Whenever I click on a irc:// link in Ubuntu 12.10 (with browser Firefox) it always wants to open them in a web chat thing called Mibbit.

I would like to be able to open them (in a new tab) in Empathy.

Could someone please instruct me on how to accomplish this?

  • This might be dependant on your browser as well. – Karthik T Dec 10 '12 at 8:13
  • Added my browser (Firefox) to the Question. – pgrytdal Dec 10 '12 at 22:29

This feature hasn't been implemented yet in Empathy. See bug reports here:

Bug 565513; Bug 541156

However this can be achieved by creating a small empathy-uri-handler for this type of uri (I am working on it).


For Now:

You can do it in pidgin.

How can I open irc:// links in Pidgin from Chromium?

Open irc:// links in XChat from Firefox and Chromium

First Create purple-url-handler.desktop in /usr/share/applications as described in first question (above). Then using the menu option Edit->Preferences->Applications Tab in Firefox select "purple-url-handler.desktop" for the "irc" content-type.


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