Despite Chromium being set as my preferred web browser under "System Info", when I click a link in an IM window of Pidgin, it opens in Firefox. How do I make it so that links open in Chromium?

I am running:

  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • chromium-browser 14.0.835.202~r103287-0ubuntu1
  • pidgin 1:2.10.0-0ubuntu2


I also tried sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser and selected chromium (in both auto and manual mode), but after running sensible-browser & it still loads Firefox.

Chromium is also set to the default browser within the Chromium -> Preferences -> Default Browser panel.

3 Answers 3


If you are on a gnome system, gnome-www-browser is checked before x-www-browser, so you might have more luck changing this alternative with

sudo update-alternatives --config gnome-www-browser
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    This is the real answer.
    – kumarharsh
    Mar 11, 2014 at 5:44

a first suggestion would be to manually check your preferences by editing the file


there you can find the following lines (in the tag pidgin => browsers:

<pref name='browser' type='string' value='custom'/>
<pref name='place' type='int' value='0'/>
<pref name='manual_command' type='string' value='sensible-browser'/>

I suggest you to have those three lines like they are given in my example.

If this is correct, you should try to run:

sensible-browser &

from a shell to see whether your preferred browser is setup correctly.

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    My prefs.xml browser settings file is identical to yours, but when I run sensible-browser &, Firefox opens, not Chromium.
    – paniwani
    Oct 20, 2011 at 10:53

When I installed and set my default browser to Chrome stable, sensible-browser & opened up Chrome correctly.

It must have just been an issue with Chromium.

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