How to Copy File Path on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling to find the file path on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily copy a file path on your Mac using a few simple steps.

What is a File Path?

Before we dive into the process, let’s quickly understand what a file path is. A file path is the unique address that identifies the location of a file or folder on your computer. It includes all the directories and subdirectories that lead to the file or folder.

Method 1: Using Finder

The easiest way to copy a file path on Mac is by using Finder, which is the default file manager for macOS. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Step 1: Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock or by pressing Command + Space and typing “Finder” in Spotlight.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the file or folder whose path you want to copy.
  • Step 3: Right-click (or Control-click) on the file or folder and select “Get Info” from the context menu.
  • Step 4: In the Get Info window that appears, locate and highlight the text next to “Where:” under the General section. This text represents the file path.
  • Step 5: To copy the file path, press Command + C or right-click (or Control-click) and select “Copy”.


If you want to copy only the parent folder’s name instead of the complete path, simply click once on the folder name in the Get Info window to select it, and then copy it using the same methods mentioned above.

Method 2: Using Terminal

If you are comfortable using the Terminal app on your Mac, you can also copy a file path using command-line commands. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Launch Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the directory where your file or folder is located. You can use the “cd” command followed by the directory path to move to a specific location.
  • Step 3: Once you are in the desired directory, type “pwd” (which stands for “print working directory”) and press Enter. The full file path will be displayed in the Terminal window.
  • Step 4: To copy the file path, select it with your mouse cursor and press Command + C or right-click (or Control-click) and select “Copy”.


You have successfully learned two methods to copy a file path on your Mac. Whether you prefer using Finder or Terminal, now you can easily obtain file paths whenever needed. This knowledge will be particularly useful when troubleshooting or sharing files with others.

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