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.
A non-zero exit code indicates failure:
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.
Open the SS64.com website in the user’s default browser:
$ xdg-open ‘https://ss64.com/’
Open a cat picture in the user’s default image viewing application:
$ xdg-open /tmp/foxtrot_the_cat.png
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