Wolfram Language & System 11.0 (2016)|Legacy Documentation

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opens the specified file, URL, or other target with the associated program on your computer system.

Details and OptionsDetails and Options

  • SystemOpen sends its target to the operating system, which then opens it using its default application for the target type given.
  • URLs and URIs must include explicit http:, mailto:, ftp:, etc. prefixes.
  • SystemOpen[File["file"]] and SystemOpen[URL["url"]] are also supported.
  • SystemOpen["file"] is essentially equivalent to double-clicking the file icon in your operating system.
  • SystemOpen["file"] searches for the specified file in the directories given in $Path.
  • SystemOpen["file"] returns $Failed if the specified file does not exist.
Introduced in 2008