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pipe html to a browser
#!/bin/sh -e
#
# Usage: browser
# pipe html to a browser
# e.g.
# $ echo '<h1>hi mom!</h1>' | browser
# $ ron -5 man/rip.5.ron | browser
if [ -t 0 ]; then
if [ -n "$1" ]; then
open $1
else
cat <<usage
Usage: browser
pipe html to a browser
$ echo '<h1>hi mom!</h1>' | browser
$ ron -5 man/rip.5.ron | browser
usage
fi
else
f="/tmp/browser.$RANDOM.html"
cat /dev/stdin > $f
open $f
fi
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iMichka commented May 27, 2021

Small heads up for an improvement: open can be replaced by xdg-open to make this work on Linux. Maybe the script could detect if it is used on Mac/Linux and use the correct command based on that.

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ernstki commented Sep 24, 2022

Small heads up for an improvement: open can be replaced by xdg-open to make this work on Linux. Maybe the script could detect if it is used on Mac/Linux and use the correct command based on that.

Here's @geoff-nixon's version as a standalone Bash script, with support already baked in for Quick Look or some other previewer. Requires bash to be somewhere in the search path if you're on Mac; should mostly work on Linux, too.

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