Is there an option to change my default browser for all my applications?
If your preferred browser isn't in that menu or you prefer doing it from the command line, this command will let you do the same thing as in fossfreedom's answer:
xdg-settings set default-web-browser name-of-browser.desktop
xdg-settings set default-web-browser firefox.desktop
xdg-settings set default-web-browser chromium-browser.desktop
xdg-settings set default-web-browser google-chrome.desktop
All preferences about default applications your user located in file "mimeapps.list". I am use Gnome 3 and Debian, so for me it is
I you don`t know where is may be located this file, try command:
For override default a web browser you need, at least, change values in category [Default Applications]
and in category [Added Associations]
For Opera the file
~/.config/mimeapps.list must contains:
[Default Applications] x-scheme-handler/http=opera-browser.desktop text/html=opera-browser.desktop text/xml=opera-browser.desktop application/xhtml_xml=opera-browser.desktop image/webp=opera-browser.desktop x-scheme-handler/https=opera-browser.desktop x-scheme-handler/ftp=opera-browser.desktop [Added Associations] text/html=opera-browser.desktop; text/xml=opera-browser.desktop; application/xhtml_xml=opera-browser.desktop; image/webp=opera-browser.desktop; x-scheme-handler/https=opera-browser.desktop; x-scheme-handler/ftp=opera-browser.desktop;
Try it (must be open in Opera, if it installed)
For Chrome the file ~/.config/mimeapps.list must contains:
[Default Applications] x-scheme-handler/http=google-chrome.desktop text/html=google-chrome.desktop text/xml=google-chrome.desktop application/xhtml_xml=google-chrome.desktop image/webp=google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/https=google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/ftp=google-chrome.desktop [Added Associations] text/html=google-chrome.desktop; text/xml=google-chrome.desktop; application/xhtml_xml=google-chrome.desktop; image/webp=google-chrome.desktop; x-scheme-handler/https=google-chrome.desktop; x-scheme-handler/ftp=google-chrome.desktop;
Try it (must be open in Chrome, if it installed)
And so on (Firefox, or something else).
You need only override desire mimetypes. But I recommend use GUI for it. It will be reduce amount of errors.
It is actual for me system and will be change from system to system, from desktop environment to desktop environment, and so on.
$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 (jessie) Release: 8.6 Codename: jessie $ uname -a Linux localhost 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.36-1+deb8u2 (2016-10-19) x86_64 GNU/Linux $s gnome-session --version gnome-session 3.14.0
Apart from some of the comments above, I would suggest following the top answer here. It involves changing the mimeapps/url schemes of your current user.
I had to use that solution to make linux Skype behave normally. Most other applications would use x-www-browser or gnome-www-browser but I guess they do have a point of using the URL Schemes; sometimes it has more sense.