How can I access the absolute path of the directory containing the current script file in Python? For example, if my script is
/home/user/scripts/runner.py, I would like the output
import pathlib script_directory = pathlib.Path(__file__).parent.resolve() print(script_directory)
__file__ variable contains the absolute path of the currently executing script. Following the example above, this would be
/home/user/scripts/runner.py. Our code creates a
Path object from this value and accesses its
parent attribute – this will be the script’s containing directory. We then use the
resolve method to make it an absolute path.
The final call to
resolve() is technically only necessary in Python versions prior to 3.9. Before version 3.9, the
__file__ variable could contain either an absolute or relative path to the current script, depending on how it was called. Since 3.9,
__file__ will always return an absolute path.