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I have FireFox as my desktop's default browser (Ubuntu/Gnome 9.10) and most applications open links into FF readily enough, including Choqok (a KDE twitter client).

But Kopete insists on opening Konqueror - which is annoying as it takes an age to load, while FF is almost always open an simply needs a new tab.

I've checked though the preferences of Kopete, and can't seem to find anything to make it use FF.

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You can use KDE's "System Settings" tool by launching systemsettings or find it on your menu. Then under Default Applications you'll find a Web Browser option.


Edit ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals and alter the line with BrowserApplication[$e] to read:


That should do it, and this assumes you are using KDE4.

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hi - i'm running Kopete on Gnome... – HorusKol Feb 23 '10 at 23:40
Right, but Kopete will still need a base KDE install to run so that file should exist for you, even if you don't have systemsettings. Your config dir might be ~/.kde4 also. – SleighBoy Feb 24 '10 at 20:17
this is going to sound strange - but i think i did it... and i think i did it following your instructions. but that was a couple of weeks ago, and now i can't find how i did it or where it is set... – HorusKol Mar 25 '10 at 6:29

A kind of SleighBoy's solution works for me under 10.04 LTS. I had the same problem (wanted to open chrome instead FF). I added lines


at the end of kdeglobals and it worked

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Try this:

  1. Create a .desktop file.
    Open your text editor and paste this to the editor and save it as firefox.desktop:

    [Desktop Entry]
    Exec=firefox %u

  2. Move the firefox.desktop file to /usr/share/applications/

  3. Run:

    $ xdg-mime default firefox.desktop x-scheme-handler/http
    $ xdg-mime default firefox.desktop x-scheme-handler/https
    $ xdg-mime default firefox.desktop text/html

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