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I've found that running open -a Terminal /path/to/folder will open a new Terminal window at the given folder.

What is the best place to look to find documentation on all of the command-line arguments that accepts?

(my Google-fu seems to be broken today - I seem to keep finding articles on how to use "open" command with "--arg myargs" within Terminal, not what args Terminal actually takes)

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I looked at's Info.plist file for possible hints for arguments; I see the FilePath requirement, as a Service. Services are Mac OS X's way of interacting with other apps: If you drag a folder to the Terminal icon in the Dock, for instance, it'll do the same as 'open Terminal /path/to/folder'. Other things I see are hooks to open Unix man pages, but it's not clear as how to invoke this; I expect it'd be via a pulldown menu like other Mac OS services.

However, technically, it's not '' that accepted the argument in your query, but rather /usr/bin/open; this command has a man page which I need not copy here.

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Using my UNIX/LINUX-fu, have you tried (if it exists in mac) man terminal? from within terminal?

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Unfortunately, since Terminal is an application and not a command/binary, there isn't a man page – Hypermattt Apr 8 '13 at 15:52
does terminal have a help file? i know that sounds stupid but its worth a shot – Cole Busby Apr 8 '13 at 17:24
i just checked - looks like the help file only has the most basic info on Terminal usage :( – Hypermattt Apr 8 '13 at 17:43
what about running Terminal -h or Terminal -? or open -h / -? if you really need to do something big there's always applescript as well but that will defeat the purpose of using Terminal's command line to an extent. – Cole Busby Apr 8 '13 at 17:46
I appreciate your persistence @Cole, but Terminal is an application, not a command-line tool. Although it boggles the mind what would happen if you could run terminal from within the terminal… :P – Hypermattt Apr 8 '13 at 19:10

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