How to get the home directory in Python
In this article, we will learn how to get the path of the home directory in Python. We will use two built-in functions to get the home directory.
The home directory contains multiple files for a given user of the system. Look at the two below scripts to get the home directory in Python. We will look at two different modules of Python such as the
os module and
Use os module to get the Home Directory
os module provides
os.path.expanduser('~') to get the home directory in Python. This also works if it is a part of a longer path like ~/Documents/my_folder/. If there is no
~ in the path, the function will return the path unchanged. This function is recommended because it works on both Unix and Windows. It returns the argument with an initial component of (tilt)
~user replaced by the user’s home address.
Use the pathlib module to get the Home Directory
The pathlib module provides
path.home() to get the home directory in Python. This function works fine if your Python version is Python 3.4+. It returns a new path object having the user’s home directory.
from pathlib import Path
In this article, we learned two different ways to get the home directory of a user's system in Python. One way was using
os.path.expanduser('~') and another way was
pathlib.Path.home(). Do check your script to avoid errors.