Setting the Flatpak Firefox app as the default web browser

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If you, for whatever reason, have installed the web browser Firefox as a Flatpak from flathub, you will have found that you cannot make it your default web browser by pressing the button in the "settings" section. But there is a way that works on Ubuntu-Mate 20.04 (I have not yet tested it on 22.04).

You need to use the xdg-settings command. So open a terminal Ctrl+Alt+T, and continue as follows:

(1) To find out what is your current default browser type the command:

xdg-settings get default-web-browser

(2) To change it to your Flatpak version, the command would be:

xdg-settings set default-web-browser <your_flatpak_browser.desktop>

For Firefox this becomes:

xdg-settings set default-web-browser org.mozilla.firefox.desktop 

source: [Setting a Flatpak app as the default web browser - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange]

(3) Close the terminal.

Please consider letting others know if this worked for you, or not, by posting on this thread. :slightly_smiling_face:

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