I want to be able to launch a Terminal window using JiTouch, which allows me to make a gesture open a file, so I want to know the location of the Terminal app so that I can open it.


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Is this all you want?


  • Yeh, that is it. I just retried searching with spotlight and saw that it was actually finding it - it was just down the bottom!
    – Casebash
    Sep 24, 2010 at 5:58
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    A little bit of Spotlight cleverness allows you learn where an item is by Cmd-clicking or Cmd-<return>ing its entry in the Spotlight list. Instead of launching the item, it will open a finder window to the item's parent folder with the item highlighted. Besides showing you where that item resides, it lets you do lots of things to it - delete it, move it, or open it with a non-default application. My favorite, for a PDF or a spreadsheet, is to just touch <space> to open it with QuickView.
    – JRobert
    Sep 25, 2010 at 18:34
  • Or just hold the ⌘ key – try it! (:
    – SilverWolf
    Feb 1, 2018 at 16:57

In macOS 10.15 Catalina, I found it in:


This is how I found it:

  1. open Spotlight (Cmd+Space)
  2. type: Terminal (typing the full name ensures it's the first search result at the top)
  3. if not already selected, select (single-click) the Terminal.app found by Spotlight (should the first one in the list), after the app is selected, press the Cmd key, while holding that key the full path will be shown in the bottom-right corner of Spotlight
  4. alternatively continue with the following steps: hold the Cmd key, then hit the Enter key or double-click on the Terminal.app found by Spotlight
  5. that will open Finder and highlight Terminal.app
  6. if you drag Terminal.app into a text file, another terminal, or even a browser URL bar, it will show you the full path

(Funny enough, if you right-click and choose Get Info, it will show you as if it's actually just in /Applications/Utilities, e.g. without /System).

The difference between the two paths is significant when used in a shell or (I assume) programmatically, for example:

~ % file /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app: cannot open '/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app' (No such file or directory)
~ %
~ % file /System/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
/System/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app: directory
  • This is, strictly speaking, the correct answer - however the shorter form refers to this location so the difference is inconsequential for the purpose of locating the application.
    – Ezekiel
    Apr 30, 2021 at 15:34
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    It's not inconsequential in certain cases (which seem to apply to the OP), see latest edit I just did.
    – Kamal
    May 4, 2021 at 3:24

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