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xdg-open

opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application

xdg-open {file | URL}
xdg-open {--help | --manual | --version}

xdg-open opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application. If a URL is provided the URL will be opened in the user's preferred web browser. If a file is provided the file will be opened in the preferred application for files of that type. xdg-open supports file, ftp, http and https URLs.

xdg-open is for use inside a desktop session only. It is not recommended to use xdg-open as root.

--help

Show command synopsis.

--manual

Show this manual page.

--version

Show the xdg-utils version information.

An exit code of 0 indicates success while a non-zero exit code indicates failure. The following failure codes can be returned:

1

Error in command line syntax.

2

One of the files passed on the command line did not exist.

3

A required tool could not be found.

4

The action failed.

xdg-mime(1), xdg-settings(1), m[blue]MIME applications associations specificationm[][1]

xdg-open 'http://www.freedesktop.org/' 

Opens the freedesktop.org website in the user's default browser.

xdg-open /tmp/foobar.png 

Opens the PNG image file /tmp/foobar.png in the user's default image viewing application.

Kevin Krammer

Author.

Jeremy White

Author.

Copyright © 2006

1.
MIME applications associations specification
http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/mime-apps-spec/

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