I want to create command in terminal that would allow me to use

chrome index.html

and have the the given file open in Google Chrome.

How can I get this working?


4 Answers 4


You can use the open command with the -a flag to open a file or location in Chrome:

open -a "Google Chrome" index.html

This also works with URLs, i.e. open -a "Google Chrome" http://www.apple.com.

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    You can also make it just like in the question using alias: alias chrome='open -a "Google Chrome"' chrome index.html
    – valbaca
    Feb 27, 2013 at 6:08
  • Note: It also accepts globbing and will open in your current window, so e.g. open -a "Google Chrome" *.html opens all the matched html files as new tabs in the current Chrome's (active?) window Sep 22, 2019 at 8:54

I found this way more beautiful:

  1. Edit ~/.bash_profile file and add the following line alias chrome="open -a 'Google Chrome'"
  2. Save and close the file.
  3. Either run source ~/.bash_profile or open a new window in Terminal.

You can now open the file, file.html, by running: chrome file.html on the command line.


When using this from a script or some automation tool I prefer to alias to the complete binary so I have access to all the command line options, (like --version ...)

alias chrome="/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome"
chrome --version
chrome -open index.html

Then if you want to have this alias permanently you can add it to your .bash_profile manually or using this little snippet:

echo "alias chrome=\"/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome"\" >> ~/.bash_profile

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    I had to specify "shopt -s expand_aliases" in my bash script to use an alias.
    – blakemade
    Apr 11, 2020 at 22:39

From anywhere

start chrome path/file.html

just type the file name with extension if you are at that folder where file reside and your default browser should be chrome.


if chrome is not default Browser for that file

start chrome index.html
  • I get -bash: start: command not found when running start chrome, and -bash: index.html: command not found when entering index.html. Is there an addon which needs to be installed to make this work?
    – nohillside
    Apr 17, 2021 at 13:00

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