How to Get the Current Directory in Python

One of the most important aspects of programming you must understand is your project directory. It gives you a better grasp of your files and lets you relate with them more easily—especially when you need to carry out actions like file linking, module import, directory switching, and much more.

Whether for urgent reasons or future needs, it’s a necessary aspect when executing Python projects as well.

So let’s highlight the techniques you can use to get your current Python directory, as well as some other possible tweaks you can apply to it generally.

Dealing With Python Directories

The methods that deal with the Python working directory are in its inbuilt os module and are the same for all OSes. Thus, it means you need to import that module before you can start executing commands that deal with your working directory.

How to Create, Import, and Reuse Your Own Module in PythonWe explain an important fundamental of code reusability in Python: modules.

However, just like any other Python line or block of code, these commands are written in a Python shell. Or a Python file if you’re using other code editors. And if you’re working from the command line, you need to enter the Python shell by typing python. That’s because the os methods are Python packages, and you can’t execute them directly from the CMD.

Get The Current Python Working Directory

You can get your current Python directory by using either the os.path or os.getcwd method. However, while os.getcwd, which is the more common method, only checks your current working directory, the os.path method can check both the current directory as well as the base path of your working directory.

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