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I am running Linux Mint Debian edition (essentially Debian testing) and the Cinnamon desktop environment. Every time I launch google-chrome it asks to become the default browser. I have told it to do so in all ways I can think of but I still get this pop-up:

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What I have tried:

  • Clicking on "Set as default" in the pop-up.
  • Making chrome the default in its settings:

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  • Using my desktop environment's (cinnamon) settings app to set it as default:

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  • Associating it with all relevant mimetypes in the various ways and files where such things are defined:

    $ xdg-mime query default text/html 
    $ grep chrome .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
    $ grep chrome /usr/share/applications/defaults.list

    In those files, I replaced all occurrences of firefox (my previus default) with google-chrome. No other browsers are defined anywhere in the file:

    $ grep -E 'firefox|opera|chromium' /usr/share/applications/defaults.list \ 
  • Launching chrome as root in case that helps but it won't let me:

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  • Using Debian's alternatives system to set it as default:

    $ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/www-browser www-browser /usr/bin/google-chrome 1080
    update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome to provide /usr/bin/www-browser (www-browser) in auto mode
    $ ls -l /etc/alternatives/www-browser
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 Jan 23 17:03 /etc/alternatives/www-browser -> /usr/bin/google-chrome

None of these seem to have any effect. Will no one rid me of this turbulent pop-up?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

I don't have Chrome installed, only Chromium, but I hope they aren't too different for this to work. When I choose "Don't ask again", Chromiom stores the following setting in my ~/.config/chromium/Profile 1/Preferences file:

   "alternate_error_pages": {
      "enabled": false
   "apps": {
      "shortcuts_have_been_created": true
   "autofill": {
      "negative_upload_rate": 1.0,
      "positive_upload_rate": 1.0
   "bookmark_bar": {
      "show_on_all_tabs": true
   "bookmark_editor": {
      "expanded_nodes": [ "1" ]
   "browser": {
      "check_default_browser": false,

You could try to manually add that check_default_browser setting to your Preferences file :)

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Welcome to 3K, glad to see you back on the site! Don't stay away so long 8-) – slm Jan 23 '14 at 20:40
Thanks! I'll try :) – Martin von Wittich Jan 23 '14 at 20:49

Why manual edits?
Just "Click on "Don't ask again" in the pop-up." as indicated.

I don't see any indication in your question that you have tried that.

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Thanks, but that was the first thing I tried as mentioned in the first bullet point of my question. – terdon Jul 2 '14 at 23:28
reread your question please that is NOT the first bullet point! – Michael Durrant Jul 2 '14 at 23:29
Your first bullet point is 'set as default' – Michael Durrant Jul 2 '14 at 23:30
oh terdon, it's you. hmm, suprised by that q then I guess. – Michael Durrant Jul 2 '14 at 23:31
Ha! You're right, it simply never occurred to me to click on don't ask again, even to the point of misreading your answer. What I wanted was to make it the default and have it shut up about it, so I was clicking on make default. Anyway, thanks, that might indeed have gotten rid of the pop up. It still wouldn't have made chrome default though. – terdon Jul 2 '14 at 23:36

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