When I download anything using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and I use the "Show in folder" option (or "Open Containing Folder" in case of Firefox) it does not work correctly, instead, it open the directory with my text editor Atom...

What I can do to make it work properly?

PS: My OS is Elementary.

  • what is your default file manager ? could you run "nautilus" command in terminal Oct 27, 2016 at 12:32

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This happened to me even in other programs like uGet, a downloader that also has the option "open containing folder".

The problem is, as indicated here triggered by the certain programs.

The best solution is to create or edit ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list: edit the line that starts with inode/directory= and add the name of the file manager that you use if it is not there already; if that is already there but another program is listed there first, put the file manager first (if you need the other program(s) to open folders).

For Pantheon Files it should be like

[Default Applications]

If the desktop environment is not freedesktop complient, like my Manjaro Cinnamon, the file to be created/edited should be ~/.local/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache like so:

[MIME Cache]

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