How to Get Path of a File in Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to get the path of a file in Mac. Knowing the file path can be useful for various purposes, such as troubleshooting issues, referencing files in scripts, or simply understanding where a file is located on your computer.

Method 1: Using Finder

The easiest way to get the path of a file is by using Finder:

  • Step 1: Open Finder and navigate to the location where the file is located.
  • Step 2: Right-click on the file and select “Get Info” from the context menu.
  • Step 3: In the Info window that appears, you will see a section called “General”. The file path is displayed next to “Where”.

Note: You can also select the file and press Command + I as a shortcut to open the Info window.

Example

/Users/YourUsername/Documents/example.txt

Method 2: Using Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal or need to get the file path through command-line operations, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open Terminal from Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the location where the file is located using the cd command. For example, if your file is in Documents folder: cd Documents.
  • Step 3: Once you are in the correct directory, use the PWD command. This will display the current working directory, which is the file path.

Method 3: Using Drag and Drop

If you have the file open or displayed in a program, you can simply drag and drop the file icon into Terminal to get its path:

  • Step 1: Open Terminal.
  • Step 2: Locate the file in Finder.
  • Step 3: Click and hold the file icon, then drag it onto the Terminal window.
  • Step 4: The full file path will be automatically inserted into Terminal.

Congratulations! You now know how to get the path of a file in Mac using different methods.

Whether you prefer using Finder, Terminal, or drag and drop, you have multiple options to choose from depending on your workflow and preferences. Use this knowledge to your advantage whenever you need to locate or reference files on your Mac.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know!

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