Can anyone tell me an easy way to transfer my dashboard widgets from one OS X computer to another? If there was a way to keep their positioning/settings too that would be great.


Widgets are saved at /Library/Widgets/ and /Users/[user]/Library/Widgets/

If you copy /Users/[user]/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dashboard.plist that will copy your Dashboard configuration.

Each widget will have it's own configuration file in /Users/[user]/Library/Preferences/, for example widget-com.apple.widget.weather.plist

  • thanks for the work! I'll try copying those files/folders and see what happens – wajiw Feb 9 '11 at 16:53
  • still working on it. copying didn't work automatically but I haven't restarted yet. don't worry, I didn't forget :) – wajiw Feb 10 '11 at 16:44
  • @wajiw you can restart the Dock/Dashboard by killall -HUP Dock at a terminal – zevlag Feb 10 '11 at 18:04
  • nice, that works. I had to re-add the widgets but they were there and had the same prefs. thanks – wajiw Feb 10 '11 at 18:09

macOS does not have the /Users/[user]/Library/Widgets/ folder on a fresh install. Simply create the Widgets folder and place your widget file in it. Your widget will appear in the Dashboard.

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