Open project folder in host OS

Bug #1584977 reported by Mithat Konar on 2016-05-23
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ashutosh Gangwar

Bug Description

Many IDEs and other project-based tools let you open the project's root folder (directory) in the host OS's file manager. I think it would be great if KiCad also had this ability.

description: updated
xzcvczx (xzcvczx) on 2016-05-24
Changed in kicad:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
xzcvczx (xzcvczx) wrote :

this is effectively what already happens... what do you hope to achieve with this?

I am not sure I follow your reply. How do you open a file manager from KiCad?

Nick Østergaard (nickoe) wrote :

What platform are you on?

tags: removed: feature.request

Application: kicad
Version: 4.0.2+dfsg1-stable release build
wxWidgets: Version 3.0.2 (debug,wchar_t,compiler with C++ ABI 1009,GCC 5.3.1,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Platform: Linux 4.5.0-2-amd64 x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
Boost version: 1.58.0

tags: added: starter
tags: added: kicad
Novak Tamas (novak-7) wrote :

In Win7, when in Kicad Launcher you invoke Browse - Open local file, you get a file open dialog, where you can browse to another folder, and make copy/paste operations, file renamings etc.
It's not a full Windows Explorer, but something like that.
Maybe this is what Simon meant in #1

Nick Østergaard (nickoe) wrote :

Hmm, yeah, that is also a bit weird. Maybe an option to just open the systems native file browser could be added or to replace that wierd edit file browser.

"Maybe an option to just open the systems native file browser could be added ..." Yes, this!

I'm pretty sure on most Linuxes,

xdg-open /path/to/project/directory

will automagically open the right file manager.

Jeff Young (jeyjey) on 2018-04-05
Changed in kicad:
status: New → Triaged
tags: added: ui
Changed in kicad:
status: Triaged → In Progress
Seth Hillbrand (sethh) on 2018-06-12
Changed in kicad:
milestone: none → 6.0.0-rc1
Jeff Young (jeyjey) on 2018-06-23
Changed in kicad:
milestone: 6.0.0-rc1 → 5.1.0
Laurent Haas (efcis) wrote :

A right-click option to open in the file explorer any directory displayed the left panel would be great as well.

Franck78 (fbourdonnec) wrote :

Patch Checked OK under LINUX OpenSuse (Kicad v5.0.0)

New menu entry under "Browse" menu with correct icon


as Laurent Haas, said, dbl-click + contextual menu is also the right place for any subdir

you have the Mac ;-)

I started doing this myself and then, when adding the bug report + patch, found that somebody already did the work.

Would be nice if this is merged.

Changed in kicad:
status: In Progress → Triaged
status: Triaged → In Progress

Hi, I updated the patch so it applies cleanly in the current master and added quotes to the path in case it contains spaces (previously was not working on paths with spaces).

Maciej Suminski (orsonmmz) wrote :

I have just tested the patch on Linux and it seems fine. I think it needs testing on other platforms as well due to cascaded #ifdef section, though in my opinion the risk is rather low.

Seth Hillbrand (sethh) wrote :

I can test Mac this weekend after my build machine comes up for air from the 5.0.1

That is unless Jeff want to give it a go first

Works fine on Windows.

Works fine on OSX, but it needs a platform-specific name (“Reveal in Finder”) to meet HIG.

Wayne Stambaugh (stambaughw) wrote :

Did anyone check to see if wxWidgets provides this functionality rather than having the ugly #ifdef/#else#/#endif block in the kicad code? Also, this code assumes explorer is always the default file manager on windows. This may not always the case if someone is using a third party file manager.

I've used wxLaunchDefaultApplication( project_dir ) on Linux and works fine, I don't know about other OSs though.

On Windows wxLaunchDefaultApplication( project_dir ) launches Firefox, not the Windows explorer.

I searched if wxWidgets provides a functionality to run the default file manager, but no luck.
(I am thinking this functionality does not exist)

Seth Hillbrand (sethh) wrote :

@jp- What is the application you have associated in Windows with folders?

Sorry, really sorry!

I make a mistake: I tested with wxLaunchDefaultBrowser, not wxLaunchDefaultApplication.

wxLaunchDefaultApplication( project_dir ) works fine on Windows.

I just did not know wxLaunchDefaultApplication().

Wayne Stambaugh (stambaughw) wrote :

wxLaunchDefaultApplication would be my preferred solution unless it doesn't work on all platforms but I suspect it does. Would someone please test this on macos to confirm that it provides the correct behavior?

KiCad Janitor (kicad-janitor) wrote :

Fixed in revision efe6b04ca21e4b268287d92d81edff588561e339

Changed in kicad:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → Ashutosh Gangwar (ashutoshgngwr)

This patch doesn't work in macOS, sorry!

Application: kicad
Version: (6.0.0-rc1-dev-1154-g2ea1bc978), debug build
    wxWidgets 3.0.4
    libcurl/7.54.0 LibreSSL/2.0.20 zlib/1.2.11 nghttp2/1.24.0
Platform: Mac OS X (Darwin 17.7.0 x86_64), 64 bit, Little endian, wxMac
Build Info:
    wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (UTF-8,STL containers,compatible with 2.8)
    Boost: 1.67.0
    OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
    Curl: 7.54.0
    Compiler: Clang 9.0.0 with C++ ABI 1002

Build settings:

Wayne Stambaugh (stambaughw) wrote :

@Michael, please file a new bug report since this only seems to affect macos. Would one of our macos devs please take a look at this when you get a chance.

Changed in kicad:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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