It seems that by default there is no way to enter a whole path in the Finder, so instead one should traverse through all the tree to get somewhere deep in the filesystem. Is there anyway to overcome this problem? If there is no GUI for it in the Finder maybe launching it from the command line with the path? Something like:

$ finder /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/

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Finder has a menu item found under Go ("Go to Folder…") where you can type a full path.

The command+shift+G keyboard shortcut makes it handy to summon. This short cut works in the file open and save dialog as well.

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    Is there a way to click on the path in finder and insert the path string right there, as in Windows Explorer?
    – Meglio
    Apr 9, 2016 at 9:31
  • I'm not sure I follow what Finder would do to insert a string when you are clicking on an object. Perhaps opening a new question linking here for context might let you diagram the circumstances as you use them in Windows or the desired outcome in Finder, @Meglio
    – bmike
    Apr 9, 2016 at 14:48
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    Brilliant! You can summon it in the GUI of other applications when you want to "Open File".. Too bad this is a quick key and not built into the Finder. Fortunately G for go is easy to remember so maybe we are better off just remembering that.
    – user391339
    Jan 31, 2019 at 7:36
  • It's worth pointing out that the Go To Folder dialog in the Finder uses TAB auto-completion.
    – benwiggy
    Feb 20, 2020 at 20:08
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    Making it impossible to paste the path is extremely low usability for Power Users. And so much worse than Windows!
    – sophros
    Mar 6, 2020 at 6:31

The command line version would be:

open -R /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/

or just:

open /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/

depending on you want to go inside the folder or reveal the folder in finder.


Use Spotlight Search (which can be opened quickly with Command + Space or sometimes a dedicated key like 🔍). It has been around since Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger.

Just type or paste the full path into the Spotlight Search box. Even a partial folder and/or file name can also reveal the destination, albeit there might be a long list of matches to weed through.

  • Going to path using Spotlight is also cool! Thank you!
    – Player1
    Mar 2, 2021 at 16:52

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