When I click a link in a terminal window (like when I'm using trn or mutt) or in the Quassel IRC client, instead of creating a new window or tab in the existing Google Chrome session, it creates a new instance of Chrome. And even if I shut that one down first, it sort of "takes over" so if I shutdown Chrome or log out and log back in, the "Continue where I left off" On Startup option means I only see the one link, instead of all the tabs I had open before.

Is there something I can configure to make those applications use the existing Chrome instance instead of starting a new one?

(This is Kubuntu 12.10)

Update: it appears this behaviour, of starting a new session instead of using the existing one, only happens when it restarts Chrome after I log off and back in. If I start Chrome from the menu button, all works correctly and links clicked in Konsole or Quassel open up in new tabs on existing windows.

  • I can confirm the issue on Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 too.
    – Laurent
    Jul 8, 2014 at 5:26

2 Answers 2


I would try the last google chrome beta version there it works perfectly.


if you do in terminal: google-chrome (web-adress) What is the output than?

  • If I just type "google-chrome slashdot.org" it opens up a new tab in an existing Chrome window. Feb 24, 2013 at 18:12

Just guessing here.

Looks as if it konsole runs chrome with the --new-window switch.

not a kde guy, but try editing



right now it's probably set to google-chrome --new-window

there should be a similar config file specific for konsole. konsolerc. But I think that konsole doesn't have its own browser option.

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