If you are reading this article, you must be looking for a way to retrieve the full path of a file or a folder in Mac OS X. We will share two quick and convenient methods that you can follow to get the job done. In addition to the two methods that we discuss in this article, there is a third method available for you to get the job done as well. I will help you to copy the path of a file or a folder into the clipboard within a short period of time. 

As the first step, we will be using the Get Info Panel in order to retrieve the complete path of an item. Then we will be using another strategy to get the file or directory path. 

What exactly is the path of a file or a folder? 

As the first thing, it is important for you to understand what exactly the path of a folder or a file is. All the files and folders located inside your computer have their own unique addresses. This address points to the exact location, which it resides in the computer. For example, if a file named “Hello.txt” is there in your desktop, it would have the path as follows: 


When it comes to directories, you will be taking a look at the paths of entire folders. For example, the path of your Desktop would look like: 


To make sure that we are on the same page, you need to keep in mind that we are trying to get the path of a file or a folder copied into the clipboard. Then you will be able to go ahead and paste it anywhere else. Let’s see how we will be able to get the job done. 

Use the Get Info Window to copy the path 

The first method that you can use in order to figure out the path of a file or a directory is to use the Get Info Window in Mac OS X. This can be considered as the most convenient method available for you to get the path. You will be able to do it with minimum technical knowledge as well. That’s because you will have to go through a straightforward process to locate the path name.

To begin, you need to select the folder or the file in Mac OS X Finder. Then you need to select the Command button and i button in your keyboard. This will make you end up with the Get Info window. You can click and drag to “Where” section, so that you will be able to see the path. Then you can press Command and C buttons in the keyboard to copy the path of the file or folder into the clipboard. 

Alternatively, you will also be able to access the Get Info window in Mac OS X by right click and control click menus. This is a simple and an efficient trick to get your work done. 

Copy the path via Mac Terminal 

In the second method, we will show you how to copy the path via Mac Terminal. When you drag and drop anything into the Terminal of Mac OS X, you will be able to get the full path as the output. 

Therefore, you should launch the Mac OS X terminal. Then you can drag and drop any item into it via the Finder. Then you will be able to see the path of it instantly. You can select the path on the Terminal interface and copy that into the clipboard by usual means. However, this method requires you to open another app. You should attempt it only if you are ready. 

Creating a copy path service to Right Click menu 

If you come across the need to locate the path of a file or a folder frequently, you will be able to go ahead and create an automated service to get the job done in Mac OS X. Then you can easily access the folder or file path from the Right Click menu. This can be used anywhere when using Mac OS X. 

To begin, you will need to launch the automator. Then you can create a new service in it. Now you can locate the function, which indicates “Copy to Clipboard”. When you see that, you need to drag and drop into the right hand side of the panel. Now you can select “Service Receives Selected” into “Files or Folders”. As the last step, you can save the automated service and give it a meaningful name, such as “Copy Path”. 

Now you can go to anywhere in Finder and right click. You will be able to see the service “Copy Path”, which can help you to copy the path instantly. 


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