I have installed MonoDevelop and after that Wine, but when I want to open an EXE file and then double click on it, it always runs with the Mono runtime, and if I want to run it with Wine, I should right click on it and choose Wine.

Well, in properties and in show other applications there isn't Wine that choose it for the default application... I have this problem for all types of applications and files.

When the software you want to run is in the right click application (Open With), I can't choose it in properties for the default. In fact, I can't find it in properties, because it is in open with option in right click...

What should I do to fix this problem?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), 32 bit.


first of all, add your new MimeType :

from the terminal open sudo gedit and copy the code bellow

[Desktop Entry]
Icon=my/icon/path                           <-- optional (for the file icon)
Patterns=*.xxx                              <--- my file extention 
MimeType=application/myAppName              <--- the mimetype of the file
Comment=My Comment

and save it to /usr/share/mimelnk/application/myApp.desktop "replace myapp with your app

linking your app with this mimetype:

use ubuntu Tweaks to link the file type with your app

note: the wine apps is located on the path /home/<userName>/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Notepad++

also you can use locate 'yourApp.exe' to find its path


It sounds strange. When I go to Properties I do find the applications in the Open with list.

Right-click on a .exe file, click properties, choose the Open With tab, choose Wine (if not present in the list click "Show other applications" and click "Set as default."

That's it.

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    thanx but as i said it is in the open with list my problem is i can't set it to default program for run i'm really confused ... – Mohammad_Hosseini Dec 1 '12 at 9:41
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    no you got me wrong . I said when I click on a EXE file in right-click it shows me wine but I want to set wine as default . like I said in properties it doesn't show wine so I fixed it with ubuntu tweaks file type manager – Mohammad_Hosseini Jan 19 '13 at 14:26

i have solved this problem with ubuntu Tweaks it has a software manager that you can set default program for each file type ...


Better way to create the mime type:

sudo apt-get install assogiate

or see here for article on how to use http://www.packtpub.com/article/control-of-file-types-in-ubuntu

Then use Tweak to make the link:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Or see: http://www.noobslab.com/2012/10/install-ubuntu-tweak-081-in-ubuntu.html for a walkthrough.

And if everything else fails....like all the above did for me:-( Use mimeopen -d (sudo apt-get install libfile-mimeinfo-perl if you do not have it) That finally fixed it for me...


I didn't use "Ubuntu Tweaks". Just did the following (after hours of search):

In ~/.local/share/applications create a npp.desktop file, with the following code:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=wine /home/<user>/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Notepad++/notepad++.exe

In the mimeapps.list write application/x-php=npp.desktop (for the php types, in my case).

And that's it.

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