How to find and copy file paths on Mac

If you want to know the exact location of a file on your Mac, you need its file path. And you may want to copy the file path to your clipboard for later use as well. Luckily for you, we know how to do it.

In this guide, we’ll cover four easy ways to find and copy file paths on your Mac. With so many quick options to choose from, you’re sure to find the best method for you.

File path in Finder

One of the easiest ways to do it view the file path in Finder on your Mac. Along with that, we’ll show you how to use the context menu to copy the path.

Step 1: Open Finder on your Mac and navigate to the file or folder you want to view.

Step 2: To simply view the file path, select See > Show path bar in the menu bar.

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Step 3: You will then see the path display at the bottom of the Finder window.

Path Bar in Finder window on Mac.

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Step 4: To copy a file path, right-click the item in Finder to display the context menu.

Right click the context menu on Mac.

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Step 5: Stand Choice key when the context menu opens and select it Copy (name) as Path Name.

The file path is then in the clipboard for you to paste where you want.

Copy the Path Name in the context menu on Mac.

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File path in Get Info

Another convenient location to view and copy file paths is with the Get Info tool.

Step 1: Select the item on your desktop or in Finder.

Step 2: Press Reign + I or right click and select Get information.

Get Info in the context menu for a folder.

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Step 3: When the Get Info window opens, expand it General section above and you will see the file path next to it Where. Drag your cursor over the path to highlight it.

The path name next to Place in the Get Info window.

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Step 4: Press Reign + C to copy the path or right click and select Copy as Path Name.

Copy as Path Name in Get Info.

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Step 5: With the path in your clipboard, you can then paste it if needed. The path should be displayed correctly with arrows replaced with forward slashes.

The file path from Get Info is pasted into the Note.

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File path in Go To Folder

You might only think of opening the Go To Folder Finder tool when you need to navigate somewhere on your Mac. But this nifty tool can also provide the file path of an item.

Step 1: With Finder active, select it Go > Open the folder from the menu bar.

Open Folder in the Finder Go menu.

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Step 2: When the window opens, select it X on the right side of the Search bar to clear the field if necessary.

X in the Open Folder search bar.

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Step 3: Drag your files or folders to the Search bar at the top of the window. You’ll then see the path for the items in that field.

Dragging the folder to the Go To Folder window.

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Step 4: From there, select a path and use it Reign + C or right click and select Copy.

With the path in your clipboard, you can paste it wherever you like.

Copy the shortcut menu in Go To Folder.

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File path in Terminal

If you like using Terminal to perform actions on your Mac, you can also use this app to view and copy file paths.

Step 1: Open Terminal as usual or by going to Necessity folder and selecting the application.

Terminal in the MacOS Utilities folder.

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Step 2: When the Terminal window opens, drag your files or folders into it. You will then see the file path display in the window.

Dragging a folder into Drags a folder into a Terminal window.

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Step 3: Right click and select Copy to place the path in your clipboard and paste it if needed.

Copy in the Terminal shortcut menu.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the file path?

A file path is basically like a navigation guide to a file location on your computer. It literally tells you the path you should follow to find a file if you don’t already know where the file is. If a particular file is located inside a folder that is also inside another folder, the file path will list those folders in the order you must click to open the file.

How to copy file path on Mac?

There are various ways to find and copy file paths on Mac. You can find the file path via Finder, Get Info, Open Folder, or Terminal. The method for copying the file path once you find it may vary depending on which method you choose to find the file path. But if you need to know how to use any of the methods mentioned above, please check out our step-by-step guides for each. You can find it at the beginning of this article.

How to find file path in Windows 11?

In the Windows 11, you can right-click a file on the desktop or in File Explorer. Then in the menu that appears, you just have to choose Copy as path. This will place the full file path of the file in your Clipboard so you can paste it later.

If you just want to see the file path, you can simply right-click the file on the desktop or in File Explorer. Then from the menu that appears, you will select Property. In the Properties window that appears, you will see the file path next to the word Location.

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