I am looking for an option to open html files rather than URLs on the web in the browser on my phone with Ubuntu Touch. As there's no 'open file' option I have been experimenting with file:// type URLs in the address bar but that only results in 'Network Error' messages. Clicking on an html file in the File Manager doesn't work either. Any suggestions?

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    Let alone mobile, it's not even possible to open local html files with the "Browser" app in Ubuntu desktop... gives the same "network error" message.
    – pomsky
    May 30, 2016 at 5:41

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You may write a .desktop file. Read: http://www.mail-archive.com/ubuntu-phone%40lists.launchpad.net/msg18884.html

Following the suggestion the asker created a .desktop file in .local/share/applications with the following contents:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Usage statistics
Exec=webapp-container /home/phablet/Usage/index.html

The asker says it does the trick for him. It is not very flexible but suits his needs.


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