Netrw able to execute file with xdg-open by pressing x, how about NERDTree ?

[Response to downvote]

If xdg-open can so easy/direct to work (which is the reason of downvote), then what's the point for this plugin (https://github.com/aufgang001/vim-nerdtree_plugin_open) exist ? Of course i do a quick try but it didn't work too.

  • Try :help nerdtree.
    – romainl
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 22:47
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    Thanks for those downvote because i'm not even can make help manual work for NERDTree. Both :helptags ~/.vim/doc and help ~/.vim/bundle/nerdtree/doc/ doesn't work. Which keyword should i use to grep the 1253 lines' help file ? external and xdg doesn't work. and simply o is open file in vim, not xdg-open.
    – 林果皞
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 23:02
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    You are not supposed to "grep" the help file; you are supposed to "read" it. Once you have read it and it doesn't mention xdg-open anywhere, what conclusion can you make about NERDTree's ability to use xdg-open? Anyway, this place is not a support board for random plugins. Use their issue tracker.
    – romainl
    Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 0:23

2 Answers 2


For those curious, if NerdTree can xdg-open: Yes it can.

  • Put the cursor on the desired file.

  • Press m for the context menu.

  • Press o to open in the system editor.

  • Enjoy.


I figure out the reason why this plugin doesn't work:

git clone https://github.com/aufgang001/vim-nerdtree_plugin_open.git ~/.vim/vim-nerdtree_plugin_open.git

The instruction is wrong, it should put inside ~/.vim/bundle (at least in my case):

git clone https://github.com/aufgang001/vim-nerdtree_plugin_open.git  ~/.vim/bundle/vim-nerdtree_plugin_open.git

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