Opening the file browser from terminal


Almost any GUI application (on X window systems) can be opened from a terminal window within that GUI. To open any GUI app, type the name of the executable at the shell prompt. Most file browsers take a directory as a command line argument, so you should usually pass . as the parameter.

Here are some examples for some popular systems, most X based systems work similarly.

On Gnome, you can run nautilus (the default file browser) directly, or on Gnome 2, you can use gnome-open to open any file (including directories) with the configured Gnome file handler application:

$ nautilus .


$ gnome-open .

On KDE, there are two popular file browsers, I'm not aware of a command similar to gnome-open, though gnome-open can be executed within KDE, but by default it opens Gnome apps.

$ dolphin .


$ konquerer .

On OS X, as mentioned in comments, a similar command line program, open can be used.

$ open .

What if you don't know the executable name...

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I am currently working on mac but what I do when I want to create a file, editing it and just saving it is I type in vim in the terminal, vim is a texteditor incorporated in the terminal. So if you just type in vim you would see the text editor.

But if you type for instance vim example.txt you open vim and from then on you are working in the file you created. The file, if I am correctly, does not get saved until you say so. So by pressing 's' you enter the edit mode of vim. Allowing you to put text in the file. If you want to save just enter escape followed by ':w', meaning you are saving the file with the name you have it to it, so for this example it would be example.txt. After you saved it, everything you type after pressing escape is showed left down in the screen, simple type ':q' to quite it.

If you realise you do not really want to save the file you can just type ':q!' and if you were currently in the editing mode, meaning you were typing something, you just...

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Finder, the Mac OS X file system browser, is ultimately just a nice looking GUI application, and it can be interacted with fluidly from the command line.

This means you can jump to directories and open literally any Mac Finder window directly from the terminal by using a simple command string based upon the ‘open’ command.

How to Open Finder Windows from Terminal in Mac OS

The general syntax to use for this is as follows:

open /Path/To/Directory/

For example, if you want to open the folder which contains the aforementioned Finder application (which would then allow you to open it with a double-click), you can use the following command syntax:

open /System/Library/CoreServices/

Opening the Root directory in Finder is simple too:

open /

Opening the User Home Directory can be achieved as follows:

open ~

What if you’re buried deep in the file system within the Terminal, and need to open that...

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There are many historical tips in CUI opetations using key shortcuts, which you could learn from many books. But if you like to use mouse better than hit keys, SUSE has many GUI methods replacing keyboard operations.

Copying and pasting in konsole/gnome terminal

You can select words in the konsole/gnome terminal window by mouse as you do in text editors. Click "Edit" in the pull-down menu of the terminal window. you can select "Copy" and "Paste". You can paste into the terminal input any text you copied to clipboard, from the same or different terminal windows, text editors, file browser or web browser. This may reduce your need of key typing a lot.

Opening terminal window from the file browser

Go to the directory as you like by (double)clicking the folder icons in konqueror/nautilus.konqueror: Select "Tools" > "Open Terminal" from the pull-down menu.

nautilus: Right-click anywhare in the browser window and expand popup menu, then select "Open in...

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When navigating through my folders using the file browser Nautilus in Linux Ubuntu, I often missed the possibility to simply use the right mouse button on a directory in order to open the Termial (command line) from there in the same folder. Finally, it is very time-consuming to manually open the Terminal in the corresponding folder since it is already opened in the file browser.

Meanwhile, I have found a solution. You just have to install the package Nautilus Open Terminal.

This can be done, for example, with the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal

If the function is not immediately visible, it is probably because Nautilus or Linux have to be rebooted. Then, the context menu of Nautilus is expanded with the function "Open in...

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in cmd How to open Current folder - Bing

Open a File Browser From Your Current Command Prompt/Terminal Directory

Ever been doing some work at the command line when you realized… it would be a lot easier if I could just use the mouse for this task? One command later, you’ll have a window open to the same place that you’re at.

This same tip works in more than one operating system, so we’ll detail how to do it in every way we know how.

Open a File Browser in Windows

We’ve actually covered this before when we told you how to open an Explorer window from the command prompt’s current directory, but we’ll briefly review: Just type the follow command into your command prompt:

explorer .

Note: You could actually just type “start .”...

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I quite often want to open my browser from the terminal, this is very easy to do by using the sensible-browser command in Debian/Ubuntu distros.

A more cross-distribution alternative is xdg-open this is acctualy more powerful because you also can open files with it. And for Mac OS X you need to use open this command is similar to xdg-open. These commands always open your default browser/program.

I really thinks these commands improve your workflow because you don’t need to leave the keyboard for opening the browser or a file.

Some examples:

sensible-browser index.html sensible-browser xdg-open index.html xdg-open xdg-open image.png open index.html open open...
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Sep 16, 2010

In Gnome, How do I open a file browser in the current directory? I assume its [command] . Whats the command?

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How to add a new right-click menu entry in Nautilus file browser?

I want to add a couple of new context menu entries to Nautilus File Browser. So when I e.g. right-click in View Pane on a file "foobar.conf" an menu entry "edit with gedit" should appear (among the other default entries). When clicked

LabVIEW file browser can't see folders

I am using LabVIEW 7.0 on Sparc Solaris 2.6. I am using NFS to serve folders from a RHEL5 linux server. These folders contain my LabVIEW code, and I am mounting them on my Sparc Solaris workstation. When I open the LabVIEW file browser, some folde

Is there a TOTAL file browser available?

When I used to use Linux, I was able to see everything under /, now I can only see those files by using terminal. Is there a browser out that will allow me to see everything? Like /bin, /dev, /usr, etc... Thanks!How do I get it back to normal state?

Error: Unable to locate an image...

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There is a nautilus (gnome's file manager) extension for that:

That is the package for debian. You should look in the repository of your distribution for a similar package.

If you are using Nautilus as your 'File Browser', it is as simple as a few entries in nautilus-actions GUI... Any 'actions' you create are available via a right-click of the mouse, and also via the Nautilus Toolbar if you wish (and I think also via the menu).

..Command: gnome-terminal Parameters: --window --maximize --working-directory=%d and a couple of other equally easy options.

You can get Nautilus Actions* via the command: sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions

When you have installed it, run nautilus-actions-config-tool (to get started)

... and you can use Nautilus for much more than just this script...

In the absense of an installed extension, you can drag the icon for a folder to...

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Recently, we showed you how to open a directory in Terminal from within Nautilus. However, what if you’re working on the command line in Terminal and need to access the same directory in Nautilus? There’s an easy solution for that.

NOTE: When we say to type something in this article and there are quotes around the text, DO NOT type the quotes, unless we specify otherwise.

To open the current directory open in Terminal, type the following command at the prompt and press Enter.

NOTE: Be sure to type a space between “nautilus” and the period (“.”).

It doesn’t matter which directory is active in Terminal before jumping to a specific directory in Nautilus.

Nautilus opens directly to the specified directory.

You can easily jump to other directories in Nautilus, such as your Home directory…

…or your Music directory. You can also jump to other directories within your Home directory, such as Documents (nautilus ~/Documents), pictures...

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Ever been doing some work at the command line when you realized… it would be a lot easier if I could just use the mouse for this task? One command later, you’ll have a window open to the same place that you’re at.

This same tip works in more than one operating system, so we’ll detail how to do it in every way we know how.

Open a File Browser in Windows

We’ve actually covered this before when we told you how to open an Explorer window from the command prompt’s current directory, but we’ll briefly review: Just type the follow command into your command prompt:

explorer .

Note: You could actually just type “start .” instead.

And you’ll then see a file browsing window set to the same directory you were previous at. And yes, this screenshot is from Vista, but it works the same in every version of Windows.

If that wasn’t good enough, you should really read how you can navigate in the File Open/Save dialogs with just the...

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A file manager or file browser is a computer program that provides a user interface to manage files and folders. The most common operations performed on files or groups of files include creating, opening (e.g. viewing, playing, editing or printing), renaming, moving or copying, deleting and searching for files, as well as modifying file attributes, properties and file permissions. Folders and files may be displayed in a hierarchical tree based on their directory structure. Some file managers contain features inspired by web browsers, including forward and back navigational buttons.

Some file managers provide network connectivity via protocols, such as FTP, HTTP, NFS, SMB or WebDAV. This is achieved by allowing the user to browse for a file server (connecting and accessing the server's file system like a local file system) or by providing its own full client implementations for file server protocols.

Directory editors[edit]

A term that predates the usage of...

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JS/UIX - Terminal

JS/UIX is an UN*X-like OS for standard web-browsers, written
entirely in JavaScript (no plug-ins used). It comprises a vir-
tual machine, shell, virtual file-system, process-management,
and brings its own terminal with screen- and keyboard-mapping.

For an overview of implemented commands have a look at the
complete > JS/UIX-Manual-Pages; see also the > Version-History.

The keyboard accepts the US-ASCII character set.
As key-mapping depends from your browser, you may have to use
the cursor and backspace buttons at the lower right of the
terminal. A complete keyboard can be accessed at the lower left.

Compatibility: Netscape 4+, MS IE 4+ and DOM-aware browsers.

JS/UIX is not a free software. For a free to use terminal-
interfaces have a look at mass:werk termlib.js.

© 2003 mass:werk,...

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My Problem:

Using Internet Explorer 9 on a brand new installation of Windows 7 Professional, a user could not open certain PDFs that were located on a website. Some PDF would appear to begin downloading and then after a few moments, a simple error message would pop up:

The file is damaged and could not be repaired.
[email protected]`08b

The document could be opened if it was first downloaded and then opened with Adobe Reader. It was only a problem if IE tried to open it in a browser tab.

Oddly, various other PDFs that were accessed with the browser could open as normal.

Possible Solutions:

There are two possible solutions to this issue that I am aware of.


The problem might be due to be an overflowing temporary internet files folder. I noticed that other PDFs could be viewed in IE. The ones that could open were smaller than the PDFs that were giving the user problems.

A temporary fix is to delete...

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Welcome to the DHCP Server for Windows

A DHCP Server assigns IP addresses to client computers. This is very often used in enterprise networks to reduce configuration efforts. All IP addresses of all computers are stored in a database that resides on a server machine.

This is a very simple and easy to use implementation of a DHCP Server for Windows based systems supporting all Windows operating systems from Windows 98 to Windows 10.

The configuration data as well as the client “database” is kept in an INI file. See description of INI file. The DHCP Server runs instantly without any installation as a service or application. See running the DHCP Server

All older versions of the DHCP Server are free software and can be used and redistributed for both academic and commercial purposes at absolutely no cost. There are no royalties or GNU-like “copyleft” restrictions. There is no requirements such as including copyright messages or logos involved in using the software....

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On June 22, 2000, UCSC and the other members of the International Human Genome Project consortium completed the first working draft of the human genome assembly, forever ensuring free public access to the genome and the information it contains. A few weeks later, on July 7, 2000, the newly assembled genome was released on the web at, along with the initial prototype of a graphical viewing tool, the UCSC Genome Browser. In the ensuing years, the website has grown to include a broad collection of vertebrate and model organism assemblies and annotations, along with a large suite of tools for viewing, analyzing and downloading...

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Email viruses are real, but computers aren’t infected just by opening emails anymore. Just opening an email to view it is safe – although attachments can still be dangerous to open.

Past security problems with Microsoft Outlook resulted in a lot of damage, and some people still believe that just opening an email is dangerous. This isn’t true.

Why Opening an Email Is Safe

Emails are essentially text or HTML documents (web pages). Just like opening a text file or web page in your browser should be safe, opening an email message should also be safe. Whether you are using Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Thunderbird, or another web-based or desktop email client, opening an email – even a suspicious looking one – should be safe.

However, some emails may try to infect you after you open them. They may contain malicious programs as attachments or have links to malicious websites full of malware and scams. You should only run trustworthy...

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We all know how to launch applications from the GUI with a double-click on the icon or clicking on the app in the Dock, and there are numerous ways to do so, and they’re all relatively speedy. If you spend a decent amount of time with the command line though, it’s nice to be able to launch Mac apps directly from there as well. Also, the Terminal has a fair share of applications that run in text based mode, but maybe you wanted to edit a text file in the OS X GUI app TextWrangler rather than the text based nano or vim.

We’re going to demonstrate how to launch any graphical Mac app from the command line of OS X, including how to open specific files from the command line with a GUI app, and how to edit and open those files with root access if it’s necessary.

Opening Mac OS X Applications from the Command Line

The Terminal command to launch OS X gui apps is appropriately called ‘open’ and here is how it works at it’s most simple:

open -a...

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