I'm on Linux Mint Olivia. I just installed Lynx.

How do I set Lynx as my browser, so when I open links from the terminal, they open in that terminal with Lynx?

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    not sure what you mean 'when I open links from the terminal'? In a terminal window you can open a webpage with lynx by typing e.g. lynx http://www.mypage.com.
    – gogoud
    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:50
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    xdg-settings set default-web-browser lynx
    – Costas
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:16
  • sudo update-alternatives --set x-www-browser "$(which linx)"
    – Costas
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:30
  • @Costas you've to provide .desktop application to xdg-settings
    – Pandya
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:43
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    @gogoud It might be something like this
    – Pandya
    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:53

2 Answers 2


First make .desktop application for lynx:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=gnome-terminal -e 'lynx %u'

And save it to application directory e.g /usr/share/applications/ naming like lynx.desktop and give it execution permission (chmod+ x).

Then set it as default web browser by using:

xdg-settings set default-web-browser lynx.desktop

Now try to Open link and it will be open with lynx in the terminal.

Note: lynx is command-line web-browser and hence it needs terminal so-that I've used gnome-terminal in my example Exec command. Your terminal application may be different. This works for me with my current system.

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    Linux Mint Olivia is derived from Debian; using x-terminal-emulator is the way to go, rather than hard-code specific terminal names. Jan 23, 2016 at 13:34

Since I'm not using GNOME, I used the following for the .desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=lynx %u

Changes include:

  • Use the default terminal
  • Added to category (try looking under "Internet")
  • Added icon (included here)lynx icon

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