Warning: don't use the actual protocol 'local' as described here. Make up your own protocol name using random letters that no-one can guess, as otherwise it could allow anyone to run local files on your computer.
- Use Script Editor to save this script as an Application Bundle (no startup screen):
on open location localURL set oldDelims to AppleScript's text item delimiters set AppleScript's text item delimiters to "local://" set thePath to item 2 of the text items of localURL set AppleScript's text item delimiters to oldDelims tell application "System Events" open ((POSIX file thePath) as string) end tell end open location
- Use the method described here and here to set
to the application bundle's Info.plist file, then change the PkgInfo file to contain
<key>CFBundleURLTypes</key> <array> <dict> <key>CFBundleURLName</key> <string>Local File</string> <key>CFBundleURLSchemes</key> <array> <string>local</string> </array> </dict> </array> <key>NSUIElement</key> <true/>
- Use the More Internet preference pane to add 'local' as a new protocol and choose the new application as the handler.
- Make hyperlinks in the form
local:///path/to/your/local/folder. Clicking those links should then open that file or folder.
Why is this useful? I'm using it with a private Wordpress weblog, where each category is linked to a local folder containing all the files related to that category.