I used to use nautilus . command to open the graphical folder / file viewer in red hat linux. Now I moved to mac and it seems that there is no nautilus support in it. Is there any equivalent command that I can use. My scenario is like this, I open a Terminal, go to the folder I want let's say /Users/user1/myapps and I do want to use a command that by typing it in Terminal, it bring me the graphical folder / files view where I am.

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Yes, there's a command for this, just type:

open .

open is the command line equivalent of double clicking a file or directory in the Finder. open either starts the standard application associated with the filesystem object provided as argument or, when used with option -a , the application specified.

open has some other interesting options, see man open for more information.

  • Indeed, it's exactly like 'gnome-open .' or 'xdg-open .', one or both of which would probably also have worked in any environment in which you were running nautilus.
    – calum_b
    Dec 31, 2016 at 15:13

apart from open . you can also install Macports and get nautilus itself, I find it better/useful than Finder. Building a nautilus from git clone git://git.gnome.org/nautilus is also possible but they recommend Fedora 25 and Ubuntu 16.10 so macports' sudo port install nautilus just might be easier and smart choice :)

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