Is there any way to initiate opening file in system default application in Add-on SDK environment, or at least in Firefox plugin in general?
I'm looking for multi-platform solution, so I'd rather avoid things like platform detection +
require("sdk/system/child_process").exec() + (
Something like Desktop#open from Java world would be ideal.
The solution is method nsIFile#launch(). Instance of nsIFile based on file path can be obtained using FileUtils#File constructor.
Following code demonstrates usage of
launch method to open home directory in default file browser in Add-on SDK code.
var homeDir = require('sdk/system').pathFor('Home'); require('chrome').Cu.import('resource://gre/modules/FileUtils.jsm'); new FileUtils.File(homeDir).launch();