Where Does League of Legends Save Replays

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If you are an avid League player, you know how important it is to study your own games and those of your opponents to become a better player. 

However, if you have no idea how to access your replays or an epic League of Legends highlight, it will be difficult to do this as you need to watch them to see how you did and what to improve at. 

Luckily, the process is fairly simple and will not take long.

Keep reading to see everything you need to know about League of Legends replays!

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How to Download Match Replays

Downloading League of Legends replays is a quick and easy process that will only take a few moments. 

After you complete a match, a download button will be available to download the match you just played immediately. 

If you want to download old LoL replays, go to the Match History Screen tab, which you can find under the Profile section.

To the right of each game in your match history, you can click the download button to download the LoL gameplay video directly for you to watch. 

Once it has fully downloaded, the download button will become a play button, and you can watch your previous game directly in the client.

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Locating Your Replays

Once you have downloaded the replay video files, you probably wonder where to find them, as League does not immediately reveal the replays folder. 

League automatically saves its replays as .ROFL files. You can find them by going to League of Legends client settings (cog icon in the top right corner of the client). 

Once you have opened the settings, select “Replays” from the menu on the left-hand side.

The right-hand side will show where both your replays and highlights are saved when downloaded.

You can either navigate to that place on your computer hard drive or change the default folder entirely if you want League to save your gameplay videos elsewhere.

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How to open and share ROFL files

You can’t open ROFL files without an LoL account. However, if they have LoL installed, you can still share a game recording with a friend.

A nifty trick to quickly open replays is to place an LoL shortcut onto your desktop and then drag the ROFL file onto the shortcut. This will immediately open the replay.

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Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to your LoL game client folder. The default location is This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Riot Games > League of Legends > Game
  2. If you have the LoL Client already on your desktop, you can right-click on it and choose open file location. This is handy if you’ve saved LoL to another drive.
  3. Right-click on the League of Legends application and choose Create Shortcut
  4. Drag the shortcut to the Windows desktop
  5. Navigate to the folder with the LoL replay files. The default location is This PC > Documents > League of Legends > Replays
  6. Drag the ROFL file directly onto the shortcut, you’ve just created.

Now, you can send the ROFL file to your friends. If they create a shortcut and drag the file onto it, they can view your replay too.

Notice you need to both have the current patch to watch the replay.

Additional Methods to Record League of Legends games

Since League of Legends saves replays as .ROFL files, you cannot share them directly to social media sites.

This means you need a different method to record matches in another video format if you want to share them with your friends or fans. 

The best ways you can do this in three primary ways: streaming software like Twitch, taking a screen recording, or video editing software.

These can make a good alternative to League’s replay function and provide additional benefits like sharing.

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Screen Recordings

You can use any of the numerous screen recording software to capture gameplay.

Set up your video recorder option, enter a League of Legends match, and then the software will capture the match. 

If you use Nvidia GeForce Experience (requires an Nvidia GPU), hit Alt+F9 (default) to start recording and hit Alt+F9 (default) again to stop recording.

Where League saves the replay depends on the software you use.

If you cannot locate your file after capturing a replay, you should check the official documentation on the software’s website. 

Video Editing Software

Video editing software is best used for creating League of Legends highlights, short clips from a match that you can share online. 

They are typically great plays you make, special circumstances you want to show someone or just a moment you are proud of. 

If you decide to use a screen recorder for your League replays, you will want to have video editing software available to make highlights.

Here’s a list of free video editing software you can use for editing and sharing epic highlight moments.

I recommend exporting your LoL replay file in the open-source webm format. Webm is a container for the VP8, VP9, and AV1 codecs used by fx YouTube and is designed for modern browsers.

But MP4 is also fine and will be transcoded. Don’t export as ProRes, though, as it takes up a lot of storage space, and only a few video platforms support it (such as a paid Vimeo subscription).

Streaming 

Finally, streaming is another great way to record your matches, as most streaming software like Twitch Studio and OBS Studio allow you to save your recordings.

Normally, you will have to go into the streaming software settings to have your recordings saved, but once that is done, you will have an easy way to watch replays.

On top of that, streaming can be a great way to earn additional income and build a name for yourself in the gaming community. 

Conclusion

Knowing where your League of Legends replays are saved is important so you can go back and watch them after your matches to improve your gameplay.

If you found this article helpful, check out how to earn an S rank in League of Legends. Until next time, happy gaming!


FAQ

How Long Do Replays Last?

A league replay is available in-game until the next patch comes out. After that, replays from older patches can only be watched outside League’s client via an external video player, a Twitch stream, or something like that. 

Is the In-game Chat Included in Replays?

No, voice communication is not included in replays, meaning that whatever you say during a match will not show afterward in the replay. However, that is still not a reason to think you can be toxic toward teammates or opponents when playing. 

Can you Download Replays From Your Friends?

Yes, if you have a higher-ranked friend, or want to look at their replays to help them out, then you can go to their profile’s match history and download any replay you want. 


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