Use Typora from Shell or Cmd



You can use open -a typora to open the markdown file in Typora from a command line. If Typora is your default editor for .md files, when open would be enough.

You can also add

alias typora="open -a typora"

in your .bash_profile or other configuration file, then you would be able to simply type typora instead.

If you want to use command line to not only open existing files, but also creating new files when target .md file does not exists, you could add

alias typora="/Applications/"

in your .bash_profile or other configuration file.

Then if you run typora and does not exists, Typora will pop up a dialog to ask you whether to create target file or cancel the operation.


If Typora is set as the default markdown editor, then in cmd.exe, then typing .\ or start will open this markdown file.

To set Typora as the default markdown editor:

  1. Select one of your markdown files
  2. Open context menu and choose
    • Properties and then click on Change button, as shown in Figure 1
    • Open with -> Choose another app, as shown in Figure 2
  3. Choose Typora or Typora Launcher in How do you want to open this file? and set a checkmark for Always use this app to open .md files.

Figure 1 - File properties window
Figure 1 - Open Properties of Markdown file

Figure 2 - Application chooser window
Figure 2 - Application chooser

You could also add typora.exe in PATH, then use typora to open markdown file, or create new one if target file does not exists.


After installing Typora on Linux, user can run typora directly in terminal, for example:

typora ~/Document/