Fix Python – python: get directory two levels up


Asked By – jramm

Ok…I dont know where module x is, but I know that I need to get the path to the directory two levels up.

So, is there a more elegant way to do:

import os
two_up = os.path.dirname(os.path.dirname(__file__))

Solutions for both Python 2 and 3 are welcome!

Now we will see solution for issue: python: get directory two levels up


You can use pathlib. Unfortunately this is only available in the stdlib for Python 3.4. If you have an older version you’ll have to install a copy from PyPI here. This should be easy to do using pip.

from pathlib import Path

p = Path(__file__).parents[1]

# /absolute/path/to/two/levels/up

This uses the parents sequence which provides access to the parent directories and chooses the 2nd one up.

Note that p in this case will be some form of Path object, with their own methods. If you need the paths as string then you can call str on them.

This question is answered By – Ffisegydd

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