Any time I try to open a link from Slack, all I get is a blank new window opening in Chrome. Worth reinstalling, or do others have this problem?


I'm on fresh Ubuntu/Chrome/Slack and links were opening blank tabs in Chrome. This AskUbuntu answer worked for me:

Open file: $HOME/.local/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

Find the line:


Add a space and %U:

Exec=/opt/google/chrome/chrome %U

Then save the file.

  • Particularly, forgetting the argument is an easy mistake to make when creating your own desktop files, so this was exactly what I needed. – Kat May 23 '17 at 18:35
  • its work for me! find file sudo find -name 'google-chrome.desktop' and edit nano ./.local/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop – des1roer Nov 28 '17 at 10:41

This was actually a problem with Google Chrome itself. Updated version fixed it.

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    Can you tell me which Chrome version you're running, that links work in? I'm having this same issue with 16.10 – swajak Jan 30 '17 at 20:17
  • I don't remember which one it was -- I'm using Google Chrome 55.0.2883.87 now and it's been fine. – Nick Sweet Jan 30 '17 at 22:21
  • Thanks. I did end up getting it working, and you reminded me to update this thread. Thanks! – swajak Jan 30 '17 at 22:32

To get into the slack I just run slack command in commandline with the magic link as argument.

slack slack://ABCDSF4MR/magic-login/892109304726-LONG_SECRETKEY

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