One of the things I like about using Mutt is that I don't have to use the mouse pretty much at all. I get a lot of emails that contain links, though, whether they're validation ("click on this link to validate your account") or from Facebook or other similar sites. What I want to know is, is there a way to open these links without clicking on them?
I also want to advise using
urlscan instead of
urlview. Its man page explains what needs to be added to your .muttrc to get it to display your email links. I found it to be better than
urlview for two reasons:
- It does not truncate URLs like
- It also displays the text in the context of which the URL occurs, which is very helpful when you have an email with many links. In my experience,
urlviewdoesn't do this.
I recently made this switch and have found mutt to be a lot more usable when it comes to opening links from it.
Yes, the easiest method is with the
urlview helper utility for mutt. The urlview utility is a curses program designed to be a URL extractor and launcher. The method of installation depends on your target operating system. It can be obtained from the mutt ftp site.
Once installed, place this in your
macro pager \cb 'urlview' 'Follow links with urlview'
You can now use Ctrl + b to launch urlview in the pager.
An alternative to
w3m, a text based web browser and pager.
macro index,pager \cb ": unset wait_key; set pipe_decode\n|w3m\n: set wait_key; unset pipe_decode\n" "call w3m to extract URLs out of a message"
After typing Ctrl-B to launch
: (a colon) to tell
w3m to convert URL strings to links.
You may also want to w3m's Option Setting Panel (type
o) and set the "Treat URL-like strings as links in all pages" to YES. Then you won't have to keep typing
: as you page through the message.
A no-plugins alternative (hackish).
macro index,pager gu "| grep -Eom1 '(http|https)://[a-zA-Z0-9./?=_-&]*' > /tmp/mutt_url; google-chrome $(cat /tmp/mutt_url); rm /tmp/mutt_url<enter>"
Pressing gu will find the first url in a highlighted or open email (by grepping for http, change it to whatever you feel is appropriate in your situation) and opening it in chrome.