How to open Firefox with URL in Linux via command line

Do you want to run firefox using a command terminal along with some URL? Follow the given steps on Ubuntu, CentOS, Linux Mint, Kali, Manjaro, or on any other GUI Linux distribution.

Firefox browser is the default one in almost every Linux operating system because of its open-source GPL license. As we know it it is a graphical user interface browser that can be started with just one click of the mouse. However, for those who want to start Firefox without leaving the command line terminal along with some URL, here is the tutorial on it.

Run Firefox with URL in command line Linux

Use Command terminal

Run the inbuilt terminal app of your Linux distro and follow the next command to access firefox.


Open FirexFox using the command line

If you only just want to start the browser on Linux using the terminal then run:



Start firefox with some URL

If you want to open firefox directly from the command terminal, then simply type firefox along with the URL of the website you want to visit.

Here is the syntax to follow:
firefox url &


Replace URL with the web page name your want to visit, for example:

firefox &

open firefox with some URL in command line linux


Well, the command line for Firefox is not just limited to this, we can do a lot more things, here are a few other tips or commands we can use to manage our browser.

URL in a new window of Firefox Linux

If we want to open a new URL of some website in a new Firefox window but without closing the existing one, then use the following command syntax:

firefox --new-window url

Replace the URL with the actual website name:

firefox --new-window url


Command to open new Tab in Firefox

Well, we already have an active tab and want to open a new URL in another tab of firefox via command line terminal then that is also possible, for that use:


firefox --new-tab url

Replace URL with website name, for example:

firefox --new-tab


Use the firefox command to search

The next thing is while using the command line if you want to find something about in Search engine such as Yahoo, Google, or in some else.

In Default Search engine of the browser:

firefox --search keyword

Replace the keyword with the term or text you want to search in the default Search engine of firefox. For example:

firefox --search how2shout

Whereas, we can also use the command to specify any particular search engine we want to use for searching keywords such as Google, Bing, or DuckDuckgo.

For that, at the end of the above-given command syntax, we have to mention the URL of the search engine. for example:

For Googlefirefox --search how2shout

For Bing: firefox --search how2shout

DuckDuckGo- firefox --search how2shout


Use command to open Firefox Options / Preferences in Linux

Directly open the Settings of browser using the terminal:

firefox --preferences

To learn about more commands type:

firefox --help

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