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Make firefox understand downloaded files
It is quite annoying that Mozilla Firefox always forgets what application to use for “opening” a file which you just downloaded. Also, the context menu “Open containing folder” in the Downloads overview does not work.
Using “xdg-open” you can improve the integration of Firefox into your Desktop Environment a lot:
- Stop firefox if it is running
- Delete or rename the mimetypes cache (where firefox keeps its file association settings):
$ rm ~/.mozilla/firefox/<yourprofile>/mimeTypes.rdf
- Start firefox again
- Download any file if you had not done this before
- Open that file from the “
Tools > Downloads” menu (by right-clicking on it and selecting “
When asked to choose the application for opening the file, browse to (or type) “
/usr/bin/xdg-open“, then check the checkbox to “
Remember your choice“.
After you’ve configured Firefox like that, both the “
Open” and “
Open containing folder” context menus will work. If you are running KDE then you can then change the preferred programs through KDE’s “
file associations” settings.
- Originally written by Eric Hameleers
- Taken from an Alien Pastures article.
- Based on a hint in a discussion at LinuxQuestions.org