Is a user's downloads folder always called "Downloads" and located in the same path, or does its name and path change due to localization?

  • It kind of depends why you want it. It may not be set to the system default, as it is a user-modifiable parameter. Programatically, you'd need to be looking at NSURLs [which is off-topic here, I'm afraid]
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 28, 2018 at 7:47

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It changes according to localization, but just the name as all the default folders in OS X, the path is the same.

Macintosh HD/Users/user_name/Downloads


It does not change, and always exists by default. On-screen finder labels might be localised, but on the actual file system the name remains “Downloads”.

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