How can I set Google Chrome as the default browser? If I set it in the browser settings, nothing happens. The browser says it's default, but in preferred applications in Gnome, there's only Firefox to choose from. Clicking any link i.e in Thunderbird opens a blank Firefox window, not with the link embedded. Can I set the default browser in dconf2 or any configuration file?
Assuming you are using Unity, click on the dash button in the launcher and search for 'System info'. Then, open 'System info' and move to 'Default applications' section. Then, click on the dropdown list next to Web. There, select 'Google Chrome' and it will be selected as the default web browser for your system.
You should have in the
~/.config/mimeapps.list file the following lines:
text/html=google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/http=google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/https=google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/about=google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/unknown=google-chrome.desktop
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
Alternatively, you can do the following instead of editing
xdg-mime default google-chrome.desktop text/html xdg-mime default google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/http xdg-mime default google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/https xdg-mime default google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/about
To check the current settings, you can use:
xdg-mime query default text/html xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/http xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/https xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/about
There are a number of places an application might figure out which browser to launch and unfortunately there is no established standard. If the other answers don't work for you (as was the case for me with Skype) you could try:
/usr/bin/x-www-browser, which is configured via the alternatives mechanism:
sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser(which is what Skype is launching it seems)
There are also the /etc/alternatives/ where you have links:
- gnome-www-browser ->
- x-www-browser ->
In my case Lotus Notes opened wrong browser using the link gnome-www-browser.