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I was originally looking for my Google Chrome profile because something went wrong and I need to delete it. In the process I realized that I don't know where applications in general are putting this kind of stuff.

Where is the typical place to go looking?

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This kind of data is frequently stored in ~/Library/Application Support.

User-specific settings are frequently stored in ~/Library/Preferences

Your Chrome profile is located at ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default.

I recommend going on a little exploration of the ~/Library folder; there's a lot of useful stuff in there.

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Note that in Lion the ~/Library folder is hidden in the finder by default. You can still go there by using the "Go to folder" functionality. – XQYZ Oct 23 '11 at 16:58
Thanks XQYZ, I thought I was blind. – Louis Oct 23 '11 at 17:09

I had this happen and I fixed the problem by relogging in to Google Sync.

The profile file is stored in:

~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

Usually an application will install data in /Library/Preferences/ and/or ~/Library/Preferences/.

Data can also be placed after any of the following patterns:

/Library/Preferences/<application name>/

~/Library/Preferences/<application name>/

/Library/Application Support/<application name>/

~/Library/Application Support/<application name>/

/Library/<application name>/

~/Library/<application name/

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