Displaying the full path in the macOS Finder provides users a quick overview of the exact location of their files and folders. By default, the macOS Finder only shows the current directory's name in the title bar. However, with a couple of adjustments, it's possible to display the complete path.

Knowing the full path can be particularly helpful when working with multiple nested folders, as it provides clarity about the current folder's hierarchy and position within the system.

For users coming from other operating systems like Windows or Linux, where file managers often display the full path by default, this tweak makes the transition smoother and aligns with their familiarity.

Steps to show full path in macOS Finder:

  1. Open Terminal from the Utilities folder.
  2. Enter the following command to enable the path display.
    $ defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

    This command tweaks Finder's settings to display the full path in the title bar.

  3. Restart the Finder for the changes to take effect.
    $ killall Finder

    This command will relaunch the Finder, and you'll now see the full path in the title bar.

  4. Now, when you navigate using Finder, the title bar will display the full path of your current location.
  5. To revert the changes and hide the full path, run the command:
    $ defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool NO

    and then restart the Finder again with

    $ killall Finder
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