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Cattleya
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Question about App\AppInfo and App\DefaultData Folder

Like topic name, is it important ? Can I delete it ?

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Depends

Generally, everything that is inside the /app folder shouldnt be touched!
/app/appdata needs to be there for the updater to work and, in some newer apps, for the whole thing to actually work.
/app/DefaultData is normally only needed on first run but sometimes its good to have it if you want to start over clean by deleting the /Data folder.

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Why would you want to delete these folders?

On most of the apps, these make up only a couple hundred KB at most; for a few more complex ones (GIMP especially) it might be 50 MB. So space is not an issue.
Best to leave APP and all of its subfolders alone.

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Not space reason, I want to

Not space reason, I want to delete these folders just by reducing clutter(easy to manage FirefoxPortalbe folder) and I thought these folders are unnecessary before. But now I think no needed to delete anymore.

Thank all for reply!

P/s: I also found full information about Portableapps struture here: https://portableapps.com/development/portableapps.com_format

Incl information of these two folder.

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Needed For

You should not delete them. They are used by the platform to understand what the app is and how to display it (App\AppInfo directory). If the app uses the PA.c Launcher, then it won't run without that folder as it contains the information on how the app is portable (App\AppInfo\Launcher directory). If the app is reset by deleting the Data directory, it needs the defaults again (App\DefaultData directory). And when you upgrade to a new version, it needs the AppInfo to understand what version and install type the old version is.

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Thank you so much, I

Thank you so much, I completely understand.

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