In Ubuntu I used

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

to set the default internet browser manually.

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In Manjaro I get:

sudo: update-alternatives: command not found

I have set Firefox as the default in its settings and want it to stay so.

After installing Chromium, the default browser is now Chromium, although I reconfirmed Firefox as such and in Chromnum settings it says: "Chromium cannot determine or set the default browser".

How to make Firefox default browser?

  • Does manjaro have the x-www-browser symlink? And to what it links? Also, is update-alternatives available in Manjaro? – Braiam Oct 8 '15 at 12:21
  • @Braiam - No. And no, not even in AUR. – user32012 Oct 8 '15 at 15:20
  • If your system doesn't have x-www-browser, what is “changing the linked binary” supposed to mean? Are you trying to change the default browser? That depends on the application that launches it — I don't think Manjaro has a system-wide default (and it's more of a user preference anyway). What application are you interested in? – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Oct 8 '15 at 22:58
  • @Gilles - that phrasing of the title is due to the edit made by Braiam, while I was just asking out of curiosity thinking that the ubuntu option would be available in Manjaro. If not, that's my answer. (Installing Chromium, it took over as default browser. I think I fixed it simply from the FF GUI.) – user32012 Oct 9 '15 at 7:09
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    @cipricus Oh, I see, sorry. Your original title was misleading too. Once again, I don't think Manjaro has a system-wide or per-user default, so you'll get better help if you mention which applications you use that launch a browser. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Oct 9 '15 at 9:47

For users of i3wm, in addition to editing ~/.config/mimeapps.list and ~/.i3/config, you also need to change $BROWSER from ~/.profile, set it to /usr/bin/chromium, to prevent browser sessions emerging from the terminal from opening the wrong browser.

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    Actually, I find that this is the only solution that solved my problem. This is a separate answer. For applications that open the default browser (such as Jupyter) changing just the key bindings won't work. – Ébe Isaac May 11 '18 at 7:01
  • for me removing the palemoon package was also required pacman -R palemoon-bin – akiva Feb 24 '19 at 21:42
xdg-settings set default-web-browser chromium.desktop
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    Where chromium is whatever you'd type at the command prompt to start your preferred browser. Eg, it could be google-chrome-stable. – Tom Hale May 27 '17 at 7:16
  • Works for voidlinux with i3. – xoryves Jun 7 '18 at 8:30
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    Does not work on Manjrao I3: xdg-settings: $BROWSER is set and can't be changed with xdg-settings, but Anas answer worked: unix.stackexchange.com/a/434465/28262 – Florian Brinker Nov 20 '18 at 15:43
  • For Google Chrome, I had to use xdg-settings set default-web-browser google-chrome.desktop. xdg-settings set default-web-browser google-chrome-stable gave a xdg-settings: invalid application name error; using the full path for google-chrome-stable gave the same error. – kiamlaluno Aug 9 '20 at 7:25

This question is a bit old, but I would like to register my solution. After struggling with xdg-settings, what worked for me was xdg-mime.

So, check your default browser with:

xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/https

And change whatever browser you want to use. Make sure you use the .desktop after the browser name.

xdg-mime default google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/https
xdg-mime default google-chrome.desktop x-scheme-handler/http

Then, check again:

xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/https
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    Of course, nothing else worked for me. Do you know in which files this configuration is kept ? For me .config/mimeapps.list contained chrome even before xdg-mime... – Andrei Boyanov Jul 20 '20 at 13:18
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    I think mimeapps.list is the default config file for this. Look for this file in other locations. See examples here – Karlo Guidoni Martins Jul 21 '20 at 12:02
  • Confirmed working on latest install of manjaro when opening webpage links directly from terminal and in intellij. – li x Sep 11 '20 at 9:04
  • This is the best-working answer. I installed brave after having fiddled with mimeapps.list , where I already had set chromium as my default. Brave took over being the default, despite all the entries in mimeapps.list, but this set it back to chromium – transient_loop Nov 25 '20 at 17:41

In case someone else has the same issue…

Edit your config file:

nano ~/.i3/config 

and change

bindsym $mod+F2 exec …

to your browser of choice (e.g. bindsym $mod+F2 exec google-chrome-stable) Save and reload your config file (mod+Shift+R)

Should be all set…

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    This seems overly i3-centric. – Arnaud Meuret Mar 31 '18 at 9:22
  • Yes... it was. Now on xfce, which Tom addresses below. – chris.r Dec 4 '18 at 2:15

Edit your ~/.config/mimeapps.list and replace references to firefox.desktop with google-chrome.desktop.

If you use google-chrome-stable to launch chrome, use that instead, followed by .desktop.


I tried most of the answers in here. This is what I ended up doing

sudo pacman -R firefox

Just removed firefox. If I install firefox again with sudo pacman -S firefox it sets as default again so annoying.

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