How to access Trash Folder using Mac Terminal Command

We can access the Trash folder using the Terminal by making use of the cd command followed by ~/.Trash.

% cd ~/.Trash

% pwd 

Now but when you try to do an ls command, you will get an error "ls: .: Operation not permitted"

Mac Terminal Move to Trash folder Example

This can still be handly to move files to Trash from Terminal instead of using the rm command which will delete the file(s) permanently.

mv oldfile.csv ~/.Trash

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on an M1 Mac running macOS Sonoma 14.0.

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