New Mac extension simplifies opening and switching Terminal to the current folder

By , May 18, 2016

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A new OS X extension from Hasbrang Productions, the prominent jailbreak community development team, makes it easy to open and switch a new Terminal window to the current working directory, right from the Finder’s contextual menu.

Available at no charge on the Mac App Store, the aptly named TermHere installs itself as a Finder file extension, readily accessible from the right-click menu. It works as advertised and is pretty convenient, more so if you use Terminal frequently.

Installing TermHere

After downloading the app from the Mac App Store, make sure that TermHere is enabled in the Extensions preferences: go to System Preferences → Extensions, click Finder in the lefthand column and then tick the checkbox next to “TermHere Finder Extension”.

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Convenient Terminal shortcut

You can now navigate to any folder in the Finder and quickly open a new Terminal window with the working directory automatically set to that folder: just right-click inside the current Finder window, then select New Terminal Here from the contextual menu.

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You can also select a folder in the Finder and then right-click. Either way, a Terminal window opens with the working directory set to the selected folder. The extensions is available even if you right-click the files inside an app bundle or other Finder bundles.

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If you select multiple directories, each one will be opened in its own tab. If you select one or more files, the directory that contains the item(s) will be used instead.

It’s a pretty straightforward app that will save you some typing in Terminal, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s provided at no charge. Developers in particular will find that jumping from a Finder window to a Terminal window in the same directory is a breeze with TermHere.

Or use Terminal’s drag and drop

Changing the working directory of a Terminal window can be manually accomplished by typing the “cd ” command (with the space included) and then dropping any folder on the Finder window, which’ll automatically add the full file path to the command.

Wrapping it up

If you don’t use Terminal, you can set TermHere to use any other command-line app on your computer, like iTerm2. Some apps like Cathode and MacTerm do not support being opened by other apps and as such won’t work with TermHere.

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Pricing and availability

TermHere requires an Intel-based Mac with a 64-bit Intel processor and OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later. The app is currently English-only.

Download TermHere at no charge from the Mac App Store.

To acknowledge the developer’s work, you can say thanks by sending a one-time $4.99 donation to them through the In-App Purchase mechanism.

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  • Sachka

    can it open the current folder without needing to go one folder back to rick click it?