A 25-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and robbed in the city centre at the weekend.
The attack took place outside her home on Milton Street in Abbeyhill at around 3am yesterday.
The man stole her handbag and ran off towards Spring Gardens.
The bag was later recovered nearby but some of the contents, including a purse and ipod, were missing.
Detective Inspector Carol Craig, who is based at Gayfield, said: “The victim was uninjured but this was obviously a distressing incident and we are very keen to trace the man responsible.
“The young woman screamed in an attempt to alert neighbours, so we are hoping there are members of the public who were in and around Milton Street in the early hours of Sunday morning who perhaps saw or heard something suspicious. We would urge these people to come forward.”
The suspect is described as white, between 30 and 35-years-old, around 5ft 4in, and of stocky build. He had a shaved head and stubble, and was wearing an orange t-shirt, possibly with black tribal design and dark coloured tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, phone the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.