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Copying the current directory's path to the clipboard

Is there a way to copy to clipboard the current directory I'm at? (I'm running ML).

EDIT: There is an option to simply drag the file/folder from Finder to the Terminal and it will automatically enter the path name.

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  • Is this in order to open the path in terminal? I have a more elegant solution if that is the case – Alexander Jul 28 '12 at 19:56
  • @XAleXOwnZX Yes, I would like to hear it then :) – Anonymous Jul 28 '12 at 19:59
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    Try Go2Shell to open the current Finder window in Terminal :) – Caesium Jul 28 '12 at 20:21
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    Also check out DTerm. – jtbandes Jul 28 '12 at 20:22
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    It automatically detects the current folder. You can just type a command and either press enter to run it, or command+enter to run it in Terminal. If you just press cmd+enter without typing a command it will open Terminal there. – jtbandes Jul 28 '12 at 21:55

I recommend DTerm, which gives you a hovering command prompt. It can automatically detect the current folder you're in (in Finder, or any document-based app). You can press return to run a command in the DTerm window, or +return to open a Terminal window.


There is a service to open a selected folder in terminal, which can be enabled from System preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services.enter image description here It can either be assigned a keyboard shortcut, or be launched from the services menu: enter image description here

  • That looks good however, after applying the change this option doesn't appear in Finder->Services->New Terminal At Folder – Anonymous Jul 28 '12 at 20:34
  • It opens the folder you have SELECTED. There are third party services people made with automator that open at the current location – Alexander Jul 28 '12 at 20:39

Copy the path of the folder shown on the title bar:

tell application "Finder"
    set the clipboard to POSIX path of (insertion location as alias)
end tell

Copy the paths of selected items:

set l to {}
tell application "Finder" to repeat with f in (get selection)
    set end of l to POSIX path of (f as alias)
end repeat
set text item delimiters to linefeed
set the clipboard to (l as text)

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