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 to Google Chrome (which I rarely use). I want to use Firefox instead, so I made them into symbolic links to firefox.
Now if I use sensible-browser, Firefox is used. However, for some inexplicable reason the symbolic links are regularly reverted back to point to Google Chrome!

What is the correct way to change sensible-browser?

Asked By: Tohiko


If you want to change gnome-www-browser to point to say /usr/bin/firefox

You can do

sudo update-alternatives --set gnome-www-browser /usr/bin/firefox

Similarly you can do the same to the other one also i think.



You can do

sudo update-alternatives --config gnome-www-browser

which gives a list of all the browsers to choose from, from which you can select one of them.

Answered By: Harish Ganesan

If you’re using snap managed firefox using update-alternatives won’t work, but you can open firefox and go to it’s settings (about:preferences) and click "Set default" button.

Answered By: Joel Hoisko
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