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Open files/directories in a vagrant synced folder on the host

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When connected to a vagrant machine via ssh, this allows the user to open files and directories on the host machine without tunnelling.

This functionality is restricted to only files/directories in synced folders.


  • python3

  • vagrant



You can install hostopen with pip

pip3 install hostopen

This will give the commands: hostopen and hostopen-server

Vagrantfile configuration

The virtual machine needs access to the synced_folders file for this program to work. This file is located in the .vagrant directory in the same root as the Vagrantfile.

Add a similiar line to the Vagrantfile:

config.vm.synced_folder ".vagrant/machines/default/virtualbox", "/.vagrant_info"

This assumes the machine is named ‘default’ and you are using ‘virtualbox’. Change where appropriate.


vagrant ssh -- -R 12355:localhost:12355

The arbitrarily chosen default port of 12355 can be changed.

Usage Examples

You can use hostopen --help and hostopen-server --help for usage information.


hostopen directory

Will make the server open and directory if they are inside of a synced folder.


hostopen-server subl

Filepaths received will be opened with sublime. subl can be substitued for a different program.


Copyright (c) Jake Treacher. All rights reserved.
Licensed under the MIT License.

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