I am using Ubuntu 12.04 TLS. I had installed Netbeans on my PC. I want change default file to netbeans.

I've tried to right-click on a php file > Properties > Open With > Show other Application ; but there is no netbeans anywhere.

How can I set the default program for opening php files?


First you have to install properly last version of NetBeans Install comixcursors-lefthanded. After go in Nautilus where are your php files, right click on a php file, select Open With > Other application and you should find there NetBeans. Open with it.

If still you have problems, go in /usr/share/applications/ and create with root privileges a .desktop file with next things in:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=<command to run program - something like /opt/netbeans/run.sh> %U

Another way would be if you open a terminal and run:

netbeans [ options ] [ files ]

See man netbeans for more informations.

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  • I had installed Javascript 7.3 but Ubuntu Software Center has ver 7.1. I installed version 7.1 too, but there is not any changes. How can I modify defualt applications for .php .css .js and ...? – Huseyin May 27 '13 at 22:52
  • ~$ man netbeans man: can't resolve /usr/share/man/man1/netbeans.1.gz: No such file or directory man: can't resolve /usr/share/man/man1/netbeans.1.gz: No such file or directory No manual entry for netbeans – Huseyin Jun 7 '13 at 19:25
  • I installed netbeans with sudo apt-get install netbeans so this command changed. So as entering netbeans command in terminal netbeans 7.0.1 is starting. There is two problem, firstly I installed ver 7.3 and self installing created ver 7.0 too. secondly as right click netbeans 7.3 is in the openning with list, but is not defualt. also as clicking on more applications list, there is not netbeans 7.3 nor ver 7.0 – Huseyin Jun 7 '13 at 19:42

using thunar should help us.

sudo apt-get install thunar

runnig thunar in terminal and using it for default application would be effective.

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Use this Command to Add Netbeans in Open With Menu and Default Editor:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/netbeans.desktop

Now Paste following Code on the Editor and Save It :

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Netbeans IDE
Exec=/home/compaq/netbeans-8/bin/netbeans [Here you have to paste your Netbeans Path]
Icon=/home/compaq/netbeans-8/nb/netbeans.png [paste your Netbeans logo path]
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