How to Find Path of a File on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to find the path of a file on Mac. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Mac user, knowing the path of a file can be extremely beneficial for various tasks such as troubleshooting, referencing, or accessing files directly through the command line. In this article, we will explore different methods to find the path of a file on your Mac.

Using Finder

The easiest way to find the path of a file on Mac is by using Finder, the default file manager. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon located in your Dock.
  2. Navigate to the file: Use the sidebar or browse through your folders until you locate the desired file.
  3. Right-click on the file: Control-click or right-click on the file’s icon.
  4. Select “Get Info”: From the contextual menu that appears, choose “Get Info”.
  5. Find the path: In the information window that opens, you will see the “Where” section. The path to your file will be displayed here.

Using Terminal

If you prefer using command line interfaces or need to find paths for multiple files quickly, Terminal is your best friend. Here’s how you can find a file’s path using Terminal:

  1. Open Terminal: Launch Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Type “cd” and space in Terminal: This command allows you to change directories within Terminal.
  3. Navigate to folder containing the file: Type “cd ” (without quotes) followed by the folder path where your file is located. Press Enter.
  4. Type “pwd” and press Enter: The “pwd” command stands for “print working directory” and it will display the full path to your current directory.
  5. Find the path of the file: Use the “ls” command followed by the filename to list all files in the current directory. Locate your file and note down its path.

Using Spotlight Search

If you have a rough idea about the name of the file but can’t remember its exact location, Spotlight Search can help you locate it quickly. Here’s how:

  1. Open Spotlight Search: Press Command + Spacebar or click on the magnifying glass icon in your menu bar.
  2. Type your file name: Enter the name of the file you are looking for in the search bar.
  3. View search results: Spotlight will display a list of files that match your search query. Locate your desired file.
  4. Show in Finder: Select your file from the search results, then press Command + Enter to open its location directly in Finder.
  5. Note down the path: In Finder, right-click on your file, select “Get Info”, and find its path under the “Where” section as mentioned earlier.

Congratulations! You have now learned multiple ways to find paths of files on Mac using Finder, Terminal, and Spotlight Search. Depending on your preference and requirements, choose one that suits you best and start exploring!

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