Consider the following link I have in my org-mode file


Emacs always opens source code files inside emacs. Web-links on the other hand are always opened in the browser. How can I get such source code files to be displayed in the browser instead?

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    Do you want to open all file links in a browser? If not, how will emacs know which to open in Emacs, and which in the browser?
    – Tyler
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 14:20

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You can do this with a custom link type, as described here.

The following code minimally does this for your case:

;; a function to open files in the browser:
(defun my-browse-file (path)
  (concat "file:" path)))

;; add the new link type
(org-add-link-type "hfile" 'my-browse-file)

With this, you can use links in this format:

[[hfile:///home/tws/scratch][my file]]

I think you need to use the absolute path to your file, I don't think you can use relative paths. At least, not when you pass the path to the browser as file:///path/to/file, as is done here. You could alter my-browse-file to insert the /// for you, so your links can skip that bit.

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