OS X: reveal file in console

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One of the neat things you can do in OS X is to reveal a file in Finder.app from some other applications. Turns out lots of the time, we also want to do that in the terminal. The following script helps you with that:

on run args
	set fullpath to do shell script "realpath " & (quoted form of first item of args)
	set theFile to POSIX file fullpath
	tell application "Finder"
		reveal theFile
	end tell


  1. You should put this into a directory in your search path. I recommend in ~/bin. Also remember to chmod +x.
  2. The above requires another script realpath, which returns the fullpath of a file. You can find it here.