My default browser is Firefox. However, if Google Chrome is open and I click any link outside that browser (in a PDF or Telegram, for example), the default behavior is to open Firefox to access the link I've just clicked.

Is it possible to open a new browser only if no one is already open, using the already open browser instead of the default when available?

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    related (unanswered) question askubuntu.com/questions/1307357/…
    – graham
    Mar 15, 2021 at 15:30
  • I don't think it's related… The linked question is about opening the browser directly, while I want to open links with the open browser, instead of the default one. Mar 15, 2021 at 17:23
  • Same meat, different gravy. They are closely related enough to link. I was not using the link to answer your question nor was I denigrating your question but merely supporting it.
    – graham
    Mar 15, 2021 at 18:42
  • If such a solution existed, then imagine you have two different browsers currently open. In what browser should the link be opened?
    – raj
    Jul 18 at 10:24
  • @raj in case Firefox is already open (and the default browser), I think it should have priority... Oct 21 at 21:07

2 Answers 2


If you click on any link, it will open in the new tab of the default browser. There is no other solution. You can only copy the link, and paste in the desired browser tab.

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    Thanks, but it doesn't help!
    – rela589n
    Jan 2 at 14:26

Most likely this is not an solutions for your problem, but in my case I had to configure Firefox to be the default browser. Since on my Ubuntu Chrome was the default, any links opened in it, though Firefox was opened as well. Once I have changed the default to Firefox, it worked out.

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