The Termux app is a terminal emulator. If I create a file or a folder there, and then use another file explorer app to browse my device, where can I find these files?
You don't need to root your device. All you need to do is run the following command on a non-rooted (or rooted) device to allow termux to access your existing directories, particularly
this creates a new directory in termux,
~/storage, which contains simlinks to
/storage/emulated/0 and can be accessed by a standard gui file manager.
You will need to grant file access to termux when prompted after you run the command.
1This worked! Though I'll just point out to anyone who didn't pick up on it, that it's not the ~/storage directory itself that is
/storage/emulated/0, but that location is rather the symlink ~/storage/shared. Hence putting things into
~/storagedirectory wouldn't help you access the files. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:10
Where can I access that file in USB mode? I need to edit the extra key config file. I don't have ctrl key now, can't do much via termux– otongAug 19, 2020 at 4:36
The default directory is:
Since Termux supports bash commands, user can run
pwd to print current working directory.
pwd is an acronym of print working directory.
2Thanks... But my data directory is empty. My phone is not rooted... Does that matter?– MaxcotJan 11, 2017 at 9:22
2@Maxcot Unfortunately, yes. The
/data/folder is only accessible to all if the phone is rooted. By default, only Termux can write & read that folder. Jan 11, 2017 at 9:26
1@Maxcot you might want to copy (or move, but becareful) them to
/sdcardif you want. Refer to this question on SO Jan 11, 2017 at 9:32
Termux help may provide a way out ( not tried by me) Jan 11, 2017 at 11:44
What I don't understand is why I have access to the folders through termux, but not through any other app like ES File Explorer. It's like the permissions are dependant on the app, not the user.– MaxcotJan 11, 2017 at 19:24
Provided that you don't want to root your phone, it is possible to change permission for Termux (Settings->Applications->Termux->Permissions) and enable the Storage permission.
This way you are granted access to phone and sdcard storage and you can use it as superuser (mv, ls and other commands work as intended) in the application.
So, you can move or copy the files you need into internal storage.
6You may also need to run
termux-setup-storagein Termux to gain access to the SD Card or Internal Storage Sep 13, 2017 at 5:42
You can access the files inside the termux folder by simply doing this. (Without using any third-party app/rooting your device)
Step 1: Go to Downloads on your Device
Step 2: Go to the Appbar
Step 3: Scroll down till you find Termux
Step 4: Click on Termux and you can see your files
You can query the
$HOME variable to find the "default folder" regardless of the terminal app you're using:
$ echo $HOME /data/data/com.termux/files/home
Termux has its default directory that's inaccessible to newbies. To verify this, on the CLI, type
data/data/com.termux/files/home should appear.
To be able to manipulate your Android directory from Termux, on your Android device, go to Settings - Apps - Termux - Permissions - tap "Storage" on.
Now on the CLI, in Termux, type
$ cd /storage/emulated/0 $ pwd
/storage/emulated/0 should appear.
You can as well create a new file in your local storage, type
$ echo hello world > MyFirstTermuxFile.txt
That's it. You can now play with your local device storage.
You can touch it on
data/data/com.termux/files/home. That's the default main directory of Termux.
It's impossible to find the file that you've created on Termux main directory as I mentioned above on your phone because it's not rooted on any device.
It works as sort of a server. By thereon
data/data/com.texmux/files/home, which is the default main directory of Termux, you can already browse files, create files, manipulating them the same sort you're using your file manager
You can view it easily with Material file manager. https://www.learntermux.tech/2020/10/Termux-File-Manager.html Here is a guide I found useful to me.
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/storage/emulated/0. For example
/storage/emulated/0/Download(no "s") for your downloads or
/storage/emulated/0/DCIMfor your images.
datafolder somewhere and cannot see past the mount.
datais mounted inside
Androidfolder, accessible from inside the file explorer..