Python | os.path.realpath() method

OS module in Python provides functions for interacting with the operating system. OS comes under Python’s standard utility modules. This module provides a portable way of using operating system dependent functionality. os.path module is sub module of OS module in Python used for common path name manipulation.

os.path.realpath() method in Python is used to get the canonical path of the specified filename by eliminating any symbolic links encountered in the path.

Syntax: os.path.realpath(path)

Parameter:
path: A path-like object representing the file system path.
A path-like object is either a string or bytes object representing a path.

Return Type: This method returns a string value which represents the canonical path.



Create a soft link or symbolic link
In Unix or Linux, soft link or symbolic link can be created using ln command. Below is the syntax to create a symbolic link at the shell prompt:

$ ln -s {source-filename} {symbolic-filename}

Example:

Example:
create symbolic link

In above output, “/home/ihritik/Desktop/file(shortcut).txt” is a symbolic link.

Code : Use of os.path.realpath() method to get canonical path and resolve symbolic links

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# Python program to explain os.path.realpath() method 
    
# importing os module 
import os
  
# Path
path = "/home / ihritik / Desktop / file(shortcut).txt"
  
  
# Get the canonical path
# of the specified path
# by eliminating any symbolic links
# encountered in the path
real_path = os.path.realpath(path)
  
# Print the canonical path
print(real_path)
  
  
# Path
path = "/../../GeeksForGeeks / sample.py"
  
  
# Get the canonical path
# of the specified path
# eliminating any symbolic links
# encountered in the path
real_path = os.path.realpath(path)
  
# Print the canonical path
print(real_path)
  
  
# Path
path = "file.txt"
  
  
# Get the canonical path
# of the specified path
# eliminating any symbolic links
# encountered in the path
real_path = os.path.realpath(path)
  
# Print the canonical path
print(real_path)
  
os.chdir("/home / ihritik / Downloads/")
  
  
# Path
path = "file.txt"
  
# Get the canonical path
# of the specified path
# eliminating any symbolic links
# encountered in the path
real_path = os.path.realpath(path)
  
# Print the canonical path
print(real_path)

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Output:

/home/ihritik/Documents/file(original).txt
/GeeksForGeeks/sample.py
/home/ihritik/file.txt
/home/ihritik/Downloads/file.txt

Reference: https://docs.python.org/3/library/os.path.html




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