Open URL

Open a URL.

Usage

var openURL = require( '@stdlib/utils/open-url' );

openURL( url )

Opens a URL in a user's default browser.

var proc = openURL( 'https://google.com' );

The returned child process is unreferenced, and, thus, the calling process will not wait for the child process to end before exiting. To try and end the child process, send an appropriate kill signal.

var proc = openURL( 'https://google.com' );

function close() {
    proc.kill( 'SIGINT' );
}

setTimeout( close, 1000 );

Web Browser

In a web browser, openURL defers to the window.open() method.

openURL( url )

Opens a URL either in a new tab or window (based on the web browser and/or user preferences), returning a reference to a window object.

var win = openURL( 'https://google.com' );

Examples

var openURL = require( '@stdlib/utils/open-url' );

// Open a URL:
var proc = openURL( 'https://github.com' );

// After some time, kill the spawned process...
function close() {
    proc.kill( 'SIGINT' );
}

setTimeout( close, 5000 );

CLI

Usage

Usage: openurl [options] <url>

Options:

  -h,    --help                Print this message.
  -V,    --version             Print the package version.

Examples

$ openurl https://github.com
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