Emacs: Show in Desktop 🚀

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's a command to open the current file in desktop folder viewer. (Microsoft File Explorer, Mac's Finder, Linux's file manager.)

put this in your Emacs Init File:

(defun xah-show-in-desktop ()
  "Show current file in desktop.
 (Mac Finder, Microsoft Windows File Explorer, Linux file manager)
This command can be called when in a file buffer or in `dired'.

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  (let ((xpath (if (eq major-mode 'dired-mode)
                   (if (eq nil (dired-get-marked-files))
                     (car (dired-get-marked-files)))
                 (if buffer-file-name buffer-file-name default-directory))))
     ((eq system-type 'windows-nt)
      (shell-command (format "PowerShell -Command invoke-item '%s'" (expand-file-name default-directory )))
      ;; (let ((xcmd (format "Explorer /select,%s"
      ;;                     (replace-regexp-in-string "/" "\\" xpath t t)
      ;;                     ;; (shell-quote-argument (replace-regexp-in-string "/" "\\" xpath t t ))
      ;;                     )))
      ;;   (shell-command xcmd))
     ((eq system-type 'darwin)
       (concat "open -R " (shell-quote-argument xpath))))
     ((eq system-type 'gnu/linux)
      (call-process shell-file-name nil 0 nil
                    (format "%s %s"
                            (file-name-directory xpath)))
      ;; (shell-command "xdg-open .") ;; 2013-02-10 this sometimes froze emacs till the folder is closed. eg with nautilus

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