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Open - Apple's little secret

OS X’s open command is the secret sauce for gluing web control panels to OS X applications.
Adding a web control panel to a Mac application can be achieved simply through the use of your favourite web scripting language SSH and the open command. In my case I use phpseclib ( to log in to a mac and then exec the open command with the full path to the application and any arguments.

An example would be:

open -a /Applications/QuickTime\

Finer control can be had by invoking an osascript and it may also be necessary to close running applications before attempting to start them with new arguments.