Thunderbird with Peppermint OS want to use Chrome as default broswer


Have managed to get thunderbird to ask which browser i want to use - but i cannot find where the “Chromium link” is so i can choose this browser - the reason for change is that it seems facter on my acer one than firefox

thanks in advance

Firstly, lets differentiate between the Chrome, and Chromium web browsers (as you’ve mentioned both in your posting)

Chrome = google-chrome
Chromium = chromium-browser

As far as I know Thunderbird (and anything else) will open links in the default web browser … so you need to make sure chromium-browser is set as the default browser in update-alternatives.

So, in a terminal, run:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

You should get an output simlar to

mark@AA1-Blue ~ $ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser [sudo] password for mark: There are 2 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).

Selection Path Priority Status

  • 0 /usr/bin/chromium-browser 40 auto mode
    1 /usr/bin/chromium-browser 40 manual mode
    2 /usr/bin/firefox 40 manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

Enter the number of chromium-browser/google-chrome (in the above example it would be 1) … and hit enter.

in Peppermint, you might ALSO want to go to:-

menu>Preferences>Preferred Applications

and set “Chromium Web Browser” (or Google Chrome) as the default web browser … but to tell the truth this seems to be ignored, so best to use the update-alternatives method.

Another option would be to just uninstall Firefox:

sudo apt-get remove firefox

if Chromium/Chrome is the only browser on the system, it will automagically be the default :wink: