open a file or uri with the users preferred application (browser, editor, etc), cross platform
JavaScript
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README.md

open

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

Usage

var open = require("open");
open("http://www.google.com");

open takes an optional argument specifying the program to be used to open the file or URL.

open("http://www.google.com", "firefox");

Installation

npm install open

How it works

  • on win32 uses start
  • on darwin uses open
  • otherwise uses the xdg-open script from freedesktop.org

Warning

The same care should be taken when calling open as if you were calling child_process.exec directly. If it is an executable it will run in a new shell.