Is there a way for me to give my iCloud directory a "nickname" in the Terminal, that way I don't have to see "~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs" in front of each line, but rather, can just see "iCloud" and know I'm in said directory?

  • can't you do a link? – Natsfan Oct 31 '17 at 21:15

How about creating a symbolic link to that directory on your Desktop or in another easily accessible directory?

ln -s ~/"Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs" ~/Desktop/iCloud

Note that you need to have the ~/ outside of the double quotes in order for the link to correctly resolve to your home directory, otherwise it will try to link to the literal directory ~ which of course won't exist.


Generic unix-y answer is to create a soft link:

cd ~
ln -s "Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs" myShortName

Now you can:

cd ~/myShortName/


  • The new name will also appear in the finder.
  • if you cd -P ~/myShortName or use pwd -P in that directory, you will see the full ...~CloudDocs path
    • For more about this see the "SHELL BUILTIN COMMANDS" section of man bash

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