Opening file by clicking on atom://

When clicking on the install button for a package on atom.io will open in atom and directly activate the settings-view for installing that package. These special URLs start with atom://settings-view/...

I was wondering what other things are possible using atom:// links. In particular, is it possible to get atom to open a specific (local) file?

This is my approach … not using atom:// (which is an Atom custom protocol) … but creating other custom url protocol handlers to launch external applications from within Atom via terminal or hyperlinks. Common URI schemes are listed here

Using custom url protocol handlers can create a security problem and on first use they need to be registered in the first time user’s browser. There will be a reference to “xdg-open”.