Common call for launching file browser

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Thu Mar 12 09:38:06 UTC 2009

2009/3/12 Alain Muls <alain.muls at>:
> Hi All
> I work in a team (windows and linux) which develop programs using Qt for
> both systems. One of the windows team has created a functionality which
> opens the file browser (explorer) to browse through files. She uses
> explorer c:\mydir
> What is a linux equivalent for doing a similar thing that will work in both
> KDE and GNOME (and perhaps also XFCE or other window managers)?
> Tx/ALain

I think what you looking for is the xdg-open command from the
xdg-utils package.

/ Jonas

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