Common call for launching file browser

Brian McKee brian.mckee at
Thu Mar 12 13:19:49 UTC 2009

On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 4:30 AM, Alain Muls <alain.muls at> wrote:
> 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)?

Try xdg-open

see for more info.  I don't know
how widely adopted this is currently

(in other words, I know it works on Gnome - I'll leave the testing of
the others to you :-)


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