Instance Method


Opens the specified file and optionally deactivates the sending app.


- (BOOL)openFile:(NSString *)fullPath withApplication:(NSString *)appName andDeactivate:(BOOL)flag;



The full path to the file.


The name of the app to use when opening the file.


If YES, the sending app is deactivated before the request is sent, allowing the opening app to become the active app.

Return Value

YES if the file was successfully opened; otherwise, NO.


The appName parameter need not be specified with a full path and, in the case of an app wrapper, may be specified with or without the .app extension, as described in Use of .app Extension. If appName is nil, the default app for the file’s type is used.

It is safe to call this method from any thread in your app in macOS 10.6 and later.

See Also

Opening Files

- openURL:

Opens the location at the specified URL.

- openFile:

Opens the specified file specified using the default app associated with its type.

- openFile:withApplication:

Opens a file using the specified app.

- openFile:fromImage:at:inView:

Opens a file using the default app for its type and animates the action using a custom icon.