I quite often want to open my browser from the terminal, this is very easy to do by using the
sensible-browser command in Debian/Ubuntu distros.
A more cross-distribution alternative is
xdg-open this is acctualy more powerful because you also can open files with it. And for Mac OS X you need to use
open this command is similar to
xdg-open. These commands always open your default browser/program.
I really thinks these commands improve your workflow because you don’t need to leave the keyboard for opening the browser or a file.
sensible-browser index.html sensible-browser http://google.com xdg-open index.html xdg-open http://google.com xdg-open image.png open index.html open http://google.com open image.png