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
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.
Do not execute the default application but ask which application to
run. This does not change the default application.
Let the user choose a new default program for given files.
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.
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.
Print debug information about how the mimetype was determined.
Print a help message and exits.
Print the version of the program and exit.
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
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
mimetype(1), update-mime-database(1), update-desktop-database(1),
perl v5.20.2 2015-02-23 MIMEOPEN(1p)
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