How to Show the Path of Files in Finder on Mac

by John Anderson November 30, 2019

When we are browsing our files or doing any search using Spotlight, provided by Apple, it is very common not to know the exact location or path of the folder or file that interests us. There are different ways to show the full path bar in the finder window. Please follow the instructions below.

How to show the path of files in Finder on Mac


Step 1: Start Terminal on your Mac.

Step 2: Paste the following command in the Terminal window and press enter or return:

default write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES; killall Finder

After this, the Finder will restart and will display the long pathname to the current location of a folder.The restart is necessary for the changes to take effect.

Now, when examining files and folders in the Finder, you will notice that the full path is shown in the window’s title bar, as shown in the screenshot above.


Alternative Ways:

If you are a Mac user then you have definitely seen the Get info option which appears when you right click on a file.

After clicking into the Get info option a box will appear there you will find the all details of the file inlcluding file size, file name, and file path.

Please take a look to the image below:




Another way to show the complete path at the top of the Finder window is, replacing the name of the folder where we are for the entire route. To do this we must execute the following terminal command.

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

Then restart the Finder with the command killall Finder. If you want to return to the previous place replace the YES with NO. And restart Finder again.


Is there any easy way to show the path of files in Finder on Mac?

  • Open the Finder
  • From the Finder menu, click on View
  • After this, Click on Show Path Bar


Enable Show File Path in Finder on Mac

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