Mac OS X has the very convenient open command to open any file from the command line in the same way that the Finder would.

thilo$ open a.pdf

Is there a similar command for opening the file with Quick Look?

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qlmanage -p file will do what you want, I think.

  • qlmanage -p /PATH/TO/FILE works like a charm. If you need more info check man qlmanage
    – Chealion
    Jan 9, 2010 at 8:39
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    Nice. I'll alias that to "ql".
    – Thilo
    Jan 10, 2010 at 0:56
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    I have it aliased to qlmanage -p 2>/dev/null to suppress error messages. Feb 25, 2010 at 16:56

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