How to Find the Path of a File in Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Finding the Path of a File in Mac

When working with files on a Mac, it can sometimes be necessary to find the exact path of a file. Whether you need to reference it in a script, share it with someone else, or simply navigate to it quickly, knowing how to find the path of a file can be incredibly useful.

Method 1: Using Finder

The easiest way to find the path of a file in Mac is by using the Finder application. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock.
  2. Navigate to the location where your file is stored.
  3. Right-click on the file and select “Get Info” from the context menu.
  4. A new window will open, displaying detailed information about the file.
  5. Look for the “Where” section in this window. The path of the file will be displayed next to “Location”.

Method 2: Using Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal and want to find the path of a file through command-line interface, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Type “cd” (without quotes) followed by a space.
  3. Drag and drop your file into Terminal. The full path of the file will automatically appear after “cd”.
    • Note: You can also manually type out the path instead of dragging and dropping if you prefer.

Method 3: Using Spotlight Search

If you are not sure about where your file is located or can’t remember the exact location, you can use Spotlight Search to find it:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of your screen or press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search.
  2. Type in the name of your file in the search bar. As you start typing, Spotlight will display relevant results.
  3. Locate your file in the search results and hover over it with your mouse.
  4. A path tooltip will appear, displaying the full path of the file.


Finding the path of a file on a Mac is an essential skill that can come in handy for various tasks. Whether you choose to use Finder, Terminal, or Spotlight Search, knowing how to locate files quickly and efficiently can save you time and effort. Experiment with these methods and see which one works best for you!

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