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Simple DirectMedia Layer
Copyright (C) 1997-2021 Sam Lantinga <>
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#include "../SDL_sysurl.h"
#include "../../core/windows/SDL_windows.h"
#include <shellapi.h>
/* */
SDL_SYS_OpenURL(const char *url)
WCHAR* wurl;
/* MSDN says for safety's sake, make sure COM is initialized. */
const HRESULT hr = WIN_CoInitialize();
if (FAILED(hr)) {
return WIN_SetErrorFromHRESULT("CoInitialize failed", hr);
wurl = WIN_UTF8ToStringW(url);
if (wurl == NULL) {
return SDL_OutOfMemory();
/* Success returns value greater than 32. Less is an error. */
rc = ShellExecuteW(NULL, L"open", wurl, NULL, NULL, SW_SHOWNORMAL);
return (rc > ((HINSTANCE) 32)) ? 0 : WIN_SetError("Couldn't open given URL.");
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