How to choose application to launch file with?

Shawn B. slooksterpsv at
Mon Jun 9 18:10:58 UTC 2014

Hi Jeff,

By default there isn't a list of applications unless that type has been registered in the system for a specific app. You will have go go I to the /usr/bin directory or the applications directory (see where app is located at) to tell it to open with that app.

I've found sometimes if I open like transmission it'll register .torrent file associations. I'm unsure of how else to target it without manually locating the application.


Shawn B.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Jeff Hanson" <jeff at>
Sent: ‎6/‎9/‎2014 11:30 AM
To: "Xubuntu Development Discussion" <xubuntu-devel at>
Subject: How to choose application to launch file with?

I keep trying to open files/links for torrents or software center links, etc that I don't have a default application for in Xubuntu and it brings up that dialog box that says:

"This link needs to be opened with an application. Send to:

Choose an Application"

I hit choose and it opens up my downloads folder..

Shouldn't there be a list of applications or something?

I don't have to navigate to where the program is installed in my filesystem do I?

I sure hope not.

Also is this the right list to be asking this again?


Jeff Hanson
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