Get the path to the user home directory

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import userHome from '';


Deprecated. Just use import {homedir} from 'os';.


Get the path to the user home directory


$ npm install user-home


const userHome = require('user-home');

//=> '/Users/sindresorhus'

Returns null in the unlikely scenario that the home directory can't be found.


Why not just use the os-home module?

This module was made long before os-homedir. When Node.js decided to add a native method for getting the user's home directory, I made a polyfill matching its API and decided to depend on it here, so not to have duplicate code. The main reason this one is still around is that lots of modules depend on it and I see no reason to inconvenience dependents by deprecating this. This one also gets the home directory on startup and returns a string rather than exposing a method, so it's faster, and I prefer this API. Modules are cheap in Node.js, so doesn't matter. Use whichever you prefer. I'm going to continue using this one.


  • user-home-cli - CLI for this module
  • home-or-tmp - Get the user home directory with fallback to the system temp directory

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