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Clicking on a file:// link does not work (usecase: synced files with several users) #12042

biva opened this issue Sep 4, 2019 · 3 comments


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@biva biva commented Sep 4, 2019


Clicking on a file:// link does not work for local folders.

I'm not sure if I should post this here or on

Steps to reproduce

  • Create a link to a local file [My local file](C:\Docs\locafile.docx)
  • Click on the link

Expected behavior

The file (or the folder) should be opened

Observed behavior (that appears unintentional)

  • On Desktop, it doesn't do anything
  • On Firefox, it opens a blank page

Possible fixes

This issue has been reported several times: mattermost/desktop#579 , mattermost/desktop#772 , mattermost/desktop#821
Apparently, this is intentional as explained by @yuya-oc because:

  • Accepting local resources would allow to execute programs via malicious link
  • There is no situation where an user would want to share their local files without attached files.

In my usecase, we use Nextcloud to sync files within our group. And we have the same letter and path for local files. This is why we often share the file path instead of the file itself, to save data. We would love to be able to open the link directly.


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@amyblais amyblais commented Sep 4, 2019

Thanks, appreciate your feedback @biva,

Would you like to contribute this in the feature idea forum so it can be discussed, upvoted and considered for a help wanted ticket?

Please include a link back to this GitHub issue. If you're interested in implementing, please say so and we'll prioritize the review.


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@amyblais amyblais commented Sep 4, 2019

Thank you! Closing this as this can be tracked via the feature request,

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