I go back and forth between Linux, Windows, and OS X, and I end up getting a lot of proprietary files in my Dropbox.
It’s been bugging me for a long time that there’s no xdg handler for Windows
.url files in Linux, so I finally strung one together.
.url files in windows looks something like this:
Simple, elegant, clean.
In order to pull the url out of a file like that, we just have to find the line that begins with
URL=, cut that line at the
=, and take the second piece.
That’s a one-liner in Bash:
Once we have the URL, we can feed it to
xdg-open to open it in the default browser.
Here’s a Bash script that does that with a few embellishments.
Remember to make it executable:
$1 refers to the first argument, so if we invoke as
openurl example.url, then
$1 will expand to
We can try this from the command line, and you should see that it works as intended.
The last line of output is created by
chromium-browser, my default browser.
Nice, but not enough.
We ultimately want to be able to just double click on
example.url in our file manager, and then have a browser tab open with the correct URL.
The program that makes all of that work is called
xdg-open, so we need
xdg-open example.url to invoke
For this, we need to create a
.desktop file for
We need to know the MIME-type of a
.url files, so we check real quick:
And now we can write our
Finally, we just need to tell xdg to open
application/x-mswinurl types with
Now, we can open
.url files in Linux by double clicking them.
Not sure how I’m going to do all this wiring in OS X, though.
Here are a few pages that I referenced to get this working: