Questions tagged [default-programs]

For questions concerning the default programs Ubuntu uses to open different file types or handle certain tasks, particularly how to configure them.

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How can I sync 'GNOME To Do' and Google task lists?

Ubuntu 20.04, working with the default to do list app, GNOME To Do. I've deleted lists on Googles app, but yet they remain in GNOME To Do. Any remedy?
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How to set default application based on file extension, not mime type?

I have files with extensions .txt, .sln and .csproj, they all have mime type text/plain. But they should be opened by different programs. .txt - by Vim, .sln and .csproj - by Rider. How can I achieve ...
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How to set the Preferred applications on Ubuntu MATE 20.04, for a given user?

On Ubuntu MATE 18.04, I could add and set preferred applications, for a given user, this way: # Create an application entry cat > ~/.local/share/applications/browser.desktop << EOF [Desktop ...
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Stop chrome changing file associations

I use Google Chrome stable occasionally, using its apt repository, on Ubuntu Eoan (19.10). When it updates, it modifies the file /usr/share/applications/defaults.list to add itself to the defaults for ...
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Is it possible to change default diff tool for apt (or maybe it is for shell)?

I'm not sure is it apt or shell setting or is it a setting at all but whenever there is a conflict on a configuration file while doing apt upgrade I'm presented with these options: Y or I : install ...
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No files will open from Nautilus

Whenever I double-click a file in Nautilus it does not open. See below screenshots for .pdf and .png files. It does show the icon for document viewer for the .pdf file, but it still displays the ...
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properly opening compressed QGis files (.qgz) by double-click on bionic LTS causes a catch-22 regarding default application for Zip archives

Regularly using QGis on bionic 18.04.4 LTS makes me appreciate the possibility to open a compressed .qgz file by double click. This seems to not be the default after installing QGis. Obviously, one ...
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How can I change the default application for hyperlinks?

When I follow hyperlinks on Ubuntu 19.04, I am directed to the GUI of R. How can I change this so the hyperlink is directed to firefox?
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18.04: Add a script as an option for “Default Mail Handler”

I have a script that I have written that I would like to use whenever I click on a mailto: link. Which means I need to select it as the default Mail handler in my default applications. But how do I ...
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How to add Tutanota Desktop Client as Default Mail App (Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS)

I'm setting up my computer and I have most everything I want set up, but the problem I'm running into is my email is handled by Tutanota, which is proprietary and cannot be added to generic email ...
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Why do some packages in Gnome/Ubuntu not have the same name in the file system than in their path? How to revert it?

I'm taking the example of the so-called "Videos" packages while it is in fact called totem in usr/bin/totem. But there are dozens of others, e.g. "Terminal" which is really called gnome-terminal, etc....
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Ubuntu 18:04: How do I add an application to the list of default applications?

I want to install a default handler for MIDI files (such as those embedded in a Wikipedia page such as this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninth_chord). I tried installing two (timidity and Yoshimi). ...
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Default PDF viewer suddenly changed in Firefox & Thunderbird under KDE

I use Ubuntu 18.04 with KDE. My default PDF viewer is Okular and it has worked as intended (when I open PDF, it laucnhes Okular). That has changed recently: If I now open PDF i.e. from Dolphin, ...
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How to populate list of applications with Sublime Editor

When a unknown file type is to be opened, a list of applications is presented and an application is chosen. What are the steps to add Sublime editor to the list in Ubuntu 16.04?
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Open file type with “second default application” when holding down a shortcut-key

I normally use Okular to view PDFs, it is therefore the default application associated with PDFs and is used when I double click a file. However if I specifically want to open a PDF to print it, I ...
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xubuntu | networkmanager dependencies

I completely removed my NetworkManager with all dependencies (and I have no idea what this includes). But I managed to reinstall my NetworkManager, to edit my interface file, an no have access to the ...
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How to set the different default application for plain text documents with different extensions?

On my Ubuntu 18.04 machine I would like to write my own program "myprogram" to open an extension (.dzi), which is a plain text file. I followed this link: Creating .desktop files to use on the "...
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How to change default application (GUI doesn't work)

I have both wine ms office 2010 and wps (version 11.1.0.8722), I found that I can't change the default application to wps in any "common office files such as .docx .xlsx . pptx" since it always set ms ...
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libreoffice set as default but files still opened using WPS office

I'm on 18.04 and my /usr/share/applications/defaults.list reads: application/csv=libreoffice-calc.desktop ... text/csv=libreoffice-calc.desktop But still when I double-click a csv file, it is opened ...
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How can I configure a domain-specific default browser?

If the url matches .*\.myemployer\.com.* then I want the link to open in chromium. Otherwise I want it to open in brave. Is this possible? If so, how?
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How to find `.desktop` file location for a particular application

EDIT: This is not a duplicate as this question is the reverse of what the other question is asking. Here we know what is the application and we want to find its .desktop file that can be located in ...
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App is changing default application for specific file type

I'm trying to resolve a problem that, whenever I run Franz (https://meetfranz.com/), it changes the default application for .html files to Franz. I believe Franz is built based on electron.js so maybe ...
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at command Option Code

I was reading from this list and it has the at package listed as mandatory, and it wasn't present on my Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Is this a Wikipedia typo or should I check that the iso file I installed from ...
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Software for msr x6 Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

So far I can not use my reader / recorder of magnetic band msr x6, there is some software or code to use msr x6.
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Change default file manager Ubuntu 18.04

I use Thunar instead of Nautilus on Ubuntu 18.04. This works fine, but any application still uses Nautilus instead of Thunar when saving/opening etc or when opening directories/mounted drives from the ...
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Open Any file with specific Program? [duplicate]

I want to set default a specific program for open ANY files absolutely ANY(*.*), any extension, any mime type. ABSOLUTELY ALL I build a python program to automated choose the program for any file. ...
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Opening webdav ms-word:ofe|u| protocol links with LibreOffice

I use Ubuntu in my personal computer. Computers at work with Windows work with this link; it open the word file with microsoft office. ms-word:ofe|u|https://serveraddress/path/to/file.doc But in ...
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Can I set a default program for a certain file type without also making it visible in the dash (Activities overview)?

I have a script which I want to use as the default app to open certain files. But, when I hit Alt+F1 to open the dash or the 'Activities' overview and type stuff in to search for applications, I don't ...
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WPS Office not showing in “Select Application” default app window

In Ubuntu 18.10 I am trying to enable WPS Office apps (Writer, Spreadsheets, Presentation) to open Microsoft Office files as default. After right clicking on the file (e.g. a .docx) > Open With Other ...
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FTP files opened from Nautilus opens in Firefox instead of default application (Ubuntu 18.04)

I often use Nautilus to connect to my ftp server. Whenever I open a remote file from nautilus (even when it states that the default program is something like gedit) it still opens that file in ...
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Colibri opens instead of PDF and image files

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, and some files no longer open correctly in their default applications (e.g. PDF and JPG files). Instead, Colibri opens with no content. I've confirmed their ...
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VSCode overrides default HTML viewer

I want my default application to open .html files to be Chrome but on Ubuntu 18.04 every time I open vscode it overrides my set default. Not sure how to enable this permanently, does anyone know how ...
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How set default app preferences for KDE apps on Ubuntu?

I use kfind on Ubuntu. I need to set the default apps it uses to launch files it finds. By default, it attempts to launch kde apps. I usually either don't have them, or don't want to use them. I ...
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How to open Evince hyperlinks in default browser?

Running Ubuntu 18.04 with Gnome Shell, when clicking on a hyperlink in Evince it opens in Firefox, instead of Chromium which I have set as my default browser. I have set the default browser through ...
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When does /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache get updated and can I protect it?

I find it really irritating that some applications (e.g. pdfshuffler and calibre) end up a higher priority in /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache than my desired application for PDFs (okular). I ...
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Gedit as the default editor in crontab

How do I make gedit the default editor for crontab? So far I've tried: sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gnome-text-editor gnome-text-editor /usr/bin/gedit 100 and sudo update-...
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Where is a detailed GUI for file associations?

I am using Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04. I just fixed an irritating feature whereby Firefox would open PDFs with PDFShuffler instead of Okular (which Dolphin launches). I fixed it by editing /usr/share/...
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Open PDF file with Krusader on Ubunti 18.04

I am trying to to open PDF files with Krusader but it does not do anything when I click on a pdf file (or hit Enter). I set the system default application for pdf files so when I open the Ubuntu's ...
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Set priorities for file-open applications

Most of the time I open .sla scribus files ("application/vnd.scribus" mimetype) with Scribus application, but sometimes I have to edit them with Geany (.SLA files are a kind of flat XML files). I do ...
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Thunar: set different default applications for *.rkt files and *.txt files

The problem: whenever I set a default program for opening *.rkt files, it also becomes the default program for opening *.txt files. Whenever I set a default program for opening *.txt files, it also ...
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How to hide Kubuntu apps from the Ubuntu desktop environment and the opposite?

I am using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and when I heard about KDE plasma 5.13 I decided to try it, and be able to use both DEs. However, I found my Ubuntu dock cluttered with KDE apps like Dolphin and Okular... ...
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Can not Change Default File Manager of Ubuntu Mate 18.04

I installed Nemo using sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo3 sudo apt update sudo apt install nemo Then I went to Preferred Application -> System -> File Manager -> Files NOTE: ...
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Media shortcuts no longer work after installing a different version of Spotify and I can't find its .desktop file

After discovering my installed version (1.0.77.338.g758ebd78) crashes immediately when I open a podcast, installed from spotify's repository, I removed it from my repositories using sudo software-...
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Select default terminal for Files > Open in Terminal [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver and have changed the default Terminal program which seems to have worked for all other instances where I need to open a Terminal but not when selecting Files > ...
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How to change default application in Ubuntu in command line? [duplicate]

I want to change videos to VLC. I have already installed VLC using sudo apt-get install vlc. I want to get a CLI solution because I am making a script that changes the configuration of a newly ...
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Change Default Applications from Script [duplicate]

How can I change the default applications from the command line (specifically from a script) in Ubuntu 18.04? The link below describes setting the default applications from the GUI, and also by ...
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How to change the default application to open xml file in Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (development branch)?

I follow this and this to change the default application. But it does not work. I try to change to Text Editor as default application to open xml file but it does not change. By default it is firefox....
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TeXmaker as default application to open tex files

I am running Ubuntu 16.04. I would like to have TeXmaker as the default application to open tex files. Right now, if I double-click a -tex file, gedit will open it instead. If I do right click on ...
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Change default applications in Lubuntu using configuration file

In Lubuntu I can change the default applications using Default applications for LXSession. It saves the default applications in the configuraion file /home/USER/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/desktop.conf. ...
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16.04: Why is “Cheese” installed by default? [closed]

Cheese can activate your webcam automatically. So far, it appears it can only store locally. WireShark does not show comms. But the QUESTION IS; Why is Cheese a default program installation>?

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