cd command in Linux/Unix

cd is a Linux command to change the directory/folder of the terminal's shell.

You can press the tab button in order to auto complete the directory name.

cd syntax

$ cd [directory]

cd command examples

Change to home directory (determined by $HOME environment variable):

$ cd


Also change to home directory:

$ cd ~


Change to root directory:

$ cd /


Change to parent directory:

$ cd ..


Change to subdirectory Documents:

$ cd Documents


Change to subdirectory Documents/Books:

$ cd Documents/Books


Change to directory with absolute path /home/user/Desktop:

$ cd /home/user/Desktop


Change to directory name with white space - My Images:

$ cd My\ Images


$ cd "My Images"


$ cd 'My Images'


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