Home directory

Updated: 04/30/2020 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. With the home directory the user can store all their personal information, files, login scripts, and user information. With a Linux web server, the home directory is also where you'd find the public_html directory containing all files used for a website.

Tip

In many Linux operating systems, the command cd ~ (tilde) to get to your home directory. See the cd page for further information on the cd command.

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