I just did a fresh install of 12.10 and are now left wondering how to set mplayer as a global default application for video. I created a mplayer.desktop and added the same categories as totem has, however still no luck selecting it from the detailed Settings.

A similar problem is with thunderbird, which Id like to set as default calendar app. However I can only select gedit, for whatever reasons.

Any help would be very much appreciated!



go into system settings -> details -> default applications and set up your default applications as needed, in this case, video -> mplayer

  • I have the same problem on 12.04 with thunderbird not showing up as an option for calendar application, any ideas how to include it on the list?
    – taneli
    Nov 27 '12 at 6:13
  • I guess I didn't make myself clear enough, mplayer is not listed in the detailed default applications. Hence my question. Any other ideas?
    – JavaJens
    Nov 27 '12 at 6:34

Find a movie file, right click properties, open with…, set default.

Repeat for each movie file format.

TO set it as default, modify your mplayer.desktop like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Mplayer media player
GenericName=Media player
Comment=Read, capture, broadcast your multimedia streams
Exec=mplayer %U

Log out and in again. You should be able to set it as default.

Source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1878236

  • I don't want set a default player for each format. I'd like to set it as a general default.
    – JavaJens
    Nov 27 '12 at 6:35
  • I think the mplayer.desktop I've created was missing something. In general it looked like this one, but differed in such that yours worked. Thanks alot!
    – JavaJens
    Nov 27 '12 at 17:16

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