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 to find a reason for a change in Ubuntu? (example: removal of package wslu from the default installation)

I would like to check the decision process for a certain change in Ubuntu. I found the commits implementing the change but in the changelog there is just a plain statement of the change without any ...
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"Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages" for gnome-software

I'm on Ubuntu 20.04 and I'm having a couple of issues with gnome-software. When I attempt to run it I get Command 'gnome-software' not found, but can be installed with: sudo apt install gnome-...
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Cannot Remove Preinstalled Apps in 22.04

One of the things I do immediately post-installation is remove about a dozen preinstalled apps. Use Aisleriot Solitaire as the example here. I did a new (erase disk) install of 22.04. As usual, went ...
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Change default applications for all users

Changing the default application for a given file type is relatively easy, but is there a way to do so for all users of a machine?
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How do I make a downloaded flash player the default program with which to open .swf files?

I downloaded a Flash player and I'm trying to make it the default app to open .swf files in Ubuntu 20.04. It's a standalone player and doesn't show on Applications. How do I do that?
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How to change the default system font for Bengali in Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS?

I don't like the default Bengali font in Ubuntu which is possibly Lohit Bengali. Is it possible to change? Want to change it to kalpurush.ttf but how can I do it?
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Local command definition program? [duplicate]

Is there anything included or available that will output a descriptive list of your usr/bin file? (Firewalla gold; Bionic beaver server 18.04)
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Change sensible-browser

Some of my apps use the script sensible-browser to open web pages. This script opens /etc/alternatives/gnome-www-browser or /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser. On my machine, these two are symbolic links ...
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How do I set alacritty with working-directory option as default terminal in Xubuntu?

I'm setting up Xubuntu (so I'm using the default Desktop Environment xfce) and just changed my default terminal to alacritty by modifying the terminal utility in the "Default Applications" ...
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File not opening after double-clicking the file to start Default Application

My system: Ubuntu 20.04; Wine 6.0.1; recently installed PhotoFiltre 6.5.3 via Wine. I would like to use PhotoFiltre.exe (a Windows application) as the default application to open a .png image file ...
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Default browser is Chrome but links still open in FireFox

Kubuntu 21.04 I installed Chrome and saw that in Applications > Default Applications, the web browser is now Chrome - cool. However, all links I've opened from applications (such as Slack, the ...
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Firefox not offered as default mail application

I'm in the process of switching from Chrome to Firefox. When I go to Default Applications, both are listed under Web, but only Chrome is listed under Mail - no Firefox. So "mailto:" links ...
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Unable to change my default web browser

I'm new to Linux and Kubuntu. I have got a problem recently that I cannot change my default web browser either through browser or system settings. I am using Firefox. Every time I open up Firefox it ...
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VLC, as default video player, still not playing videos automatically out of Thunderbird

I have made VLC my default media player, but it still won't automatically play my videos sent in Thunderbird email. I have Ubuntu 20.04. How do I fix this problem? Thank you.
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Different default programs for viewing and editing files?

Wouldn't it be nice if, say, when selecting a file in nautilus (or any other any file manager), hitting enter would open it with a primary default application, while hitting shift+enter would open it ...
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How can I change the default terminal app to Tilix in KDE desktop?

I wanted to use Tilix and set it as my default terminal app in Ubuntu 21.04 with KDE 5.21 so I downloaded it and erased all the others terminal apps (Konsole, Gnome Terminal…). Then: I typed sudo ...
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Set default application to "Ask always"?

I open PDF files in different applications (Evince, Foxit, Master-pdf) each time depending on what I am doing. Is there a way to unset the default PDF application and allow me to choose an application ...
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How to make Ubuntu MATE 21.04 remember my default application for .desktop files in context menu?

System: Ubuntu Mate 21.04 I wish to have the default choice in the context menu for editing .desktop files be pluma. But MATE refuses to honor my wishes! How can I bend it to my will? This shows the ...
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Chromium opens PDFs with Gimp, rather than the system default

This is a really weird issue: whenever I download and open a PDF in Chromium, it will always open it with Gimp, while my system default PDF viewer is evince (aka Document Viewer). I don't know why ...
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How to configure task-specific default sound card selection?

Every time I log on, my BT600 headset is selected as the default sound card. However, I want it to be selected only for the task I need it for, i.e. communication via Skype & colleagues. Otherwise ...
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Change default "open with" on remote files in Ubuntu nautilus

Whenever I browse a folder in nautilus that is connected via sftp and click on whatever file, it opens with KeePassXC instead of gedit. For local files, I can right click > Properties > Open ...
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How to get the terminal keyboard shortcut to open the configured default terminal? (20.10 with GNOME)

I have configured sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator to alacrity. The x-terminal-emulator command starts alacrity correctly. But the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut opens gnome-terminal. How do ...
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Why ubuntu ignores extension based default app when file is empty?

I've set default application for i.e. .py files. It works if file isn't empty. Empty .py files still opens in text editor. I can change default app for it but that changes default app of any other ...
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Ubuntu keeps trying to execute text files in shared NTFS drive, forgets default application

Until recently, I was using Ubuntu Mate 14.04. Last week, I did a fresh install of Mate 20.04. I have a dual boot with Windows, and I use a shared partition between both OS's. The shared partition is ...
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Clicking links: cannot open exit

Sometimes, when I click on links it ends up opening Kate with an error message saying that the contents are too long, instead of opening Firefox as expected. This might have been because I set the ...
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Change extensions that are recognized as "executable text files"

For script files with the extension .sh I found it convenient to enable "Ask each time" for what to do with executable text files. Now however it also asks it for other types of files (for ...
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How Can I Get Apps To Use Nautilus Instead Of Dolphin

I have kde-desktop installed on my Gnome based Ubuntu 20.04x system because I use and depend on many of the apps that are only available from the kde package and as a result Dolphin is included in my ...
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Default Applications reset to their default settings after a reboot Ubuntu 20.04

So I have this issue where the Default Applications, reset to the default state upon rebooting the system. Web: Google Chrome changes back to Firefox Mail: Mailspring -> Thunderbird Video: VLC ->...
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Set default application by extension not mimetype

Is it possible to set the default application to open a file by extension rather than mimetype? MuseScore saves its files as .mscz files, which are actually just zip-archives containing the data of ...
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KDE file type settings vs evolution

I am using Evolution on Kubuntu 20.04. Before opening a file (like .pdf or .jpg) it is easy to permanently adjust the tool which is used to open the file type (like nomacs, okular, etc.). However the ...
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How to open different plain text files (.txt and .tex) with different default applications?

I would like to open .txt files with Text Editor by default but .tex files with Texmaker. However, if I change the default programme for .tex files to Text Editor by editing the properties of the file,...
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Make "Open in Terminal" use Xterm

I've seen this question, and this one, and neither one is addressing my question. I have already used sudo update-alternatives to set Xterm as my default terminal. I much prefer Xterm as a terminal ...
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Open directories default app

When I use any program that tries to open a directory it uses wrong applications; it currently uses non-explorer visual-studio-code and I have no idea why. I tried to setup Nautilus as the main app, ...
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Desktop folders not opening with Nautilus after upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 to Ubuntu 20.04

I upgraded my Ubuntu yesterday. Unfortunately, I've got a problem while trying to open Desktop folders: they now open with VSCode by default instead of Nautilus. When using Nautilus, the folders open ...
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apt install program without modifying file associations

Certain programs when I install them seem to believe they can open a large number of filetypes. Xournal is was a particularly extreme example in Kubuntu 16.04. In Kubuntu 20.04 imagemagick display ...
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Change default text editor to Micro. Doesn't appear in the "Open with" category

I want to use the Micro text editor as the default application to open various text files, but when I try to do the usual procedure: Left-click > Properties > Open With... I see that Micro doesn'...
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Text editor default Calendar and cannot be changed in Ubuntu 20.04

I have Gnome Calendar installed on Ubuntu 20.04. When I go to default applications under settings, I can not set Gnome Calendar as the default application. Text editor is the only option that I can ...
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What is the KDE Disk Utility's Name?

I know about gnome-disks, but I'm trying to find the KDE analog package name. Here is a picture of it. It appears as the KDE Partition Manager in the File Menu on KDE.
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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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How to set gnome calendar by default

I have the GNOME calendar installed and it works fine. But there is a problem, it is not the default calendar and I can not select it. In the calendars category, only a text editor is available (...
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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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