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Change directories – Terminal


To change directories in your terminal, enter the following command:

cd folder-name/


The above command will move you into the specified directory if it exists in the current directory.

If you need to change into a directory that’s not inside your current directory, you’ll have to use some shortcuts.

To move into a folder relative to the user directory, you would use the ~ character:

cd ~/Documents/

cd ~/Desktop/Projects/

You can also use two periods (..) to move up a folder first, then specify a path:

cd ../Projects/Web/


Try the following command in your project folder:

cd subfolder


Command Line Primer on the Apple Developer Archive (see the sections called Specifying Files and Directories and Frequently Used Commands)

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