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Football Manager 2023 BETA is out and the full release is just around the corner. This means you're going to want to get all your graphics ready for the new game.

But what if you still have a save going on FM22 or another version of FM? Fortunately our graphic megapacks are compatible with every version of FM, but they also take up alot of space and having the same files twice in two separate places is a waste of valuable disk space.

Fortunately there's a solution using something called symlinks (or "symbolic links"). This will let you have your facepack, logopack, background pack or kitpack on your hard drive just once but reusable with every version of FM you have installed.

 

This guide assumes that you have graphics in the “Football Manager 2022” folder and want to also use them with “Football Manager 2023”.

 

For the purposes of this guide we will assume that you have a folder called “faces” in your graphics folder and that your graphics currently live in the “Football Manager 2022” directory and you want to use them with “Football Manager 2023”.

 

You will likely have folders with different names depending on how you setup your graphics folder.

 

You will need to replace the word “faces” for your own folder name you want to link and the years 2023 and 2022 if you’re trying to get this to work with other games.

 

You will need to link these individual folders and not the “graphics” folder itself. This is because some graphics, such as skins, cannot be reused between different FMs.

 

We have instructions for both Windows and Mac below:

 

Windows Instructions

Go to Search and type Command Prompt and open the Command Prompt app.

 

 

Then paste in the following and hit enter:

 

mkdir "%HOMEDRIVE%/%HOMEPATH%/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics"

 

This will create a graphics folder if you don’t already have one.

 

Don't worry if you see an error message about the folder already existing. It's quite possible you already have a graphics folder.

 

Then paste in the following:

 

mklink /J "%HOMEDRIVE%/%HOMEPATH%/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics/faces" “%HOMEDRIVE%/%HOMEPATH%/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2022/graphics/faces"

 

REMEMBER: Change the “faces” folder to whatever folder you want to link and 2023 and 2022 to whatever games you want to link. Here we are linking FM22 faces to FM23.

 

You should see a success message saying “Junction Created”.

Now if you check your “Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics” folder you should see a “faces” folder that’s identical to the “faces” folder for “Football Manager 2022” if you add anything to either folder it will be available in both the 2022 and 2023 folders.

 

On the 2023 folder the fact that it’s a symbolic link is shown on windows explorer using a little arrow icon:

 

If you ever want to remove the symbolic link put the following into command prompt, again assuming that you have a folder called “faces”

rmdir "%HOMEDRIVE%/%HOMEPATH%/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics/faces/"

 

Remember: do not try and link skins between different FMs as they will not work and may break things. Only link faces, logos, kits and backgrounds.

 

Mac Instructions

To create symbolic links on Mac press Cmd + Space to open the search and type “Console”

Then type

 

mkdir ~/"Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics"

 

This will create a graphics folder if you don’t already have one.

 

Don't worry if you see an error message about the folder already existing. It's quite possible you already have a graphics folder.

 

Then paste in the following:

 

ln -s ~/"Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2022/graphics/faces" ~/"Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics/faces"

 

To create a symbolic link to your faces directory.

 

REMEMBER: Change the “faces” folder to whatever folder you want to link and 2023 and 2022 to whatever games you want to link. Here we are linking FM22 faces to FM23.

 

You will not see any sort of success message, but you can check it works by typing in:

 

ls -lh ~/"Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics"

 

If you check your “Football Manager 2023/graphics” folder in Finder you should see a “faces” folder that’s identical to the “faces” folder for “Football Manager 2022” if you add anything to either folder it will be available in both the 2022 and 2023 folders.

 

If you’re not sure how to find your graphics folder simply open Finder > Go > Go To Folder and paste the following:

 

~/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023

 

 

To make things easier in future I recommend just favouring the “Sports Interactive” directory by dragging it over to the favourites section in the sidebar.

If at a later date you want to remove this symbolic link simply open the console again and run his command:

 

rm ~"/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2023/graphics/faces"

 

Remember: do not try and link skins between different FMs as they will not work and may break things. Only link faces, logos, kits and backgrounds.

Comments
phd_angel
8 years ago
1 month ago
32

Too complicated. Just copy paste the folders. Delete them in the older FM version to save space. Voil!

bartdude
13 years ago
1 day ago
521
Premium

Or cut and paste, as I do, then you've no need to delete.

Drafter
4 years ago
12 hours ago
30,685
By phd_angel 05 November 2022 - 22:24 PM UTC 

Too complicated. Just copy paste the folders. Delete them in the older FM version to save space. Voil!

 

The whole point of this post is to help people that play on multiple versions

johnloch
11 years ago
1 day ago
45
By BramNUFC 06 November 2022 - 10:44 AM UTC 

The whole point of this post is to help people that play on multiple versions

 

Damn true. It takes half day to copy and paste thousands of graphics. This method saves my life! A million thanks!

Don_Biglia
12 years ago
3 weeks ago
16
Premium

You can just link to the same folder in steam settings, configuring the options:
--user_data_location="your/dir/to/fm/folder"

Tarık Afacan
1 year ago
1 week ago
5

what if i delete all of the fm22 folders to save a space on mac, then fm23 graphics folder will be gone?

EndOfDaysX7
8 years ago
10 hours ago
17

Is there anyway of linking FM21,FM22, FM23 all too one folder for graphics so they share the same graphics and folder instead of them having there own invididual folder…

Drafter
4 years ago
12 hours ago
30,685
By EndOfDaysX7 08 November 2022 - 17:00 PM UTC 

Is there anyway of linking FM21,FM22, FM23 all too one folder for graphics so they share the same graphics and folder instead of them having there own invididual folder…

 

Explained here

Joe Avalon
5 years ago
4 days ago
1
Premium

And if one has the folders “Football Manager 22” and “Football Manager 2023” on another drive different from the main drive C ? For instance, I have them both on the larger D drive.

trace
7 years ago
4 days ago
10

been looking fo this method for a few years, think i asked on Steam too.  Too bad i found it after already copying the files.  For FM21 i had to use the Steam game Properties (--user_data_location="your/dir/to/fm/folder") and configured both FM21 Touch and the full version to use the same user folders.  this method tho will have all your save games in the same folder.

 

your method above may still come handy though since i am using Epic for this year's version and it seems with Epic you cannot modify "--user_data_location="your/dir/to/fm/folder"' as on Steam so i got one question, does this method still work if the graphics files have been compiled into a .fmf file? 

Womaz
9 years ago
17 hours ago
281
Premium

If we are buying FM23 and have no intention of playing FM22 again……I assume I just rename my folder Football Manager 22 to Football Manager 23?

 

jnrironside
15 years ago
5 days ago
13

Can you not just point them to the same user data folder? Unless you are playing multiple versions simultaneously;

ChrisMooUK
9 years ago
2 days ago
13
Premium

This method works perfectly for Mac. Although you have to go to Terminal, not Console. 

 

NikDut
12 years ago
1 day ago
1
By bartdude 06 November 2022 - 10:40 AM UTC 

Or cut and paste, as I do, then you've no need to delete.

 

Or just rename 2022 to 2023

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