How to open a Finder window from the Mac OS X Terminal

Jun 5, 2011 One-minute read

Today I was wondering how/if I could open a Finder window from my current location in Terminal.app.1

Turns out, it is pretty easy and straight-forward. From wherever you are in a Terminal window, simply enter

open .

to create a Finder window for your current location, as you see in the following screenshot:

How to open a Finder window from the OS X Terminal app

The Mac OS X open command also works using files as a parameter:

open mymovie.avi

will open your favorite OS X movie-playing application (in my case: VLC) to play mymovie.avi.