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I'm try to change to my Desktop directory from the terminal.


cd /home/desktop

Gives an error in the terminal saying no directory found.

What am I doing wrong?

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iBelieve answers almost everything but alternatively you can type

cd ~/Desktop/

the ~/ stands for /home/$USER/

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+1 for mentioning the tilde-home shortcut. Although it stands for /home/<username>/. – Aaron Aug 20 '13 at 18:33
<username> disappeared so I changed it to [username] – Arno van der Weijden Aug 21 '13 at 13:06
Home also needs to be lowercase, and you can use html escapes to get the < and > symbols to appear (I edited to demonstrate) – Drake Clarris Aug 21 '13 at 13:13
You too: $USER is easier ;-) (it will automatically transform to the current user) – Rinzwind Aug 21 '13 at 15:06
Or $HOME too. – Bharadwaj Raju May 7 at 12:56

Because I haven't seen it mentioned yet, it should be noted that all directory names in Ubuntu (Linux) are case-sensitive. So even if you were in your correct home directory, executing a cd desktop should and will fail. If you look at @iBelieve's post, you can see that the "Desktop" directory starts with a capital 'D'. To get there, you will need to specify the correct case.

cd Desktop

To help you in the future, take a look at this command line tutorial from the community:

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To answer your question mentioned in the quoted article:

The directory format is like this:


so your command should be

cd /home/$USER/Desktop

To learn the directory structure, I'd suggest opening up the Home Folder app from the launcher on the left, and going to Computer and just exploring for a while. You won't be able to break anything outside of your home folder.

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$USER is easier ;-) (it will automatically transform to the current user) – Rinzwind Aug 21 '13 at 15:05

The following bash builtin commands are equivalent and they change the current working directory to your Desktop directory from your user home directory:

cd ~/Desktop               # my favorite

cd ~; cd Desktop

cd ~ && cd Desktop

cd $HOME/Desktop

cd /home/$USER/Desktop

cd /home/username/Desktop  # where 'username' is your user name

cd $CDPATH && cd Desktop

cd `locate -b '\Desktop'`

cd $(locate -b '\Desktop')
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