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View files stored on your computer

Browsers are happy to read files and directories stored locally on your computer by typing a file or directory path into the address bar.

I may have a text file on Windows in my Downloads folder.

Windows file path
C:\Users\Ben\Downloads\myfile.txt

You can paste this path into a browser tab address, and it will convert it into a browser-friendly file URI and render the document.

Browser address
file:///C:/Users/Ben/Downloads/myfile.txt

You can also browse your Windows drive.

Browser address for the C: drive
file:///C:/

I may have a text file located in my home directory.

Computer file path
/home/ben/myfile.txt

You can paste this path into a browser tab address, and it will convert it into a browser-friendly file URI and render the document.

Browser address
file:///home/ben/myfile.txt

You can also browse your hard drive.

Browser address for the hard drive
file:///

Chrome, Edge, Brave, or Vivaldi

Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, and other Chromium-based browsers require the Allow access to file URLs Extension Details setting enabled if you wish to use RetroTxt to view files stored on your computer.

Extension Details address
chrome://extensions/
Extension Details address
edge://extensions/
Extension Details address
brave://extensions/
Extension Details address
vivaldi://extensions/