I am working on a project that stores output files in the Temp folder. In Windows I can search the Temp folder but I don't know the location of Temp folder in OS X.

Can you please guide me to the location of said folder?


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You can use: echo $TMPDIR.

To open and browse the folder, use open $TMPDIR.



/tmp is also a temporary directory. Files are deleted from /tmp upon reboot.
To access it from Finder, use Command-G (Shift-Command-G in Mavericks) and enter /tmp in the dialogue box. From a terminal, just cd /tmp.


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