I use Chrome for most everything.

Sometimes in external applications I click links to web resources. The operating system responds by firing up firefox, which then opens a tab for displaying the link.

I'd prefer that the link opens in Chrome.

I've set my default browser to Chrome. This doesn't change the behaviour of the operating systems behaviour.

  • How did you set Chrome as the default browser? Same as this? – wjandrea Mar 27 '17 at 4:30
  • Check what is in Settings > Details > Default Applications. – Shreyash S Sarnayak Mar 27 '17 at 4:30
  • 'Settings > Details > Default Applications' has the setting for the default browser. I set this to Chrome many reboots ago. It has no effect on how ubuntu opens links on my system. – bobdobbs Mar 27 '17 at 7:20

See this answer by Severo Raz to this question:

How to set Google Chrome as the default browser?

You should have in ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list file the following lines:


Make sure these lines are under either the [Default Applications] or [Added Associations] section.

And of course, you need google-chrome installed such that google-chrome.desktop is either located at /usr/share/applications/, /usr/local/share/applications/ or ~/.local/share/applications/.

  • Just to confirm: those entries already exist in mimeapps, and I do have chrome installed and aliased to google-chrome – bobdobbs Mar 28 '17 at 2:11

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