Emacs: Copy File Path of Current Buffer

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's a command to copy the file path of current buffer.

(defun xah-copy-file-path (&optional @dir-path-only-p)
  "Copy the current buffer's file path or dired path to `kill-ring'.
Result is full path.
If `universal-argument' is called first, copy only the dir path.

If in dired, copy the file/dir cursor is on, or marked files.

If a buffer is not file and not dired, copy value of `default-directory' (which is usually the “current” dir when that buffer was created)

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_copy_file_path.html'
Version 2017-09-01"
  (interactive "P")
  (let (($fpath
         (if (string-equal major-mode 'dired-mode)
             (progn
               (let (($result (mapconcat 'identity (dired-get-marked-files) "\n")))
                 (if (equal (length $result) 0)
                     (progn default-directory )
                   (progn $result))))
           (if (buffer-file-name)
               (buffer-file-name)
             (expand-file-name default-directory)))))
    (kill-new
     (if @dir-path-only-p
         (progn
           (message "Directory path copied: 「%s」" (file-name-directory $fpath))
           (file-name-directory $fpath))
       (progn
         (message "File path copied: 「%s」" $fpath)
         $fpath )))))

Be sure to give it a easy key. [see Emacs: How to Define Keys]

Current File Commands

  1. Open File Path Under Cursor
  2. Copy File Path of Current Buffer
  3. Run Current File
  4. Delete Current File
  5. Backup Current File
  6. Batch Convert Line Ending in Dired
  7. Open File in External App

Elisp Commands Do thing-at-point

  1. Count Words
  2. Run Current File
  3. Delete Current File
  4. Copy File Path
  5. Convert Line Ending
  6. Make Backup
  7. Copy Column of Text to Clipboard
  8. Convert Image File
  9. Dired Rename Space to Hyphen
  10. Python 2to3 Wrapper
  11. Move Code to Files
  12. Update Web Feed
  13. Updating Page Tags
  14. Single Key Copy/Paste Register

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