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Windows - open file using Bash (via File Explorer)

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This article, will show you how to open files via File Explorer using Bash on Windows.

Quick solution:

'C:/Windows/explorer.exe' /path/to/file

 

Reusable solution

In this section, you can find how create reusable alias and use it to open indicated files via File Explorer using Bash.

Simple steps:

  1. go to user home directory,
    e.g. under Bash run the command:
    cd ~
    e.g. in File Explorer use the path:
    %homedrive%%homepath%
  2. add to .bash_profile file the following line:
    alias explorer='C:/Windows/explorer.exe'
  3. re-run Bash or run in existing Bash source ~/.bash_profile command,
  4. from now, you can open any file using explorer command, e.g.:
    explorer /path/to/file

 

Practical example:

Open files via File Explorer using Bash on Windows.
Open files via File Explorer using Bash on Windows.
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