Whenever I click a link in an email from Thunderbird (or any non-browser application), Opera (which is my default browser) will open a new window to speed dial but not navigate to the address. Is there a way to fix this?


I have to right click links and manually grab their addresses before pasting into the URI bar.

Extra Info

  • Firefox and Chrome act as one would expect, so it is not an issue with Thunderbird.
  • Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop 64 bit
  • Opera version 32.0.1948.25

Option 1

To link the Opera browser correctly to Thunderbird one must change the following in Thunderbird's Edit/Preferences under the tab attachments

  • http : link to /usr/bin/opera
  • https : link to /usr/bin/opera

These are actually symbolic links to /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/opera (this is at least so for Ubuntu 15.10)

Option 2 Another option is to edit the opera.desktop file (~/.local/share/applications/opera.desktop) where instead of Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/opera one must specify Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/opera %U, the latter taking the argument (http or https link) and opening a page there.

  • For future reference and to be inclusive, if you're using the beta version change to opera-beta and, obviously, the opera-developer version where applicable. This is also the case in at least 15.04 as well - and is the same in Lubuntu and Kubuntu. This is just to give some extra information to the answer for future visitors.
    – KGIII
    Nov 7 '15 at 22:39
  • Thanks. I saw that I had already created an opera.desktop file at that location because of this earlier issue in which adding the %U worked. However I don't think there is a file there by default. I couldn't find anything in Thunderbird for option 1, but as I said, option 2 did the trick. Nov 8 '15 at 8:09
  • Just added %U to the answer in the askubuntu post I referred to earlier. Nov 8 '15 at 8:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.