I am trying to open an URL from the terminal window in my default browser which is Chromium:

$ xdg-open 'https://www.google.no/?gws_rd=ssl#q=site:askubuntu.com+xdg-open' >/dev/null

This will open the URL in a new tab in Chromium browser, but focus is still in the terminal window. How can I also bring Chromium browser to the front of my desktop, and give it focus?

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You can keep your command as is and change the way applications are getting automatic focus by changing the following settings.

Open a terminal and type:

dconf write /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/focus-prevention-level 0

To restore the initial behaviour:

dconf write /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/core/focus-prevention-level 1

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