How can I change my default text editor from gedit to Emacs?
Here is what worked in my case:
- Right click on a text file.
- Choose "Properties" (not "Open With...")
- Click on the "Open With" tab.
- Choose your new text editor.
- Mark chosen text editor using a button "Set as default".
This also works on 12.04 and 13.04.
@ Edit: based on comments it does work on all distros until 20.04
Right click on a text file, point to "Open With" and it'll show other editors in a sub-menu. Click on "Other Application...". It'll show you a dialog with a list of applications, select Emacs and make sure the "Remember this application for "plain text document" file" option is checked. Click "Open".
I don't use a DE, but for my configurations the next command is the best:
- it selects your default sensible-editor from all installed editors
- must run with current user
- you must have more than one editor in your system
If you would like to replace gedit with any other text editor for all file types, the easiest is to edit the
defaults.list file located here:
Just find and replace all
gedit.desktop references with your own editor (in this case
You need root permissions to edit the file. So, just do:
sudo -H gedit /usr/share/applications/defaults.list
Save the file, close it and it's done.
On Ubuntu 20, you need to change the
gnome-text-editor alternatives link from
gedit to the one you want. However, there usually is only one such editor detected so
update-alternatives --config won't work; you'll have to add the editor you want.
E.g. to add
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gnome-text-editor gnome-text-editor /usr/bin/notepadqq 50 sudo update-alternatives --config gnome-text-editor
For some reason I had to use
xdg-mime default org.gnome.gedit.desktop text/plain # For current user
you can use your system-wide .desktop files under
or local files under
~/.local/share/applications/ or create your own.