mimeopen - Man Page

Open files by mimetype


mimeopen [options] [-] files


This script tries to determine the mimetype of a file and open it with the default desktop application. If no default application is configured the user is prompted with an "open with" menu in the terminal.

To use this script you need the freedesktop mime-info database and the freedesktop desktop-file-utils package. See File::MimeInfo::Applications(3) for more details.


-a,  --ask

Do not execute the default application but ask which application to run. This does not change the default application.

-d,  --ask-default

Let the user choose a new default program for given files.

-n,  --no-ask

Don't ask the user which program to use. Choose the default program or the first program known to handle the file mimetype. This does not set the default application.

-M,  --magic-only

Do not check for extensions, globs or inode type, only look at the content of the file. This is particularly useful if for some reason you don't trust the name or the extension a file has.


Force the program to look in these directories for the shared mime-info database. The directories specified by the basedir specification are ignored.

-D,  --debug

Print debug information about how the mimetype was determined.

-h,  --help
-u,  --usage

Print a help message and exits.

-v,  --version

Print the version of the program and exit.

Deprecated Options

-L,  --dereference

Follow symbolic links. Deprecated because this is the logical default for this command. Ignored silently.


If you find bugs, please file them in our Github issue tracker at <https://github.com/mbeijen/File-MimeInfo/issues>.

See File::MimeInfo::Applications(3) and File::DesktopEntry(3) for some limitations.


Jaap Karssenberg <pardus@cpan.org> Maintained by Michiel Beijen <mb@x14.nl>

See Also

mimetype(1), update-mime-database(1), update-desktop-database(1), File::MimeInfo(3), File::MimeInfo::Applications(3)


2024-01-25 perl v5.38.2 User Contributed Perl Documentation