How to get the name of an open file?

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I’m trying to store in a variable the name of the current file that I’ve opened from a folder.

How can I do that?
I’ve tried cwd = os.getcwd() but this only gives me the path of the folder, and I need to store the name of the opened file.

Can you please help me?

One more useful trick to add. I agree with original correct answer, however if you’re like me came to this page wanting the filename only without the rest of the path, this works well.

>>> f = open('/tmp/generic.png','r')
>>> import os
>>> os.path.basename(

Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Jul 31 2008, 22:53:39)
[GCC 4.1.2 (Ubuntu 4.1.2-0ubuntu4)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> f = open('generic.png','r')

Maybe this script is what you want?

import sys, os
print sys.argv[0]
print os.path.basename(sys.argv[0])

When I run the above script I get;


Use this code snippet to get the filename you are currently running (i.e .py file):

target_file = inspect.currentframe().f_code.co_filename

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