How to Get the Path of a File in Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling to find the path of a file on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to easily locate the path of any file on your Mac. So let’s get started!

Using Finder

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

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon located in your dock or press Command + Space and type “Finder” in the Spotlight search.
  2. Navigate to the file: Use the sidebar or browse through folders until you find the desired file.
  3. Right-click on the file: Once you have located the file, right-click (or Control + click) on it to open a context menu.
  4. Select “Get Info”: From the context menu, choose “Get Info.” Alternatively, you can also press Command + I as a shortcut.
  5. View file path: In the information window that opens up, you will see a section labeled “Where:” followed by the path of the file.

Using Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal and navigating through your Mac’s filesystem in a command-line interface, here’s how you can find the path of a file:

  1. Open Terminal: Click on Launchpad in your dock and type “Terminal” in the search bar. Press Enter to open Terminal.
  2. Navigate to the directory: Use commands like “cd” (change directory) and “ls” (list directory contents) to navigate to the directory where the file is located.
  3. Enter command: Once you are in the correct directory, type “pwd” (print working directory) and press Enter.
  4. View file path: Terminal will display the full path of your current directory, including the file you are looking for.

Using Spotlight

Spotlight is a powerful search tool on your Mac that can also help you find the path of a file. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open Spotlight: Press Command + Space to open Spotlight.
  2. Type file name: Start typing the name of the file you are looking for in the search bar.
  3. Select “Show all in Finder”: From the search results, locate your file and right-click on it. Choose “Show all in Finder” from the options.
  4. View file path: The Finder window will open with the selected file highlighted. You can now see the full path of the file in the title bar of the Finder window.


Keep in mind that if you have multiple files with similar names, make sure to choose the correct one from your search results or Finder window.

Using any of these methods, you can easily find and copy the path of a file on your Mac. This information can be useful when troubleshooting issues, referencing files in scripts, or sharing specific locations with others.

Now go ahead and try out these methods to quickly get the path of any file on your Mac! Happy exploring!

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