Emacs: Open File Path Under Cursor

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Alt+x find-file-at-point. It'll open the file path under cursor. (also works for URL).

This is very useful in shell output or in HTML file.

If the path under cursor is URL, it'll launch browser. You can tell emacs which browser to use. [see Emacs: Set Default Browser]

One thing annoying is that it'll prompt to confirm.

The following command will open the file path under cursor without confirmation.

(defun xah-open-file-at-cursor ()
  "Open the file path under cursor.
If there is text selection, uses the text selection for path.
If the path starts with “http://”, open the URL in browser.
Input path can be {relative, full path, URL}.
Path may have a trailing “:‹n›” that indicates line number. If so, jump to that line number.
If path does not have a file extention, automatically try with “.el” for elisp files.
This command is similar to `find-file-at-point' but without prompting for confirmation.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_open_file_path_fast.html'
Version 2017-09-01"
  (let* (($inputStr (if (use-region-p)
                        (buffer-substring-no-properties (region-beginning) (region-end))
                      (let ($p0 $p1 $p2
                                ;; chars that are likely to be delimiters of file path or url, e.g. space, tabs, brakets. The colon is a problem. cuz it's in url, but not in file name. Don't want to use just space as delimiter because path or url are often in brackets or quotes as in markdown or html
                                ($pathStops "^  \t\n\"`'‘’“”|()[]{}「」<>〔〕〈〉《》【】〖〗«»‹›❮❯❬❭·。\\"))
                        (setq $p0 (point))
                        (skip-chars-backward $pathStops)
                        (setq $p1 (point))
                        (goto-char $p0)
                        (skip-chars-forward $pathStops)
                        (setq $p2 (point))
                        (goto-char $p0)
                        (buffer-substring-no-properties $p1 $p2))))
           "^file:///" "/"
            ":\\'" "" $inputStr))))
    (if (string-match-p "\\`https?://" $path)
        (if (fboundp 'xahsite-url-to-filepath)
              (find-file (xahsite-url-to-filepath $path)))
          (progn (browse-url $path)))
      (progn ; not starting “http://”
        (if (string-match "^\\`\\(.+?\\):\\([0-9]+\\)\\'" $path)
              (let (
                    ($fpath (match-string 1 $path))
                    ($line-num (string-to-number (match-string 2 $path))))
                (if (file-exists-p $fpath)
                      (find-file $fpath)
                      (goto-char 1)
                      (forward-line (1- $line-num)))
                    (when (y-or-n-p (format "file doesn't exist: 「%s」. Create?" $fpath))
                      (find-file $fpath))))))
            (if (file-exists-p $path)
                (find-file $path)
              (if (file-exists-p (concat $path ".el"))
                  (find-file (concat $path ".el"))
                (when (y-or-n-p (format "file doesn't exist: 「%s」. Create?" $path))
                  (find-file $path ))))))))))

Be sure to give it a easy key. [see Emacs: How to Define Keys]

Current File Commands

  1. Emacs: Open File Path Under Cursor
  2. Emacs: Copy File Path of Current Buffer
  3. Emacs: Run Current File
  4. Emacs: Delete Current File
  5. Emacs: Backup Current File
  6. Emacs: Batch Convert Line Ending in Dired
  7. Emacs: Open File in External App

Open File topics

  1. Emacs: File Manager, dired
  2. Emacs: Bookmark Tutorial
  3. Emacs: Open Recently Opened File
  4. Emacs: Open File Fast
  5. Emacs: Open Last Closed File
  6. Emacs: Open File Path Under Cursor

Buffer topics

  1. Emacs: List Buffers
  2. Emacs: Switch Buffer
  3. Emacs: New Empty Buffer
  4. Emacs: Next/Previous User Buffer
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