What I mean is, can I add a URL to my Emacs bookmarks, such that selecting the bookmark runs the URL through browse-url?

Desired behavior

What I would like is a bookmark-set-url function that prompts for a url, say emacs.stackexchange.com. Then when I run bookmark-jump, emacs.stackechange.com appears in my bookmarks, and selecting it runs (browse-url "emacs.stackexchange.com").

This is analogous to bookmark-set, which sets a bookmark that points at the current location.

Is this behavior—or something similar—available in Emacs? If not is it possible to augment bookmarks (or bookmarks+) to support it?

The reason I want this is that bookmark-jump feels like a general purpose targeted navigation command. Browser URLs feel like an extension of that idea, despite the fact that they switch to a different application.

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The following seems working from here (I don't use the Bookmarks feature, and I ain't familir with its protocol.), I tested it with:

M-x your-bookmark-set-url https://example.com
M-x bookmark-jump https://example.com
(defun your-bookmark-set-url (url)
  (interactive "sBookmark URL: ")
  (if (assoc url bookmark-alist)
      (user-error "%s is already bookmarked" url)
    (push `(,url . ((handler . ,(lambda (bookmark)
                                  (browse-url (car bookmark))))))
  • I tried this approach and it works, but then I can't see my bookmarks list again. I ended up instead for installing Bookmark+. Its not quite as hard as the documentation makes it sound. Then you can just call bmkp-url-target-set. Mar 2 at 18:39

I wrote a couple of functions based on the previous answer that allows for setting a name that will be visible when you set a URL bookmark. It closely resembles the bookmark function of the EWW browser.

(defun my/url-bookmark-handler (bookmark)
  "Browse location (url) of BOOKMARK."
  (browse-url (alist-get 'location bookmark)))

(defun my/bookmark-set-url (name url)
  "Set a bookmark named NAME and URL as location."
  (interactive "sBookmark Name: \nsBookmark URL: ")
  (let ((existing-bookmark (cl-find-if (lambda (bookmark)
                                         (string= url (alist-get 'location (cdr bookmark))))
    (if existing-bookmark
        (user-error "URL %s is already bookmarked as %s" url (car existing-bookmark))
      (push `(,name . ((location . ,url)
                       (handler . my/url-bookmark-handler)))

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