Open a New Google Chrome Tab (Or Window) via Command Line on Mac

Published: Sep 16, 2019
Updated: May 3, 2021

Ever been in your terminal and wanted to open a new chrome tab (or window), without actually switching to chrome? Well, it’s possible. Checkout these examples:

# Open URL in new tab
open --new -a "Google Chrome" --args ""

# Open URL in new window
open --new -a "Google Chrome" --args --new-window ""

I prefer to wrap these commands in bash functions so that I don’t have to remember their syntax:

chrome_open_tab() {
  open --new -a "Google Chrome" --args $@

chrome_open_window() {
  open --new -a "Google Chrome" --args --new-window $@

You can pass multiple URLs:

chrome_open_tab "" "" ""