Get the filepath of a File in Java

In this tutorial we are going to see how to get the absolute file path as well as the path of the parent directory of a specific file. This is very useful because it gives a generic way to get the absolute paths of files, independently of the operating system you use. Additionally, among many other uses cases, if you’ve already created a file and you want to create more you don’t have to write the absolute file path again and again.
Let’s see the code snippet that follows:



public class AbsoluteFilePathJava {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		String filepath ="C:\\Users\\nikos7\\Desktop\\files\\fpahtexample.txt";
		File file = new File(filepath);

		String absoluteFilePath = file.getAbsolutePath();
		System.out.println("Absolute File path : " + absoluteFilePath);

		String parentDir = absoluteFilePath.substring(0,

		System.out.println("Parent Directory path : " + parentDir);



Absolute File path : C:\Users\nikos7\Desktop\files\fpahtexample.txt
Parent Directory path : C:\Users\nikos7\Desktop\files

This was an example how how to get the absolute file path and the parent directory path of a File.

Nikos Maravitsas

Nikos has graduated from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During his studies he discovered his interests about software development and he has successfully completed numerous assignments in a variety of fields. Currently, his main interests are system’s security, parallel systems, artificial intelligence, operating systems, system programming, telecommunications, web applications, human – machine interaction and mobile development.
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