Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

$ PATH vs. pwd

An expert describes the difference between two shell commands, $ PATH and pwd.

What is the difference between "$ PATH" and "pwd"?

PATH is an environment variable that is usually put in your .profile, which indicates the directories that the...

shell will search to find the command that you typed in. Here is what you would typically see:

$ echo $PATH 

The pwd (print-working-directory) command will display the output of your current working directory. It is a build-in command on many shells.

This was last published in May 2007

Dig Deeper on Linux servers



Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.