There is cool CLI utility an gnome-open file which does an application launch given the file the same way as douburu-clicking on this file in file-manager of gnome.

How should I do the same with kde? (launch the same application as it will be done as doubre clicking it in konquerorer?)

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KDE's version of that command is kde-open.

However, there's also a universal version that should work in any desktop environment called xdg-open. Get in the habit of using that and you won't need to figure out a new command if you decide to switch to something else besides KDE later.

  • when the kde-open and xdg-open was added? (which version of ubuntu and"or version of kde"gnome)
    – osgx
    Jun 4, 2011 at 23:22
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    xdg-open seems to have been in Ubuntu as early as 8.04 Hardy Heron. It's part of the xdg-utils package which is usually installed by default. kde-open has been in KDE since KDE 3, before Ubuntu even existed.
    – Patches
    Jun 4, 2011 at 23:44
  • To learn more about xdg-open see this answer for related question. Jan 10, 2017 at 18:26

Also, kfmclient exec seems to do the thing.

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