Matt Stenson

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Open File With App From MacOS Terminal

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Sometimes I like to open up a text file in a robust gui text editor on my mac while I am working in the terminal. Navigating to the same location in finder and then opening the file is just a pain. So after a little googling I discovered the open command. Here’s an example of when I need to edit my known_hosts file.

sudo open -a TextWrangler /Users/myuser/.ssh/known_hosts

This example used the -a switch to specify a specific application to open the file with. You can also let MacOS use the default app instead.


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