How to set email client for firefox?

Sascha G├╝thling guethling at
Tue May 12 12:07:34 UTC 2009

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 7:21 AM, marc <gmane at> wrote:

> In Jaunty, when I click a mailto url, the wrong email client is used.
> System settings/Default applications is set to the correct email
> preference, but clearly this is being ignored.
> It's also possible to set the email client in FF via Options/Prefs/Apps/
> mailto. However, the only entries on there are evolution and Yahoo mail!
> First, I think this is a bug, so will raise it, but any idea how do you
> change the "default" applications in FF Pref/Apps?
> --
> Best,
> Marc

Hey Marc,

There is no bug. At least I don't think it is. Firefox is a multi platform
browser and if you think about the sheer amount of Linux distros alone, you
see where the problem lays. Since every distro has its own preferred email
client (and we don't even speak about the user preferences) it is almost
impossible to satisfy every user.

You can choose whichever email client you like to use in Firefox under
Preferences > Applications. For the mailto entry choose "Use other...", a
file dialog will pop up and lets you choose the executable of your preferred
email client. Go to /usr/bin (that's where most of the applications are) and
choose an application. Close the Preferences and you should be good to go.

I hope that helps. If not, let us know.

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