How to open a web browser in python

The webbrowser module in Python provides an interface to display Web-based documents.


Under most circumstances, simply calling the open() function from this module will do the right thing.

IN Unix, graphical browsers are preferred under X11, but text-mode browsers will be used if graphical browsers are not available or an X11 display isn’t available.

If text-mode browsers are used, the calling process will block until the user exits the browser.

Usage Examples

    Open url in a new window of the default browser, if possible, otherwise,
    open url in the only browser window.

    Open url in a new page (“tab”) of the default browser, if possible, 
    otherwise equivalent to open_new().

Webbrowser Script

This example will ask the user to enter a search term. A new browser tab will open with the search term in googles search field.

import webbrowser
google = raw_input('Google search:')
webbrowser.open_new_tab('' % google)

The script webbrowser can be used as a command-line interface for the module. It accepts an URL as the argument.

It accepts the following optional parameters:

  • -n opens the URL in a new browser window
  • -t opens the URL in a new browser page (“tab”)

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