What is the correct cross-platform way to get the home directory in Python? What is the correct cross-platform way to get the home directory in Python? python python

What is the correct cross-platform way to get the home directory in Python?


You want to use os.path.expanduser.
This will ensure it works on all platforms:

from os.path import expanduserhome = expanduser("~")

If you're on Python 3.5+ you can use pathlib.Path.home():

from pathlib import Pathhome = str(Path.home())


I know this is an old thread, but I recently needed this for a large scale project (Python 3.8). It had to work on any mainstream OS, so therefore I went with the solution @Max wrote in the comments.

Code:

import osprint(os.path.expanduser("~"))

Output Windows:

PS C:\Python> & C:/Python38/python.exe c:/Python/test.pyC:\Users\mXXXXX

Output Linux (Ubuntu):

rxxx@xx:/mnt/c/Python$ python3 test.py/home/rxxx

I also tested it on Python 2.7.17 and that works too.


I found that pathlib module also supports this.

from pathlib import Path>>> Path.home()WindowsPath('C:/Users/XXX')


matomo