Open a file from Terminal with Coda

If you’re like me, you love Coda. Well, you may find the need to open a file, or set of files, from Terminal in Coda. Gregory Tomlinson has created a bash script to let you do just that.

Update May 20, 2011: It turns out that Tomlinson’s website is down. So, here is a brief synopsis of what you can do to add this functionality to your Mac.

  • Open Terminal
  • In terminal, enter: open .profile
  • Add the following lines of code

    # TextMate

    # set path and simple shell function

    export TEXTMATE_PATH=/Applications/

    mate () {

    $TEXTMATE_PATH $1 $2 $3 $4 $5 $6


    # svn for TextMate (default editor, end-of-line types)

    export EDITOR="$TEXTMATE_PATH -w"

    export LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8

    # Coda

    # set path

    export CODA_PATH=/Applications/

    # function roughly like 'mate .' by expanding '.' to '*.htm*'

    coda () {

    if [[ "." == $1 ]]


    open -a $CODA_PATH *.htm*


    open -a $CODA_PATH $1 $2 $3



  • Save .profile
  • Quit Terminal
  • Restart Terminal

There is also a slightly more robust script written for Coda by Aditya Bhargava that handles a few more tidbits and it is available on GitHub.

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