This guide will show you two different ways to change your default web browser in Ubuntu Linux – via the command line or using Ubuntu Settings.
Have multiple browsers installed on your Ubuntu machine? Sometimes it can be a bit confusing if you want to change the the default web browser from one to another. Here are two easy ways via the command line or via the Ubuntu Settings.
- Say that Chromium is currently the default web browser on your computer and you want to change it to Firefox. We’ll use the Ubuntu tool update-alternatives to help us make the change. Open a Terminal window and run the following command:
- Enter your password for sudo access. You will see a textual interactive menu like the one below:
- Follow the instructions. In this example I’d select 2 and hit the Return/Enter key to change from the current default web browser (Chromium) to Firefox. Now when you click on a link somewhere Firefox will launch rather than Chromium.
sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
There are 2 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).
Selection Path Priority Status
* 1 /usr/bin/chromium 40 manual mode
2 /usr/bin/firefox 40 manual mode
to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
- Click the System menu in the upper-right corner of your Ubuntu desktop and select Settings
- Scroll down the column on the left side of the window and select the Default Applications menu item. Now select the pull-down menu next to Web (it will list your current default browser).
- Select the browser you want to be the default (the one that will open when you click a link in another app) from the list. That’s it! Close out of the Settings window and you’re all done.