What is a current replacement of gnome-open command (generic open of files based on the type)?


gnome-open mydoc.pdf  # opened PDF in default application


The program 'gnome-open' is currently not installed.  You can install
it by typing: sudo apt-get install libgnome2-0

You can use xdg-open to open documents, like so:

xdg-open mydoc.pdf

This has a bonus of being desktop agnostic so it should work regardless of what desktop the user has installed. In GNOME itself gnome-open has been replaced by gvfs-open.


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    As of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, gvfs-open prints a deprecation warning to use gio open instead. – clpo13 Mar 5 '18 at 23:47

You can use gio too. For example gio open notes.doc.

  • Interesting, GIO seems to be a very strange thing. I wonder what can be useful for, other than "open". – alfC Apr 3 '18 at 3:38

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