How to Use Custom Download and Install Directories With GOG Galaxy

GOG Galaxy is a new PC game distribution client similar to Steam, minus the negatives such as always online requirement and mandatory DRM. Its catalog includes new games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as well as classics such as Planescape: Torment and Ice Wind Dale.

Though GOG Galaxy is still in beta (final release features will include ability to rollback game updates and notifications) there are a few things you can still do to make the most of it.
This guide tells you how to manage your GOG game downloads and extras. It's a handy feature that lets you install games on a faster hard drive, or to keep all the installers on a different hard drive in the event of a hard drive crash, or if your usual location cannot take any more data.
  1. Download GOG Galaxy. Go to the GOG website and download the Beta.
  2. Install GOG Galaxy in a location of your choosing.
  3. Run the app. Click on the settings gear cog icon on the bottom left. This opens the settings menu.

  4. Under Folders, you can set where you want to install the games you download. Either click the box with three dots to browse for a directory, or manually type it in the box provided.
  5. In the Settings menu, tick the box that says Manage all folders manually.
  6. Now you can choose where to download your games and extras that come along with it. Either click the box with three dots to choose a directory or manually type it in the box provided.
From now on any game you buy on GOG Galaxy is installed at a location of your choice.