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OpenTerminal opens the Terminal with cd command.

When you are working in the Finder and you discover that you need a terminal window you have to open "Terminal" and "cd" to the folder you were working on. With OpenTerminal you just click its icon or use the Finder's contextual menu and a terminal with the correct path shows up.

The advantage of OpenTerminal over other available tools is that it can run in the background (without using processor time) and react instantly because it doesn't have to start up first. It's also more refined than the other tools I know of: it includes workarounds for several Finder and Terminal more...

What's New

Version 2.07:
  • Works better with Mac OS X's Spaces feature
  • Includes some new workarounds for iTerm bugs
  • The alternative icon for the Finder's toolbar has been updated so it's no longer misaligned.
  • Works better with Visor (added in 2.06b)

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • iTerm support has been tested with version 0.10


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Jichi Member IconReview+20
Jichi
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Has been using OpenTerminal for years. And still my best choice on OS X Lion.

However, after switched to iTerm2 from iTerm, I found OpenTerminal didn't work with iTerm2. Wish the developer add the support for iTerm2 as well.

I used this app with iKey and mapped MAC+F1 to open iTerm here which saved me lot of time. I would definitely purchase this app if it goes on AppStore. Anyway, thx a lot for the developer for his work.

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Version 2.07
Temhawk
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+1, I want OpenTerminal to use iTerm2.

Ulyssesric Member IconComment+126
Ulyssesric
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@monoclast:
Thanks for the "cdf" idea. But the script failed to work when the pathname contains white spaces. I've tweaked the script for a work-around:

alias cdf="eval \"cd \\\"\\\`osascript -e 'tell app \\\\\\\"Finder\\\\\\\" to return the POSIX path of (target of window 1 as alias)'\\\`\\\"\""

Adding this line to ~/.bashrc, and every terminal environment could "cdf" to the directory of the frontmost Finder window.

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Version 2.07
Ulyssesric
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It seemed MU will modify the escape character...
All the backslashes showed up there shall be doubled:

alias cdf="eval \\"cd \\\\\\"\\\\\\`osascript -e 'tell app \\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Finder\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" to return the POSIX path of (target of window 1 as alias)'\\\\\\`\\\\\\"\\""

Ulyssesric Member IconComment+126
Ulyssesric
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@monoclast:
Thanks for the "cdf" idea. But the script failed to work when the pathname contains white spaces. I've tweaked the script for a work-around:

alias cdf="eval \"cd \\\"\\\`osascript -e 'tell app \\\\\\\"Finder\\\\\\\" to return the POSIX path of (target of window 1 as alias)'\\\`\\\"\""

Adding this line to ~/.bashrc, and every terminal environment could "cdf" to the directory of the frontmost Finder window.

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Version 2.07
Ethan Member IconComment+2
Ethan
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By far the best approach for anyone who is a heavy cli user. cdto is buggy, not updated, and relies on appscript for iTerm. The background app is also a different approach than most so its speed is a bit faster.

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Version 2.07
Crunc Member IconReview+64
Crunc
+1

Amazing customer service, especially seeing how this is free! And such a useful utility. Thanks again for the tweak to make it work great with Visor!

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Version 2.06
Crunc Member IconComment+64
Crunc
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I like this a lot, except that it doesn't seem to work well with Visor. I hope the developer can get that working. Perhaps in cooperation with the developers of Visor?

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Version 2.06
Thomas Wiesehöfer (Developer)
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It seems to work if you choose the "Use an existing Terminal session if possible" option and disable the "Use tabs instead of windows" option in OpenTerminal's preferences (hold down the option key while launching OpenTerminal to open the preferences window).
If it still doesn't work, please e-mail me.

Crunc
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Well, that does make it work somewhat, but it doesn't open up the visor. It works invisibly, and then I need to bring up the Visor to see it. That will work for now, but any chance you could get it to open the Visor too?

Thomas Wiesehöfer (Developer)
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I've made a very small change to OpenTerminal (so no new version number) and it can now open Visor. "Show on relaunch" must be selected in the Visor preferences.

Just redownload OpenTerminal and e-mail me if it doesn't work.

Crunc
+0

It works great now! Thanks so much! 5 stars coming shortly...

HeiLei Member IconComment+4
HeiLei
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Snow Leopard compatibility? Any news?

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Version 2.0.5
Thomas Wiesehöfer (Developer)
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Oh, I'm sorry, I don't use the contextual menu myself and hadn't even noticed that it doesn't work in Snow Leopard anymore. Since Snow Leopard (in 64-bit mode) doesn't support contextual menu plugins at all, I have added a "service" that can be displayed in the contextual menu in Snow Leopard's Finder.

If you find another bug, please e-mail me directly and I'll try to help more quickly. (You can find my e-mail address at the bottom of the readme file.)

Damien Pollet Member IconComment+7
Damien Pollet
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2.0.4 doesn't seem to find (a recent) iTerm…

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Version 2.0.4
Thomas Wiesehöfer (Developer)
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The iTerm developers changed the bundle identifier. OpenTerminal 2.0.5 now recognizes the new identifier.

Damien Pollet
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Thanks !

TexLogic Member IconReview+2
TexLogic
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Extremely useful utility, nicely implemented.

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Version 2.0.4
hazmat Member IconComment+10
hazmat
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Great stuff! Thanks so much.

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Version 2.0.4
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Downloads 10,354
Version Downloads 2,866
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 31 Jul 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free