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How can I change the default application for a content type?

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How can I change the default application for a content type?

Running a version of Linux, the default application for PDF files is "Use Document Viewer (default)", which appears to be /usr/bin/evince. I'd much prefer to use /usr/bin/okular; how can I change the default. This question is NOT about how to change the function that is automatically applied when I access a link, in this case "Preview in Firefox", but rather to the default application that I can select when I download a file being viewed in Firefox's previewer.

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Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

This is real progress, a solution to the problem as posted. The command: xdg-mime default okularApplication_pdf.desktop application/pdf makes okular the default.

However when I added okular to the choices for applications in:

  • Edit>Preferences>Applications>PDF

the popup box that appears when I click Download on the preview page changed. The pulldown menu that appears next to "Open with" used to have 3 entries:

  1. Document Viewer (default)
  2. Acroread
  3. Other

Now it has only 2:

  1. Okular (Default)
  2. Other

I'd like it to read

  1. Okular (Default)
  2. Acroread
  3. Other

How can I control the entries in this pulldown list?

Also, how can I make the default choice in the popup box be

  • Open With <whatever> , rather than
  • Save File ?
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Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

Firefox(orange) button > Tools > Options > Application

  • Search for "PDF" > Action "Alway Ask"
New User

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

This changes the application that is automatically applied, not the default application.

Site Moderator

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

You can set the default application in Nautilus by right-clicking a pdf file and open the Properties and go to the Open with tab.

  • Nautilus: right-click file > Properties > Open with

See also:

  • /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache and defaults.list
  • ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

If you choose an application via "Use other" and browse to okular (/usr/bin/okular) and set that as the default then it should stay in that list as a choice if you select another application.

New User

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

This is real progress, a solution to the problem as posted. The command: xdg-mime default okularApplication_pdf.desktop application/pdf makes okular the default.

However when I added okular to the choices for applications in:

  • Edit>Preferences>Applications>PDF

the popup box that appears when I click Download on the preview page changed. The pulldown menu that appears next to "Open with" used to have 3 entries:

  1. Document Viewer (default)
  2. Acroread
  3. Other

Now it has only 2:

  1. Okular (Default)
  2. Other

I'd like it to read

  1. Okular (Default)
  2. Acroread
  3. Other

How can I control the entries in this pulldown list?

Also, how can I make the default choice in the popup box be

  • Open With <whatever> , rather than
  • Save File ?
Site Moderator

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

You can (temporarily) set the default to Acroread like I wrote above by using "Use other" and browse to the Acroread program. That should add Acroread to the list of choices when you change the setting to one of the other available choices.

New User

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

If only...

Maybe I don't understand. Here's what I did:

  • Prime Firefox to show acroread in the pull-down menu:
  1. Open foo.pdf in the Firefox previewer
  2. Click the download icon in the previewer; a pop-up window appears.
  3. Open the pull-down menu in the pop-up window
  4. Choose "Other..."; a file chooser window appears
  5. Choose /usr/bin/acroread in the pull-down window
  6. Select "Open With" in the pop-up window
  7. Click OK
  • Test the result:
  1. Open foo.pdf in the Firefox previewer
  2. Click the download icon in the previewer; a pop-up window appears.
  3. Open the pull-down menu in the pop-up window
  4. I would expect to see "Acroread" in the pull-down window; no such luck.

Thanks much for your assistance.

Site Moderator

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

Try to make this change in the PDF setting in Edit > Preferences > Applications

New User

Re: How can I change the default application for a content type?

Today I started Firefox and found that things are working as desired. (Because of the restart?) Thanks for your help.