Running terminal script mac osx to open web browser

Hi guys,
I am trying to have a shell command within a julia script. For instance, I am trying to open safari to a specific page.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


run(`open -a Safari`)

… supposedly you’re running macOS

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Thanks, that works great!

I am attempting to have a variable name for the link so that I can alter or push a start-time flag to the end of a youtube link.

This is what I have but it’s not working.

link =

a = run(`open -a Safari `+ link)
link = ""

a = run(`open -a Safari $link`)
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@favba’s solution is probably the best one, but a couple of other things to note. First - your link = http... code throws an error because it’s not parsed. Note the quotes around the link in favba’s solution - that makes it a string.

Another thing, you might be familiar with python syntax for string concatenation, where eg "a" + "b" == "ab", but in julia this is done with *

julia> "a" + "b"
ERROR: MethodError: no method matching +(::String, ::String)
Closest candidates are:
  +(::Any, ::Any, ::Any, ::Any...) at operators.jl:502
 [1] top-level scope at none:0

julia> "a" * "b"

Though this type of syntax doesn’t work with Cmd and String, so you should use interpolation as suggested.


Thank you for these tips. I have a related question. I tried mutating the script to open a specific file of my computer in SublimeText. The substitution I did does not work. When I don’t include the pathname, SublimeText opens but it does not open a specific file.




a = run(`open -a /Applications/Sublime\ /Users/nakultiruviluamala/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/PureData Cloud/XML/musicxmlextract.jl`)