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Thread: How to set default browser in xubuntu?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    How to set default browser in xubuntu?

    There seem to be several ways to set default browser, but all of them leave
    Firefox as default browser.
    Suppose I want to use Chrome
    1) Can start Chrome and then it asks if you want to set it as default. doesn't work\
    2) preferred applications. I set it to chrome. doesn't work and in fact after awhile
    it doesn't think i have set anything.
    3)There is an icon labelled WebBrowser on the menu. One can set the default browser.
    After a while, it also "forgets" that it has been set.

    Unfortunately My FireFox is broken so this is a real pain. (haven't been able to fix firefox either
    but that is a different issue.)

    I am running xubuntu 13.04

    There have been similar posts in the past, but apparently setting the default in preferred applications
    worked for them.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: How to set default browser in xubuntu?

    What do you see when you run:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
    Shortened urls: See point #11 here. And clicking on them could be risky.
    Use ubuntu-support-status with caution.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Arizona U.S.A.

    Re: How to set default browser in xubuntu?

    The default browser comes into play when opening an html file when a browser is not yet open (such as a saved file).

    Here is a method of setting the default browser you did not mention you had tried, and it is the only one I found that works in Lubuntu 13.04 - I understand you are using Xubuntu 13.04 - but perhaps it will work there too:

    Right-click on an html file saved in your file system. Select "properties" then use the "Open With" list to select your desired web browser. I found this changes the default.

    Note: I can't test this in Xubuntu 13.04, since I only have Firefox installed there.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Across The Pond
    Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: How to set default browser in xubuntu?

    Xubuntu 12.04 here. I have launchers for both Firefox and Chrome on my bottom panel. I can select the one I want, depending on what I wish to do. Would that work for you?
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Re: How to set default browser in xubuntu?

    what's the output of
    grep -E 'http|html|xml|chrome=' $HOME/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list


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