This Firefox extension scans pages for file:/// links and makes it possible to open them with the system's file browser (e. g. Windows Explorer).Target Audience
The extensions was created to assist people using local or enterprise intranet sites (e. g. Wikis)
where pages exist that link to files that are located on the local drive or on network shares.Details
Currently there are two methods of opening local file system links.1) Automatic file link recognition
An automatic file link recognition scans for hyperlinks with a file:/// prefix.
For each of these hyperlinks a folder icon will be inserted on the right side of the hyperlink.
If you click the icon the local file link is opened with the system's file browser (e. g. Windows Explorer).
In case of a link to a directory, the file browser opens the directory.
In case of a link to a file, the file will be selected (NOT executed) in the file browser.2) Page context menu entry
The extension adds an entry 'Open with Windows Explorer' to the page context menu that works on selected text.
It works as follows:
Supported file links
- Select a text portion that contains the path to a local file or folder (e. g. C:\Windows).
- Right click on the selection and choose 'Open with Windows Explorer' from the context menu.
- See the two cases above.
- Local disk file links like C:\Windows (file:///C:/Windows)
- Network share links (UNC paths) like \\server\folder\file.png (file://///server/folder/file.png). Note, that there are 5 slashes in a row after the file: part.
- Blanks in the path