I am a developer and I want to access the applications folder through terminal. After typing in cd Applications and then ls. It doesn't show any of the contents inside the folder. I also tried ls -a to confirm wether they are stored as hidden files. But it didn't show them. I want to know a command or method to view the contents of the Application folder through terminal.


The main Applications directory is in the root directory, so you need to type

cd /Applications
ls -1

to access it (the -1 option to ls will ensure that the applications are listed in a single column only).

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    There also can be an Applications directory in~, and this is what the OP changed directory into originally. – user3439894 Sep 23 at 8:45
  • Or just ls /Applications – Kevin Sep 23 at 17:16

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