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Is there a way to open the default browser on a user's system to a specific page from within a Bash script, or other-language script?

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Best guess is xdg-open it should automatically fall-back to your Desktop environment to determine the browser.

  • Does this then allow the script to terminate, and still execute the command to open the default browser? – Thomas Ward Jul 30 '12 at 17:29
  • Did you mean "open the URL in background"? You can append & at the end of the command to tell it to execute in the background. For example xdg-open http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/44311 &. In this case it's unnecessary because xdg-open opens the URL in the background by default. – phunehehe Jul 30 '12 at 17:48

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