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When using dired in emacs, how can I open an url file in a web browser outside emacs?

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    have you tried browse-url-at-point ? Dec 5, 2016 at 15:19
  • Here is a snippet that I could use on OSX (if I wanted to): (let ((file (dired-get-file-for-visit))) (start-process "my-process" nil "open" "-a" "/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox" file)). If you are on a different OS, then you can probably eliminate "open" and "-a", but you may need to add something specific to your OS to ensure that the browser receives input focus (if so desired) -- on OSX, that is what the "-a" is for. If you want to open multiple files, then you'll need to use dired-get-marked-files and loop through the list of marked files.
    – lawlist
    Dec 5, 2016 at 15:38
  • @lawlist browse-url should be even better for this.
    – user12563
    Dec 5, 2016 at 17:24
  • @DoMiNeLa10 The OP is actually talking about a file format: fileinfo.com/extension/url . The best solution in my mind is ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_dired_open_file_in_ext_apps.html
    – xuhdev
    Dec 6, 2016 at 10:01
  • Thanks both of you! @lawlist: for some reason I got am error message on your solution, but will not investigate it since I found a perfect solution offered by DoMiNeLa10 and xuhdev.
    – myotis
    Dec 6, 2016 at 11:08

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You can add a key binding, such as C-RET to open any files in system defined default external programs such as xdg-open on Linux and open on macOS. In this way, URL files are opened by default browsers. A detailed approach is available on ErgoEmacs: http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_dired_open_file_in_ext_apps.html

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  • By the way, how did you bind C-RET? When I tried with this: (global-set-key (kbd "C-return") 'xha-open-in-external-app) I got the error "C- must prefix a single character, not return"
    – myotis
    Dec 6, 2016 at 11:31
  • @myotis (define-key dired-mode-map (kbd "<C-return>") 'xah-open-in-external-app)
    – xuhdev
    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:47

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