Drag & Drop Finder Items into the Terminal to Automatically Type their Full Path

Mar 2, 2011 - 8 Comments


You can instantly print an items full path in the Terminal by dragging and dropping any Finder item into a Terminal window.

In the screenshot above, I have dragged Quartz Composer into a Terminal tab while nano was open. The full path is then typed out automatically, as shown in the screenshot below:


The next time you’re in the Finder and want to access a file or directory within the terminal, try this out, I find it’s quicker than using tab completion for deeply buried files.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Command Line, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. michael says:

    nice trick

  2. DD says:

    wow, what a kewl trick! leave it to Apple…

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