xdg-open

Open a file or URL in the user's preferred application.

Syntax
      xdg-open file

      xdg-open URL

      xdg-open --help

      xdg-open --manual

      xdg-open --version 

Options:
   files    The filename(s) to open, wildcards are accepted.

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.

Exit Codes

A non-zero exit code indicates failure:

0 Success
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.ss64.com/'

Opens the SS64.com website in the user's default browser

$ xdg-open /tmp/foxtrot_the_cat.png

Opens a cat picture in the user's default image viewing application.

“Do not run; scorn running with thy heels” ~ Shakespeare

Related:

kill - Stop a process from running
open - Open a file in its default application
Equivalent Windows command: START - Start a program or command.


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