I'm new with Ubuntu, and I read in another thread that to open a file in the default editor (gedit for me), I need to run xdg-open, but for some reason, when I run the command xdg-open app.js I'm getting a bash: xdg-open: command not found notification. Why is it?

Following a request from a comment, the output of echo $PATH is :

  • When you run 'xdg-open' does it throw the error?
    – Thomas Ward
    Dec 1, 2015 at 19:20
  • Yes, right after I run the command
    – Efi
    Dec 1, 2015 at 19:22
  • What's the exact error message? Copy/paste it into your question as an edit
    – Thomas Ward
    Dec 1, 2015 at 19:23
  • I've edited the exact error notification I've got
    – Efi
    Dec 1, 2015 at 19:25
  • Please add also the output of echo $PATH.
    – kos
    Dec 1, 2015 at 19:28

1 Answer 1


Install/reinstall the package xdg-utils:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall xdg-utils

/usr/bin/xdg-open is part of this package.

  • 5
    I've installed reinstalled the package and still the same error message
    – Efi
    Dec 1, 2015 at 19:36

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