How to open a file with the standard application?

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Question :

How to open a file with the standard application?

My application prints a PDF to a temporary file. How can I open that file with the default application in Python?

I need a solution for

  • Windows
  • Linux (Ubuntu with Xfce if there’s nothing more general.)


Answer #1:

os.startfile is only available for windows for now, but xdg-open will be available on any unix client running X.

if sys.platform == 'linux2':["xdg-open", file])
Answered By: Nicolas Dumazet

Answer #2:

on windows it works with os.system('start <myFile>'). On Mac (I know you didn’t ask…) it’s os.system('open <myFile>')

Answered By: Kai Huppmann

Answer #3:

Open file using an application that your browser thinks is an appropriate one:

import webbrowser
Answered By: jfs

Answer #4:

if linux:
    os.system('xdg-open "$file"') #works for urls too
    os.system('start "$file"') #a total guess
Answered By: pixelbeat

Answer #5:

A small correction is necessary for NicDumZ’s solution to work exactly as given. The problem is with the use of ‘is’ operator. A working solution is:

if sys.platform == 'linux2':["xdg-open", file])

A good discussion of this topic is at Is there a difference between `==` and `is` in Python?.

Answered By: neoblitz

Answer #6:

Ask your favorite Application Framework for how to do this in Linux.

This will work on Windos and Linux as long as you use GTK:

import gtk
gtk.show_uri(gtk.gdk.screen_get_default(), URI, 0)

where URI is the local URL to the file

Answered By: u0b34a0f6ae

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