Home directory

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A home directory is the directory or folder commonly given to a user on a network or Unix or Linux variant operating system. This directory is where the user stores all of his or her personal information and files as well as log in scripts and user information. For users more familiar with Microsoft Windows, this directory is similar to the My Documents folder.

Tip: In a Linux command line typing in cd ~ returns you to your home directory. See the cd page for further information on the cd command.

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