Every file on your Mac has a folder path that starts all the way from the root folder, but it’s not always easy to see what it is. Here are three ways to see the current folder path on your Mac.
See the path that the Finder status bar uses
You will immediately see a new path bar at the bottom of each search window. It will show you the system path to the current folder. You can double click on a folder in the bar to go there quickly.
You can also right-click a folder in the path bar to see a list of options. For example, if you want to copy the path to the selected folder, choose the option “Copy (folder) as path name”.
You can then paste the folder path as text wherever you want (for example, in a Terminal window or TextEdit).
It’s very useful.
See the path from the “Get Info” panel
You can also see the full path for each file or folder using the “Get Info” panel. Open Finder and locate the file or folder in question. Right-click on the item and choose “Get Info” from the menu.
In the “Get Info” pane, locate the “General” section and look at the “Where” heading. This will give you the full path.
You can also right-click the path in the “Where” section and choose “Copy” to quickly copy the entire folder path as text to your clipboard.
When you are done, close the “Get Info” window.
See the path in the title bar of the Finder
If you don’t like the path bar at the bottom of the Finder window, you can enable full path display in the title bar and tab bar of any Finder window with an advanced Terminal command. In macOS 11.0 and later, the title bar truncates the full path, but you can hover over it to see the full path.
Open the Terminal app to get started. In the Terminal window that appears, click and paste the following command, followed by Return. (This will set a hidden system flag, close and restart all Finder windows. You will not lose any data in the process.)
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool true; killall Finder
Once the Finder windows have restarted, you will see the full path of the folder in the title and tab bar.
Unlike the path bar, this function is only visible. You cannot copy the folder path.
If you change your mind and want to disable the folder path feature, paste the following command into the Terminal app and hit return.
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool false; killall Finder
The Finder toolbar is back as it was. When you’re done using the Terminal window, select Terminal> Exit Terminal from the menu bar (or press Command + Q) to exit the Terminal app.
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