I just installed Raspbian on a Pi 3 and I am having a lot of fun with it. One thing has me stymied, though:

On Mac OS, if you're in the bash Terminal, you can enter:

open .

and this will launch Finder (the graphical file manager) on the current directory. Of course you could also enter open ~ or open /path/to/some/other/dir.

On the Windows command line, you can enter start . to launch Windows explorer on the current directory, or start c:\some\other\directory etc.

What's the equivalent command in stock Raspbian?

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This is not really RasPi specific and just depends on your OS / it's installed file manager.

For Raspbian, that should be pcmanfm So pcmanfm .

  • And you can also run it via sudo if you want to play around in the guts with full permissions.
    – SDsolar
    Apr 29, 2017 at 21:59
  • Thanks! I'm mildly surprised that it's a matter of just entering the name of the file manager; Mac OS and Windows add one layer of indirection.
    – Raja1999
    Apr 30, 2017 at 12:37

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