I've replaced Finder as the default folder-opening app by editing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices/com.apple.launchservices.secure.plist:

    LSHandlerContentType = "public.folder";
    LSHandlerPreferredVersions = {
        LSHandlerRoleAll = "-";
    LSHandlerRoleAll = "org.yanex.marta";

So now when I type open . or similar in the terminal, it opens the directory in Marta instead. That's good, I want that.


There's only one exception where I want to use Finder, and that's when opening the /Applications folder, since Marta is unable to delete stuff from /Applications.

I know this can be done with applescript, but applescripts have a few seconds' delay before they run, which I'm hoping to eliminate by using bash instead.

The purpose of all this is to have a script which can be called from raycast.

So far I've tried:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app /Applications # requires sudo

open /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app --args /Applications # just opens Finder but doesn't open the folder

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Testing in both macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur, the following command in Terminal opens a Finder window to /Applications:

open -a Finder /Applications

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