I'd like gnome-terminal to open links with the Chrome browser, but it insists on opening them with Firefox.

I've followed both pieces of advice found here without any success:


My OS is Ubuntu 10.04.

  • Are you sure you followed the last piece of advice there? Most gnome-applications abide to the default browser set there...
    – dtech
    Mar 11, 2011 at 6:56
  • If you have gnome. The last piece should work.
    – wliao
    Mar 11, 2011 at 7:14
  • Following Menu > System > Preferences > Internet does not work even after your reloaded gnome-terminal?
    – Derick Schoonbee
    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:41

3 Answers 3


You should choose the default browser: Chromium Web Browser in your case.

Go to System --> Administration --> Preferred Applications

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  • This worked for me. Perl Pusher, please try this and accept the answer if it works. :) Jun 13, 2011 at 13:26

I had the same problem in Ubuntu 13.04, couldn't find an answer online (this question is the closest I found), and eventually fixed the problem by running:

gnome-control-center info

and using the 'default applications' in there to select my browser.

  • Works for me (but used mate-control-center in Mint). When I followed the other answer, it was already set to chrome. Weird and annoying to have two different preferred apps settings pages :( smells like a bug to me Oct 25, 2013 at 7:45
  • Same panel exists in unity-control-center, under the "Defaults" item. Sep 5, 2014 at 20:58

Control centers are very window manager specific. In newer gnome based releases gio can handle the mime handler settings, to set a handler for URLs use this command for instance:

gio mime x-scheme-handler/http chromium-browser.desktop

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