How to get your settings back after JetBrains Rider upgrade to 2024.1

After upgrading to Rider 2024.1, some of your custom settings may be gone. This post explains how to get them back.

If you've just updated to Rider 2024.1, you may notice that many of your custom settings are gone. According to YouTrack, that's a bug.

Here are two ways to get your settings back.

1 - Settings Sync

If you have Settings Sync enabled, do the following:

  1. Open up any project or create a new one.
  2. Invoke Search Anywhere (double shift).
  3. Search for "Settings Sync History".
  4. In the list that opens to the left of your IDE select the latest setting that is not from RD-241, in my case it's RD-233 (which was Rider 2023.3.4).
  5. Click the little arrow on the right side.
  6. Rider will pop up a little notification on the bottom right asking you to restart: Do that, your settings will be back!
Settings history entry

2 - No Settings Sync

If you don't have settings sync enabled, you can also get it back by copying over the old settings file.

  1. Close Rider.
  2. Find your old Rider's settings directory (e.g. with Rider 2023.3 here, just look in the parent folder for all of your old versions):
    1. macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/Rider2023.3.
    2. Windows: %appdata%\JetBrains\Rider2023.3.
  3. Within this folder open the folder resharper-host.
  4. Copy the file GlobalSettingsStorage.DotSettings.
  5. Paste the file to the Rider2024.1/resharper-host folder, overwriting the existing file.
  6. Start Rider again, your settings are back!