xdg-open

opens a file or URL in the user (Aqs preferred application

TLDR

Open the current directory in the default file explorer

$ xdg-open .
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Open a URL in the default browser

$ xdg-open [https://example.com]
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Open an image in the default image viewer

$ xdg-open [path/to/image]
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Open a PDF in the default PDF viewer

$ xdg-open [path/to/pdf]
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Display help

$ xdg-open --help
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SYNOPSIS

xdg-open {file | URL}

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

DESCRIPTION

xdg-open opens a file or URL in the users preferred application. If a URL is provided the URL will be opened in the users 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.

OPTIONS

--help

Show command synopsis.

--manual

Show this manual page.

--version

Show the xdg-utils version information.

EXIT CODES

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.

EXAMPLES

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

Opens the freedesktop.org website in the users default browser.

xdg-open /tmp/foobar.png

Opens the PNG image file /tmp/foobar.png in the users default image viewing application.

AUTHORS

Kevin Krammer

Author.

Jeremy White

Author.

COPYRIGHT


Copyright © 2006

NOTES

1.

MIME applications associations specification

http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/mime-apps-spec/

SEE ALSO

xdg-mime(1), xdg-settings(1), MIME applications associations specification[1]

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