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Please recommend an open-source gratis tool for Linux which provides a text input field in which the user can enter any folder (directory) name and the application will then open that folder in the default file manager.

Auto-complete is a requirement.

For example, let's say a user has the following folder structure:

/dev
/dev/assembly
/dev/C
/dev/perl
/dev/python

If the user launches this tool, and types the letter p, /dev/perl will appear. If they then type the letter y, /dev/python will appear. If they then press the enter key, /dev/python will be opened in their file manager.

The app needs to be fast enough to be used throughout the day; thus the folder tree may need to be cached by the app.

Although not a requirement, it will be nice if the user can define some folders to be blocked from appearing in the auto-complete results.

Ideally, the app will have an integrated option to launch it via a keyboard shortcut, but this functionality can be added via another tool, if needed.

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  • Does it need to work as a GUI?
    – Destroy666
    Commented Mar 16 at 18:19
  • @Destroy666 Yes and no. More yes, but a little no. I'll explain. I'll be using this tool dozens of times per day, so I don't want to have to drop into a terminal every time to use it (or have a large intrusive terminal window open up each time, if I am not currently in the terminal). I want to just assign this tool a quick keyboard shortcut to launch it, type a handful of characters, and press enter to open the desired folder. That said, this tool doesn't need to be super pretty. A simple text-based UI is sufficient. Commented Mar 17 at 0:20

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