Error: godot failed to copy export template

What's Causing This Error

This error typically occurs during the export process in Godot Engine when there is an issue with accessing or modifying the export templates. The causes can include:

  • Missing Export Templates: The export templates for the platform you are trying to export to have not been installed.
  • Incorrect Version: The version of the export templates does not match the version of Godot Engine you are using.
  • File System Permissions: Godot may not have the necessary permissions to read from or write to the directory where the export templates are stored.
  • Corrupted Templates: The export templates could be corrupted or incomplete due to a failed download or copy operation.
  • Antivirus Interference: Occasionally, antivirus software might block Godot from copying files, mistaking it for malicious behavior.

Solution - Here's How To Resolve It

To resolve the 'godot failed to copy export template' error, follow these steps:

  • Install Export Templates: Ensure that you have the export templates installed for the target platform. You can install them via the Godot editor by going to the "Editor" menu, selecting "Manage Export Templates", and then downloading the templates.

  • Match Versions: Check that the export templates match the version of Godot you are using. Each major version of Godot requires the corresponding version of the export templates.

  • Check Permissions: Make sure that Godot has the required permissions to access the folders in question. On Windows, this might involve running Godot as an administrator, while on macOS and Linux, it might involve checking the owner and group permissions of the directory.

  • Redownload Templates: If the export templates are corrupted or incomplete, try redownloading them from the official Godot website or through the editor itself as mentioned above.

  • Configure Antivirus: Add an exception for Godot in your antivirus software to prevent it from blocking the engine's operations.

  • Manual Copy: In extreme cases, you can manually copy the export templates into the correct location. They are usually found in ~/.local/share/godot/templates/ on Unix-like systems, C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Godot\templates\ on Windows, or ~/Library/Application Support/Godot/templates/ on macOS.

If none of these solutions work, consider seeking support from the Godot community forums or submitting an issue on the Godot GitHub repository in case it's a bug with the engine itself.

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