It has been more than one week, and Firefox has started opening any downloaded file with VLC media player, even if I change the source of opening the file. In the next download, it will open again with VLC media player. What should I do?

  • vlc may be set as your default video player. – Sudheer Jul 11 '14 at 2:06
  • Yes it is set as my default video player but it is opening any file even if it is a text or a picture – user123418 Jul 11 '14 at 2:16
  • In the Firefox preferences, there's a section called "Applications". Which types are VLC associated with in that list? – muru Jul 11 '14 at 2:53
  • I checked, vlc is only opening multimedia files in the mentioned section. For the others, there is a comment saying 'Always ask' but in the reality it takes vlc as the default opener and doesn't give any other suggestions – user123418 Jul 11 '14 at 3:10
  • Does it happen if you open Firefox with a different profile? Run firefox -P, create a new profile and try with it. – muru Jul 11 '14 at 3:13

I had the same problem and I resolved it like this:

--> Open the file .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list with a text editor (gedit for example).

--> If you have this line:


erase `vlc.desktop`

--> Save & restart computer

note: the "mimeapps.list" is now stored in /home/userprofil/.config/mimeapps.list in Ubuntu 18.04

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    I upvoted the answer but I would like to report that it is not necessary to restart the computer. As soon as it is saved, we can choose at the next download the application we want to use to open the file. After the choice was made, the next time, it will not be asked anymore. – Rudy Vissers Jun 29 '16 at 8:03

Solution for Lubuntu 18.04:

right-click on the lx panel, choose Panel Settings

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go to the Advanced tab

choose Filemanager PCManFM from File Manager drop down menu.

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