Fix Python – os.path.dirname(__file__) returns empty


Asked By – Flake

I want to get the path of the current directory under which a .py file is executed.

For example a simple file D:\ with code:

import os

print os.getcwd()
print os.path.basename(__file__)
print os.path.abspath(__file__)
print os.path.dirname(__file__)

It is weird that the output is:


I am expecting the same results from the getcwd() and path.dirname().

Given os.path.abspath = os.path.dirname + os.path.basename, why


returns empty?

Now we will see solution for issue: os.path.dirname(__file__) returns empty


Because os.path.abspath = os.path.dirname + os.path.basename does not hold. we rather have

os.path.dirname(filename) + os.path.basename(filename) == filename

Both dirname() and basename() only split the passed filename into components without taking into account the current directory. If you want to also consider the current directory, you have to do so explicitly.

To get the dirname of the absolute path, use


This question is answered By – Sven Marnach

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