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The most advanced links and files opener

The most advanced links and files opener

Configurations for any use

Configurations for any use

Increase your productivity

Increase your productivity

macOS native application

macOS native application

FAQ

  • OpenIn is native application for Intel and Apple Silicon architecture.
  • OpenIn allows you to convert mailto links to https links, allowing you to use Browsers as mail clients.
  • OpenIn can be a file opener, allowing you to configure which app you want to see in the list.
  • OpenIn can modify file open request, and send application a request to open a parent folder instead of the file. This is very handy, when you ask your favorite Editor to open parent folder instead of .xcodeproj.

How to configure OpenIn as a default Browser?

Open OpenIn preferences, if OpenIn is not configured as default browser you will see a warning, click Fix it.

OpenIn is not in the list of Default Web Browser in MacOS' Systems Preferences General, as it is not a browser. It is a tool, that can handle HTTP(s) links. And Apple requires that only browsers would be visible in there. The only way to make OpenIn as a default handler is from the OpenIn app itself.

How to configure OpenIn as a default Mail Application?

Open Mail.app preferences, and select OpenIn.app as a default Mail application. Refer to Apple Documentation. For App Store version, if you are using OpenIn Helper, you can do it from the app (SetApp version supports that out of the box).

How to configure OpenIn to use Gmail as a Mail Application?

  1. Go to the preferences tab of OpenIn and select Mail Apps.
  2. Add your favorite browser as an application.
  3. Configure custom properties for this application.
    • Select Convert to HTTPS link.
    • Set URL to https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?view=cm&source=mailto.
    • Set subject query parameter name to su.

How to configure OpenIn to use FastMail as a Mail Application?

  1. Go to the preferences tab of OpenIn and select Mail Apps.
  2. Add your favorite browser as an application.
  3. Configure custom properties for this application.
    • Select Convert to HTTPS link.
    • Set URL to https://www.fastmail.com/mail/compose.

How to configure OpenIn to use other email services as a Mail Application?

You need to find a correct url that will allow to compose a new message. In this URL you need to find a way to pass to, subject, body, cc and bcc as parameters. The most important is to. Having trouble figuring it out? Send us email to support@loshadki.app and we can help you with that.

How to configure default browser for a specific domain?

If you want to forward links with a specific domain to particular browser, you can configure it in the OpenIn preferences.

  1. Open OpenIn Preferences, Browsers tab.
  2. Select the browser you want to configure.
  3. Make sure that for this browser you have set Usage to By default (and rules) or Rules only.
  4. Under Domain Rules, Add a domain, for example *.amazon.*. That wil match all links that include amazon, like https://smile.amazon.com, https://amazon.com, https://amazon.gb, but not https://example.com?amazon.com.

How to configure default Mail Application for domains?

It is very common to have multiple mail services, one for work, one for personal use. If you want to open all mailto emails with domain @mycompany.com in a specific Mail Application without showing an application selection window.

  1. Open OpenIn Preferences, Mail Apps.
  2. Select the Mail Application you want to configure.
  3. Make sure that for this browser you have set Usage to By default (and rules) or Rules only.
  4. Add a match like *@mycompany.com.

How to open Zoom meetings in the Zoom application avoiding the browser?

  1. Open OpenIn Preferences, Browsers tab.
  2. Add zoom.us.app as custom browser application (Pro features required).
  3. All the configurations already set for this app (domain filter and URL rewrite rule)

None of these applications have their link formats documented. Unfortunately it is not as simple just to send the https link to the app to work. For example, for Zoom you need to convert https link to zoommtg (see Zoom URL Schemes), other applications expect different link formats, and usually we can find the scheme, but know nothing about what kind of parameters we need to attach.

OpenIn at this point knows only about Zoom. I would love to add support for other applications, if those applications are popular, and they have their URL schemes documented.

How to configure OpenIn as a default application for a file extension?

  1. Open OpenIn preferences
  2. At the bottom of File types click on add file type… and type the file extension you want to use. Alternatively you can just drop a file with a specific extension in the list.
  3. Select applications you want to use for this file extension.
  4. Open finder and select any file with desired file extension.
  5. In Finder with the right click open Get Info dialog on the file with desired file extension.
  6. In the dialog change the application in Open With to OpenIn and click on Change All…

For App Store version, if use OpenIn Helper, you can just click on Fix It for this file extension (SetApp version supports that out of the box).

Can I configure Profiles for Chromium based browsers?

Yes!

For App Store version you have to install OpenIn Helper, and have Pro Features (App Store Free trial or Purchased Pro).

SetApp version has all the Pro features enabled, and it does not require OpenIn Helper.

You can add the same browser (Google Chrome as an example) multiple times. For each in the configuration you can find Chromium Browser section, click on Use Profiles and put the folder of the Profile (it is not a name of the profile, but folder, which should be Default, Profile 1, Profile 2, etc..).

To know what name you need to put in the Profile, open a Google Chrome browser with the profile you want to configure, go to chrome://version, you will find a Profile Path. Copy and paste the last section of this path.

How to find out what to put in the Profile

How to find out what to put in the Profile

You can also configure this instance of Chromium browser in Incognito mode.

What can I do with Key Modifiers section?

Image if you want to use one browser by default all the time, but being able to open a browser selection when you click a link. In this case:

  • Browser 1 set to Usage: By Default (and rules). And set the Key Modifier to Command (as an example).
  • Browser 2 set to Usage: Rules only. And set the Key Modifier to Command as well.

Now when you click the link you by default open Browser 1, but if you click link with Command you will see 2 Browsers in App Selection Window.

What are the Pro features available in AppPurchase?

Refer to the Pro Features tab in the OpenIn Preferences. App Store version of OpenIn allows you to use them for 7 days for free (need to activate Free In-App-Purchase from Pro Features tab in Settings). SetApp users get Pro Features with SetApp subscription.

Does OpenIn support keyboard?

Yes, when you see the list, you can see assigned numbers to each application. Just click the number on the keyboard. Additionally, OpenIn supports TouchBar, where you will see the same list of applications.

In the App Selection Windows you can also press Command+C to copy a link to Clipboard.

Can I configure my own order for the applications and browsers?

Go to the OpenIn Preferences and change the order by dragging applications by clicking the most right icon in the application (3 horizontal lines).

Unfortunately not at this moment.

Imagine a situation without OpenIn. You have a Chrome browser and a Safari browser. On your Mac you configured Safari browser as a default browser. When you click links in Chrome, would you expect that Safari would open those links all the time? No.

OpenIn works the same way as any other browser on your Mac, it does not “hack” the system. It only can open the links that were sent to the system (Mac). But browsers don’t do that, they keep all the opened links inside the browser.

Is it possible to implement in future versions of OpenIn? I can think of one of two options:

  • Implement a browser extension for every possible browser. That will require a lot of work. I am Indie developer and don’t have resources at this point to build extension for every browser. But I might in the future.

  • Implement some kind of hack for the Mac to be able to do that. By overriding events inside the browser. I would not do that. I only use the API and capabilities provided by Apple.

Not sure about OpenIn, could you recommend alternatives?

If you feel like OpenIn is not a right tool for you, please take a look on alternatives. Most of them, I believe, only support selecting browsers for URL links.

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