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?


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.


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


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? – Breako Breako Jul 19 '13 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. – Dave Nelson Jul 19 '13 at 21:06
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    @DaveNelson, This doesn't show the real full Unix path though – Pacerier Aug 22 '17 at 4:20

⌥ ⌘ c while file is highlighted.


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


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.

  • Ah, I missed that one :) – Dave Nelson Jul 19 '13 at 21:07
  • Nope, not anymore! – Naveen Gamage Sep 9 '17 at 20:52

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