Let's say I have a path to a folder in a text document or in the clipboard, for example:


How can I quickly open this folder in Mac OS X? In Windows I could open the Run-dialog, paste the path into the input box and the folder would open.

Is there a similar way in Mac OS X?

3 Answers 3


Yes, there are. If you are already in Finder you can use one of them:

  1. In the Go menu, choose Go to Folder… option
  2. Press + + G

If you want to do it from Dock - press and hold left mouse on Finder icon and choose Go to Folder….

Just paste in modal window your path and press Enter

It will throw an error if the folder does not exist, or the path points to a file. Note also that it opens in your current window, so if you want to Go in a new window you will have to open that window first.

  • 2
    It would also be interesting to know why Apple thought it was a good idea to make it so obscure that folks would need to Google the answer. Just make the root directory a favorite et viola' problem solved. Nope. :(
    – Bruce
    Dec 29, 2020 at 15:54
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    Option 2) for ordinary guys: Ctrl + Command + G
    – gargii
    May 6, 2021 at 13:51
  • I'm going to write this on a post-it. I use this just infrequently enough I forget it
    – user4774
    Jul 18 at 5:01

If you are working at the command line try

$ open <path>

with the bonus that it also opens files in the default application that is set for them.


If it is a network path, go to finder and click CMD + K then type smb://servername/drive/file

  • 2
    A bit late to comment, but the smb:// made all the difference!
    – jackJoe
    Jul 15, 2013 at 16:21

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