Create Symbolic Link

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PNW, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. PNW macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    Is it possible to create a symbolic link to a folder on my HD with Finder, or do I have to open a terminal?

    Sorry for what strikes me as a fairly dumb question but I can't seem to figure this out and I can't believe it's not possible. Perhaps I've just been spending too much time on my linux box where when I drag and drop I'm prompted to move, copy or link.

  2. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I don't think you can create symlinks in Finder. You can create an Alias but that's not the same at all.

    However you can drag a file onto a terminal window and it will put the full path for the file into the terminal window.
  3. PNW thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    Thanks, I was definitely vapor-locking on the syntax (though "alias" makes more sense to me than "shortcut"). What exactly is an alias if it's not a symlink, and are there drawbacks to one over the other?

    Also many thanks for the drag into terminal tip, that's slick.

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