Recover Dreamweaver Site Definitions

Last night I had an “oops” moment. I was running way too many programs at once, watching a movie, and I decided it would be a good idea to transfer a bunch a files all at the same time. My Mac had a different opinion about that and froze up on me.

I didn’t think it was an issue at first. I restarted my computer and everything worked great.

[bctt tweet=”Then I opened up Dreamweaver and all my site definitions were gone. Bummer!! 🙁 “]

Thankfully there is a quick fix for this. As long as you backup your Mac or use restore points on a Windows machine you are saved.

This is what you need to do:


On a Windows machine the site definitions for Dreamweaver CS6 are stored in the Windows Registry at: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Common\12.0\Sites

The file we are looking for is the Site Prefs text file.

So if you have a backup than that is probably your best route. Just go get the file from your external hard drive and replace it with the previous version. Or use a previous restore point and that should fix it as well.

Here’s a page on how to use restore points:

Make sure to backup before using this feature.


On a Mac OSX Machine the file you are looking for is at: Macintosh HD:username:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Common:12.0:Sites:Site Prefs

In recent versions of Mac OS X, the Library folder is hidden. In the Mac Finder, select Go > Go to Folder, type ~/Library in the search field, and click Go.

Once you find the correct folder hit time machine and recover the Dreamweaver file. Just replace the new Site Prefs file with the old one.

If you don’t use Time Machine or some another incremental backup with your Mac then you are out of luck. 😯

If this is the case I would suggest you go out and buy an external hard drive and get Time Machine setup ASAP.

I hope this helps.



  • Will

    Awesome! When I upgraded from CS6 to CC, Dreamweaver lost all my sites. I was mortified and Adobe only said I should have exported and then imported each site individually. You saved me tons of work!

    • Shawn Hayes

      I am glad I was able to help. Hopefully you got everything up and running again.

  • Ayon

    I had to change my hard drive because it would not boot properly, but I was able to access it. So, I was also able to copy all the web folders across. However, I could not get Dreamweaver to pull up the sites.
    Lucky for me I had backed the older version of the site. So I followed the Registry key you listed above to find all the settings. I was able to duplicate and point the registration to the new web’s folder. That works well.
    Thank you.

  • Paul Liles

    Tought I was on the right track but alas, I cannot find the missing .ste files.

    I have no path to: Macintosh HD:username:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Common <— No Common in my directory

    Using Dreamweaver CC June 2017?

    • Shawn Hayes

      I am still using CS6. I am no help to you. Sorry about that!!

  • Lynn in Atlanta, GA

    Any clues on how to find site files for Dreamweaver 4.0? Mysterious crash has eaten half my computer!

    • Shawn Hayes

      I apologize, I stopped using dreamweaver a while back. Good luck with your search.

  • tim

    superb! this works even now to this date – thanks!

    • Shawn Hayes

      I am glad this helped!


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