is there any shell command that open file system's GUI-window of the terminal's current working directory?

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    That would depend on which file manager you're using, and possibly what window manager / desktop manager you've got. Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 12:37
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    @roaima thanks, i google about it and it seems if i know my file manager i can handle the case. of course i found out that the command "xdg-open ." works for all file managers, now can you please tell me how i can figure out what file manager i'm using? (actually i find it by trying different file manager names, and its nautilus, but i want the command that give me this)
    – feel free
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 12:52

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Just type:

/usr/bin/gnome-open .

Note the spce-dot at the end, where the dot represents the current directory. I actually created a symlink called run, so I can easily open anything from the command line (folders, random files, etc.).


On newer versions of Gnome, this seems to have been replaced by xdg-open. In fact, libgnome2-bin, the package needed to install gnome-open, is not available for Ubuntu 19.10. Here is the new version:

/usr/bin/xdg-open .
  • thanks a lot, just exploring /usr/bin/gnome- was so informitive per se! i didn't know about that. but there was no gnome-open in there. it's worth mentioning i use ubuntu 16.04
    – feel free
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 12:19
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    On Ubuntu 18.04, it is definitely /usr/bin/gnome-open but perhaps it is in another directory on 16.04. Try gnome-open without the full path.
    – bitinerant
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 19:13

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