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.
 Show this manualpage.
 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-open ’’

Opens the 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, Jeremy White. <> <>

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