... I must say it's not obvious to find at beginning ! I searched a long time to find it out !

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answered Apr 08 '15 at 11:18 AM

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Just simply rename the YourGame.uproject file in the backups etc. to YourGame.uprojectBAK

The launcher just looks for .uproject files.

This is how i've always done it :)

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answered Sep 05 '15 at 05:30 PM

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Hi all, I am looking to delete the link so it does not appear in the Launcher, not the project itself (as it seems to do when you right click/delete).

I am duplicating projects for backup and open them in the Editor to test if they are ok. But I don't want to see them permanently in the launcher window or the open project window in the editor.

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answered Aug 20 '15 at 01:24 PM

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avatar image tmek Sep 04 '15 at 11:36 PM

Hi, I added an answer to this page that covers your situation.

avatar image tharmine Sep 05 '15 at 03:55 PM

Thank you, I will try that

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