Jakub Hampl Jakub Hampl - 3 months ago 17x
HTML Question

Open a folder in finder/explorer from a webpage?

If I have a file system path can I open a window in Explorer (on windows) or in Finder (on OS X) displaying the folder that the path leads to?

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You need to be able to run a new process from a browser. There are a few ways to do this. I'll show the JNLP way to do this.

Create a jnlp file as follows:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<jnlp spec="1.0+" codebase="http://example/" href="jnlpTest.jnlp">
        <title>Some Title</title>
        <vendor>Some Vendor</vendor>
        <homepage href="http://example/" />
        <description>Some Description</description>
        <j2se version="1.6+" />
        <jar href="jnlpTest.jar" />
    <application-desc main-class="MainClass" />

Create a jnlpTest.jar from the following:

public class MainClass {
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
        try {
            //TODO - different exec for Mac
        } catch (IOException e) {


With a Manifest:

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Main-Class: MainClass

Sign your JNLP jar:

keytool -genkey -keystore testKeys -alias jdc
jarsigner -keystore testKeys jnlpTest.jar jdc

place both the jar and jnlp file on a web server. Make sure the mime type JNLP is served as application/x-java-jnlp-file.

Reference for making a JNLP: http://java.dzone.com/articles/java-web-start-jnlp-hello

Now when a user clicks your jnlp link they will download the jar and be asked if it is ok to run. Running it will cause the explorer window to open. I know it's not the best solution, but any solution will require asking the users permission to execute code on their machine.