I look for a file in finder, finder finds it. But, I'd like to find it's full path. How do I do that?

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    Yeah, it shouldn't be this complicated. Apple loves to hide things from us so that we are more dependent on their gadgets. For another example, see how difficult it is to actually see someone's phone number when you or they call.
    – JL Peyret
    Jul 1, 2022 at 16:05

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You can also enter the following in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES
killall Finder

This will display the full path in the titlebar.


to turn it back off change the -bool YES to NO

Or if you want to copy the text of the path you can drag the file into Terminal.

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    Thanks. This is exactly the kind of thing that should be an option in the "Show View Options" dialog or finder preferences.
    – John
    Oct 21, 2021 at 15:41
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    How can I copy the path?
    – GoingMyWay
    Nov 4, 2021 at 1:53

c while file is highlighted to copy its path to the macOS clipboard.


Easier than all of these by a long shot, IMO.

  • that's a nice extra to know, but you forgot to mention that this only copies it to the macos clipboard Dec 7, 2021 at 9:24

There are a few ways:

  • Right-click the folder name in the top of the window

    Finder Window Path

  • In the Finder choose "View > Show Path Bar"

    Finder Path Bar

  • Use Go2Shell to open a terminal window at that location

  • I cannot see the View option, I have no menu bar. Any help? Jul 19, 2013 at 13:01
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    The menu bar I am referring to is at the top of the screen. It begins with the Apple icon, then Finder, File, Edit, View, Go, Window, and Help. If that menu bar is not visible you have much larger problems. Jul 19, 2013 at 21:06
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    @DaveNelson, This doesn't show the real full Unix path though
    – Pacerier
    Aug 22, 2017 at 4:20
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    This even works in 2023, 10 years later. Awesome :) Jan 16 at 21:19

Command-C on the file to copy, and Command-V on the command line in Terminal. Or drag the file to the Terminal window

  • I use drag all the time, didn't know pasting actually pasted the path in Terminal, thanks!
    – v01pe
    Sep 12, 2020 at 8:53
  • this only got me the file name, not the path.
    – JL Peyret
    Jul 1, 2022 at 16:07

In Finder...

  1. Select a file
  2. Choose "View > Show Path Bar"
  3. Right-click the Path Bar file name (or file icon)
  4. Select "Copy as Pathname"
  5. Paste the Pathname where you desire

right click on the path bar file name

  • just want to add that at least in recent versions of macOS (tried in Big Sur >11.6) there is a shortcut for this and is the nicest way to get the path: ⌥ ⌘ P Dec 7, 2021 at 9:27

You can right click on it and select "get info" and it should be written in the window that will pop the full path of the folder.


Install the FinderPath app


It shows the full address when you click the title in Finder

Works just like Windows

Still works on MacOS 13.1

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Right click the file and press info. Then you will get the file path infront of where.

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  • We are looking for answers which stand for their own and don't send people off-site for essential details. Also, did you read the other answers, especially apple.stackexchange.com/a/96742/9058?
    – nohillside
    Oct 8, 2020 at 13:19

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