Open URLs and Applications from Terminal and Ruby Scripts

Did you know you can open applications directly from the command line in Terminal?  The command is open

To open a url in the browser from the command line, use


You don’t need quotes around the url. This will use the default browser on your machine.

The line

open /Applications/

will open the Applications folder in Finder.

To open a specific application, use the path to that application followed by the .app extension.

open /Applications/

(Airdroid is a great application for transmitting files from your computer to phone wirelessly.)
If you want to open Sublime Text from the terminal, you can use the command subl

subl .

Will open the current directory in Sublime Text.

If you’re writing a ruby script, use these commands instead:

system("open", "")
system("open", "/Applications/Adobe\ Illustrator\ CS6/Adobe\")

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