exo-open - Open URLs and launch preferred applications
exo-open --launch [category] [[parameter]...]
exo-open is a command line frontend to the Xfce Preferred
Applications framework. It can either be used to open a list of
urls with the default URL handler or launch the preferred application
for a certain category.
exo-open either takes a list of URLs and tries to open each of them using
the default handler, or, when using the --launch tries to launch the
preferred application for a certain category, optionally passing any number of
parameters to the application.
Print brief help and exit.
Print version information and exit.
When using the --launch option and this option is
specified as well, the application will be run in the given directory.
This is primarily useful when running the preferred TerminalEmulator
from another application and you want the command in the terminal window to be
run in a specific directory.
--launch category parameters...
Launch the preferred application for the given
category with the optional parameters..., where category
is either WebBrowser, MailReader, TerminalEmulator or
If you do not specify the --launch option, exo-open
will open all specified URLs with their preferred URL handlers. Else, if you
specify the --launch option, you can select which preferred
application you want to run, and pass additional parameters to the
application (i.e. for TerminalEmulator you can pass the command line
that should be run in the terminal).
exo-open allows users and developers to open the preferred email composer
from the command line by simply invoking exo-open mailto:USER@HOST.TLD.
This will open the composer window with USER@HOST.TLD as the recipient.
This syntax is supported by all MailReaders. In addition the
MailReaders that ship as part of libexo also support extended
mailto:-URIs (but be aware that user-defined mailers do not necessarily
support this), which allows you to also specify default values for the subject
and the body of the mail, add additional recipients (both Cc: and To:) and
attach files to emails. For example
tells the composer to start an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with Foo
in the subject and the file /foo/bar.txt attached to the message.
exo-open was written by Benedikt Meurer <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
This manual page was provided by Benedikt Meurer