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Script to Open Files and Folders on Mac

To open a file or folder on a Mac, the user will have to navigate to the location on the Finder application and click on the file or use the context menu ‘Open With’ option to open the file with the relevant application. This method is tedious for the device administrator when managing multiple endpoints and impractical when opening multiple files or folders with the non-default application or even when doing a batch operation. On the other hand, using a script to automate this process is easy, efficient, and effective. This doc includes shell scripts that you can run using Hexnode’s Execute Custom Script action to open files or folders on a Mac remotely.

Scripting Language – Bash

File extension – .sh


The Sample Scripts provided below are adapted from third-party Open-Source sites.

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Open file

The open command can be used to open a file, folder or URL. Some of the ways you can use the command in this respect –

  • open -b 'path to TextFile.txt' opens the document in the application specified (in this case, TextEdit).
  • open opens the URL in the default browser.

In Bash, before inserting space while defining file or folder names, we use a backslash \ to separate the characters. This will prevent the shell interpreter from interpreting the space as a separator and assuming they were two different arguments. Hence, if the path is New Folder/myFile we write it as New\ Folder/myFile or use single quotes as 'New Folder/myfile' instead.


  • It is recommended to manually validate the script execution on a system before executing the action in bulk.
  • Hexnode will not be responsible for any damage/loss to the system on the behavior of the script.

  • Sample Script Repository