I have to admit, I'm not a huge Chrom* fan - but still need it from time to time. So, I have it installed. It comes with a few annoyances though… One is it keeps asking about not being the default browser. I use Firefox, of course. :) So, here's a quick-tip on how to disable that.
After searching around a little bit and found the great startup parameter
-no-default-browser-check. So, to use it… Let's not mess with the original file. It might be overwritten on any update.
Copy the original file into
cd ~/.local/share/applications cp /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop .
Now you can open the file in your favorite editor, and then there are 3 places to edit.
I also cut out all the optional translation lines - just keeping the default and swedish. So, the file looks like this after my edits:
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Chromium Comment=Access the Internet Comment[sv]=Surfa på Internet GenericName=Web Browser GenericName[sv]=Webbläsare Exec=/usr/bin/chromium-browser -no-default-browser-check %U Terminal=false X-MultipleArgs=false Type=Application Icon=chromium-browser Categories=Network;WebBrowser; MimeType=application/pdf;application/rdf+xml;application/rss+xml;application/xhtml+xml;application/xhtml_xml;application/xml;image/gif;image/jpeg;image/png;image/webp;text/html;text/xml;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https; StartupWMClass=Chromium-browser Keywords=web;browser;internet; Actions=new-window;new-private-window; X-Desktop-File-Install-Version=0.23 [Desktop Action new-window] Name=Open a New Window Name[en-US]=New Window Name[sv-SE]=Nytt fönster Exec=chromium-browser -no-default-browser-check %U [Desktop Action new-private-window] Name=Open a New Private Window Name[en-US]=New Private Window Name[sv-SE]=Nytt privat fönster Exec=chromium-browser -no-default-browser-check --incognito %U
Now, you can also checkout this great post by @rahedmir on “How to Fix Google Chrome/Chromium asks for password to unlock keyring in Linux”, to make it stop asking about the keyring.
If you want that one to? Edit your changes above, and use them together as:
No more bugging about not being the default browser. 🤞 Hope you found it useful.👍