Archive for July 2016

Using Chrome as the default webapp browser in Ubuntu

The way I generally use Twitter is via command line. I had been using TTYtter but have been trying out Rainbowstream. It’s always available to my in a Yakuake drop-down terminal. This is great, except for the fact that Ubuntu sees these applications as webapps. When I open a link from within these applications, it opens in the Ubuntu Web Browser, ignoring the defaults that I have set. This minimal browser is not where I want these links to open, but I had a hard time figuring out how to make it use Chrome instead.

You can uninstall webbrowser-app, but the next browser in line is Firefox.

Here’s how I fixed it:

Open /usr/share/applications/webbrowser-app.desktop in the editor of your choice
Locate the line that says Exec=webbrowser-app %u and replace it with Exec=google-chrome %u
Save the file and any links that would open with the Ubuntu web browser should now open in Chrome!