I am a new Ubuntu user. After initial install of my OS one of the first things I did was install Google Chrome (google-chrome-stable) from the Google website. Everything was good, it showed as an option in System->Details->Default Applications menu and I set it as default browser. A few days later, here I am looking at my Default Applications menu and Google Chrome is nowhere to be found. My default has reverted to Firefox. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the google-chrome-stable package but to no avail. How can I get Google Chrome to reappear as an option in Default Applications list?

  • I should note I am using Ubuntu 15.10. Feb 10 '16 at 16:54
  • Have you tried : Uninstalling firefox than installing chrome and setting it as default later if you want install firefox again Feb 10 '16 at 17:37
  • Possible duplicate of How to set default program?
    – DnrDevil
    Feb 10 '16 at 22:59

I solved it! Somehow I had a corrupt google-chrome.desktop in my ~/.local/share/applications/ folder. I found the file in /usr/share/applications/ was valid. After deleting the bad one in my ~/.local/share/applications/ folder, logging out and back in, everything is back to normal. I can select Google Chrome from Default Applications and everything is golden.

  • This was exactly what fixed it for me.
    – madmaze
    Aug 4 '18 at 16:23

You should be able to set Chrome as default browser directly from Chrome settings. Have a look at the icon on top right of any Chrome tab (the three lines) and then Settings --> Default browser.

  • Chrome says it is currently the default browser. However, the Default Applications menu in Ubuntu shows Firefox as the default, and doesn't list Google Chrome. Feb 10 '16 at 17:04
  • When I click on a URL, FIrefox launches, so Google Chrome may think it is the default, but it isn't actually working. Feb 10 '16 at 17:06
  • And if you open a link on a .pdf or from any other application, it opens in Chrome or Firefox?
    – Sfrow
    Feb 10 '16 at 17:06
  • If you check on Firefox settings, it thinks to be the default browser as well?
    – Sfrow
    Feb 10 '16 at 17:07
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    So I cannot help you, I have Ubuntu 15.10 too, but I have in my list of default apps both Firefox and Chrome (I'm talking, of course, about System settings --> Details --> Default Apps) :( Sorry!
    – Sfrow
    Feb 10 '16 at 17:10

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