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How to Open a Finder Window from Terminal on macOS and OS X

How to Open a Finder Window from Terminal on macOS and OS X

Don’t want to open files and mass-delete from the command line? Find out below how to open the current—or any—folder in a new Finder window right from the Terminal prompt with a short command.

First, If You Had Colorful Dreams Tonight,

chances are you grew up with a color TV and monitor.

I can say that because chances are you grew up with colors on your screens—but also because people who watched black and white TV as kids typically report dreaming in grays when asked while later generations tend to see colors.

Whether you grew up with monochromatic screens and terminal prompts, their commands are typically a dream when it comes to efficiency; you can efficiently open a colorful Finder window, for instance:

How to Open a Finder Window from Terminal on macOS and OS X

To open the current folder in a new Finder window from the Terminal app on a Mac running macOS:

  1. Type
    open .
    (“open” followed by whitespace character followed by a dot) at the Terminal window’s prompt.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. If the Finder window does not jump to the front, click Finder in the Dock.

To open any folder in a new Finder window from a Terminal prompt on macOS:

  1. Type
    open
    followed by the folder you want to open at the Terminal window’s prompt.
    • Type open ~/Downloads to open the default Downloads folder, for example.
  2. Press Enter.

(How to open a Finder window from the Terminal on macOS and OS X tested with macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”; updated November 2017; title image: StockUnlimited)

Heinz Tschabitscher

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