04 Feb / 2008

[tech] Setting default browser for Thunderbird in Kubuntu

Thunderbird is a great mail application, but this problem nagged me enough to warrant a post!

I run Kubuntu – KDE based flavor of Ubuntu. Thunderbird is a GNOME application and doesn’t seem to take the default BROWSER values set in KDE control panel or in my BASH profile (BROWSER=/usr/bin/firefox). I tried this – http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20315 – but no luck

Here is one way of fixing it:

1) Install gnome-control-center
sudo apt-get install gnome-control-center
or do it through Adept Manager UI.
this will install a bunch of Gnome libraries, that is okay

2) Once the install is done, launch ‘gnome-control-center‘ and goto Preferred Applications. Select FIREFOX as browser and choose ‘Open in Tab’


Sujee Maniyam
Sujee is a founder, principal at Elephant Scale where he provides consulting and training on Big Data technologies


  • By AJ 16 Aug 2009

    I realise this is post is from quite a while ago, but thanks, nice tip, saved me a fair amount of time and frustration! 🙂

  • By K.L. 16 Jul 2010

    Still works in lucid lynx :up:

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