WWWBrowser(3) platform independent means to start a WWW browser


use WWWBrowser;
WWWBrowser::start_browser($url, -oldwindow => 1);


start_browser($url [, %args])

Start a web browser with the specified URL. The process is started in background.

The following optional parameters are recognized:

-oldwindow => $bool
Normally, the URL is loaded into a new window, if possible. With "-oldwindow" set to a false window, "WWWBrowser" will try to re-use a browser window.
-browser => $browser
Use (preferebly) the named browser $browser. See ``CONFIGURATION'' for a some browser specialities. This option will only work for unix.


For unix, the global variable @WWWBrowser::unix_browsers can be set to a list of preferred web browsers. The following browsers are handled specially:
lynx, w3m
Text oriented browsers, which are opened in an "xterm", "kvt" or "gnome-terminal" (if running under X11). If not running under X11, then no background process is started.
Use "openURL" method of kfm.
Use "-remote" option to re-use a running netscape process, if possible.
Look into the "~/.gnome/Gnome" configuration file for the right browser.

The following variables can be defined globally in the main package:

Short name of operating system ("win", "mac" or "unix").
Error handling function (instead of default "warn").


For Windows, the Win32Util module should be installed in the path.


Slaven Rezic <[email protected]>


Copyright (c) 1999,2000,2001,2003 Slaven Rezic. All rights reserved. This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.