How to set email client for firefox?

Sascha Güthling guethling at
Tue May 12 13:45:47 UTC 2009

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 9:15 AM, marc <gmane at> wrote:
> Sascha Güthling twice said the following, but once in HTML, which has
> been deleted:
>> 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?
>> 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.
> Yup, yup, but setting the default mailto to evolution is weird,
> especially _without_ the option to change the default. I grep'd
> ~/.mozilla and a few other places, and examined about:config, but it's
> not to be found. I think that's a bug.
Are you in Ubuntu? Evolution is afaik the standard for Ubuntu and
probably set as this by Ubuntu and not by Firefox. There is a branding
package called ubufox that does that I think. In my Firefox
installation the standard was set to "Always ask"
>> 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.
> Yup, yup, easy stuff.
> --
> Best,
> Marc


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