open - open file in its default application


open FILES ...


open opens a file in its default application, using the appropriate tool for the operating system. On GNU/Linux, this requires the common but optional xdg-open utility, from the xdg-utils package.

Note that this function will not be used if a command by this name exists (which is the case on macOS or Haiku).


open *.txt opens all the text files in the current directory using your system’s default text editor.