When I try to get the path of a file using ⌘ (Command)+I, it gives the path in a different way.

I see this only after updating to Yosemite. It is not a text. How do I get it in the format /Users/Myself/Documents/…?


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Just select the file itself in Finder and press CmdC or go to Edit » Copy. You can then paste the path directly to a terminal window.

Note that this will escape special characters.

If you want the path in human-readable form, you need to do the following:

  • Open Utilities/Automator.app
  • Create a new Service
  • Set it to receive no input from Finder.app
  • Drag Run AppleScript from the left pane to the right
  • Paste the following into the field:

    tell application "Finder"
        set sel to the selection as text
        set the clipboard to POSIX path of sel
    end tell
  • It should look like this:

  • Save the service under any name you like, e.g. Copy human-readable path.

This is part one. Now, set a keyboard shortcut:

  • Head to  » System Preferences » Keyboard » Shortcuts
  • Go to the Services section and scroll down
  • Set a keyboard shortcut for your service

Et voilà, now press that shorcut when you need the path of any selected Finder item.

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    thank you man. I think it's unacceptable (especially by apple) that someone like me has to waste time to find out a way to copy a file path in 2014!!!
    – Apperside
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 9:17
  • This is very helpful! However how do i get it to appear in my shortcuts list as its not there. (saved it as a service). Does it need to be in a particular location?
    – v3nt
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 8:29
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    @danielCrabbe It should be saved in ~/Library/Services, I think. FastScripts may help you if the default shortcut preferences do not work.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 9:29
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    I wish this worked for pasting into Finder's Go to Folder… (command-shift-g).
    – 2540625
    Commented Jan 7, 2015 at 18:10
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    I made a better Automator workflow, which does accept input from Finder and therefore will properly be available/unavailable depending on what you're doing in Finder: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/147461/screenshots/… Commented Jun 21, 2015 at 6:58

Open up the “Terminal” in Applications > Utilities > Terminal and then drag the file into the window. The full Unix path of the file will show up.

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    I already mentioned that in my answer. The problem is that the OP doesn't want an escaped path, I guess.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 16:34
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    Yeah, it's a little inconvenient. I don't use this Mac for "production" anymore, but I keep discovering minor changes that makes it feel like I should've stayed with 10.9 for a little longer.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 16:37

Right-click (or control-click) on the file icon, then hold down the option key. In the pop-up menu that appears there will be a "Copy "filename" as Pathname" menu item. That menu item will put the POSIX path to the item on the clipboard.

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    According to osxdaily.com/2015/11/05/… This became available with version OS X 10.11
    – TecBrat
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 19:18
  • @TecBrat Yeah, this might not be in Yosemite, but it is available now.
    – ThomasW
    Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 4:24

Drag the file into textEdit to get the path.

Dragging the file into Terminal will replace spaces or special characters in the file name with backslashes.

  • Can you explain what you mean by "random forward slashes"? When you drag the file to a Terminal window, and the file has spaces in it (or other special characters), those will be escaped for the shell with backslashes, e.g. foo bar will be converted to foo\ bar.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 15:55

Navigate to the file. Copy the file (Cmd+C). Open TextEdit or Notes. Paste (Cmd+V).


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    This does not copy the path, but just the filename. The application that you paste to implements this behavior, and only Terminal seems to paste the full path (escaped though).
    – slhck
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 17:30

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