Posted By: Peter
cd is the shell command to change the working directory.
How do I change the current working directory in Python?
You can change the working directory with:
import os os.chdir(path)
There are two best practices to follow when using this method:
- Catch the exception (WindowsError, OSError) on invalid path. If the exception is thrown, do not perform any recursive operations, especially destructive ones. They will operate on the old path and not the new one.
- Return to your old directory when you’re done. This can be done in an exception-safe manner by wrapping your chdir call in a context manager, like Brian M. Hunt did in his answer.
Changing the current working directory in a subprocess does not change the current working directory in the parent process. This is true of the Python interpreter as well. You cannot use
os.chdir() to change the CWD of the calling process.