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Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome Danae 1/6/09 9:26 AM
I'm not sure when exactly the problem started since I was away, but I noticed it Jan. 3rd. If I try to open a link in an email, in my Thunderbird, Chrome will launch, but only shows "about:blank". If I then type the address, nothing happens. I have to close that browser window, open Chrome, THEN go to the email and click on the link. It will then open the appropriate page without difficulty. I tried the links in both Firefox and Explorer, and they open fine. Any ideas how to fix this?
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome sinicure 3/27/09 12:29 AM
I have the same exact issue. Does someone have an answer to this?
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome ygyamada 10/6/09 10:59 AM
I have the same issue. With Chrome already open, links in thunderbird messages cause Chrome to open a new window, and goes to my home page (in this case, google.com). If chrome is *not* already open, it opens the program new, and goes to either my home page or the most recently opened tabs.

Opening links from Thunderbird *to* Firefox seems to work fine.

Thunderbird : 2.0.0.23
Chrome : 4.0.220.1, (Early Access Dev Channel release)
OS : Ubuntu 9.04, 64-bit

Can provide additional info if needed.

Has anyone run across a solution or potential explanation?
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome winjer 10/18/09 7:53 AM
I fixed this on my Ubuntu desktop by opening thunderbird and going to:

Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Config Editor

Then adding two new config strings:

network.protocol-handler.app.http
network.protocol-handler.app.https

and setting them both to the value 'x-www-browser'

dunno why this is missing, my understanding is that it should be set to that anyhow.

Anyway, weirdly this seems to have fixed it.  HTH.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome rocketraman 12/10/09 8:55 AM
For some reason TB3 on Fedora 12 appears to be completely ignoring the network.protocol-handler.app.http(s) config entries.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome krauseke 12/14/09 5:57 PM
Same issues... From Lotus Notes, or any other app, it seems to be following the Preferred App settings, but from Thunderbird 3.04b with Fedora 12 it opens a new window to the home page... really frustrating.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome sawrub 2/10/10 6:36 PM
Doing the same as guided by winjer is not working in F12 and Thunderbird 3. Please help.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome alemaco 2/15/10 2:55 AM
I tried both Thunderbirds. Thunderbird 2 can be tweaked as per winjer's suggestion. Thunderbird 3 will ignore those settings. So I switched to Claws Mail.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome tbird20d 3/10/10 9:18 AM
I'm using TB3 on Fedora 12.  I can confirm that TB3 is not using it's network.protocol-handler.app.http(s) config entries.

As described in comment 3 of https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=557729, I tried using gconf-editor to
set the gnome config entry for /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command to: xdg-open "%s".
This did not work for me, but possibly it is because I didn't restart gnome (log out and back in)

What finally worked for me is described at: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=23973

I did: cp /opt/google/chrome/xdg-settings /usr/bin/xdg-settings
Then I used firefox to set my default browser to firefox (Edit, Preferences, Advanced, General tab, "check now"
and set firefox as default).  Then I logged out of my gnome session, and back in again.
Then I used chrome to set my default browser to chrome.

Now it works as expected.  clicking a link in an e-mail in TB3 opens a chrome (or a new tab) with that link.

After doing this, I show the following config:
$ gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command
/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome %s

I had tried setting this manually with gconf-editor, but it didn't work.  Maybe the logging out and back matters?
Hope this helps.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome TheOneTrueStickman 3/25/10 4:06 PM
Similar problem on XUbuntu 9.10: TB3 insisted on using firefox. I took a hint from tbird20d and checked gconf settings - my config came back as follows:

$ gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command
firefox %s

In my case it worked to fix it with the following gconftool command:
$ gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command "google-chrome %s"
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome rocketraman 3/25/10 8:06 PM
Found a solution that worked for me... apparently in Thunderbird 3 the protocol handler settings don't work any more (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=389732).

If using gconftool-2 / the updated xdg-settings as described by tbird20d doesn't solve the problem for you, then go to Thunderbird Preferences, Attachments, and change the "http" and "https" Content Types to use /usr/bin/xdg-open. Since xdg-open delegates to the default browser, Thunderbird should from that point forward should work correctly.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome davidcroda 4/28/10 8:15 AM
I had some trouble with this because the http and https content types were not present in Thunderbird >> Preferences >> Attachments

I found this information on their site to add new content types

To add a download action to this list, open an e-mail that has an attachment of the type you want to add, or write a new e-mail and attach a file of the type that you want to add. Open the attachment and choose how you want Thunderbird to open it. Check the box "Do this automatically for files like this from now on".
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Actions_for_attachment_file_types

After emailing myself an html file with a few random lines of text, I double clicked the attachment, entered /usr/bin/xdg-open, checked the "Always use this option" box, and clicked ok.

Double clicking .htm and .html attachments now properly opens them in Chrome, but unfortunately clicking links still opens chrome to the default start page.

One thing to note is the above poster said to change the http and https content types, but using the method I used the content type associated with xdg-open is "HTML Document (text/html: .htm,.html)" so maybe that is why it isn't working for me.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome davidcroda 4/28/10 8:22 AM
Update: Following tbird20d's instructions exactly worked for me.

1. cp /opt/google/chrome/xdg-settings /usr/bin/xdg-settings
2. Open Firefox.  Edit >> Preferences >> Advanced >> General >> Check Now and click yes to set Firefox as the default browser
3. Log out of your session
4. Log in, Open Chrome, click Set Default at the top when it asks to be set as the default browser, or go to Tools >> Options >> Make Google Chrome my default browser

that's it, TB links should work now!

If it isn't working make sure you followed exactly.  I also tried rocketraman's solution first so possibly follow his instructions too, but they did not work for me by themself.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome rocketraman 4/28/10 10:30 AM
@davidcroda Yes, my solution doesn't work on its own -- it tells thunderbird to delegate opening http/https links to xdg-open, which then uses the default browser. So the default browser has to be correctly set to chrome first, otherwise thunderbird will continue to open links in firefox.

Thanks for the update.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome tkonto 5/18/10 3:20 AM
For me this advise worked:  

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/user?userid=14366289839258036986&hl=en

ATTENTION! before applying the 'gconftool' command, find out exactly the command that launches chrome. In FC12 it is /usr/bin/chromium-browser

If you have chromium as default browser 'gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command' should give you as result /usr/bin/chromium-browser

Or find the exact command through the properties of the launcher.

Then do gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command "THE FULL PATH OF THE CHROMIUM COMMAND %s"
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome GaryAllem 5/29/10 12:59 PM
Can use you guys expertise to help me figure why TB3 will not open into Firefox 3.6? I just upgraded to TB3 now the links do not work. I tried some of what I find here, but some of it is Greek to a Dutchman. Any help greatly appreciated.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome Dr. B 6/1/10 11:51 AM
Same problem with TB3 on Fedora 13. Followed tbird20d's instructions and now links work like a charm. To reiterate his suggestion:

1) sudo cp /opt/google/chrome/xdg-settings /usr/bin/xdg-settings
2) set Firefox as default browser
3) log out and back in
4) set Chrome as default browser
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome milomak 8/19/10 11:27 AM
Am I correct in assuming the gconf trick won't work with KDE?
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome rocketraman 8/19/10 12:44 PM
@milomak Yes the instructions from above work in KDE too -- thunderbird uses gconf regardless of whether it is running in Gnome or KDE.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome simbo1905 12/5/10 2:09 AM
Similar problem on XUbuntu 10.04: TB3 insisted on using firefox rather than "Chromium" which is an opensource linux build of google chrome which you can install via the Ubuntu Software Centre (chromium gets security patches from there so it is better to get it from their than doing a manual install).

I took a hint from TheOneTrueStickma (who followed tbird20d) and checked gconf settings - my config came back as follows:

$ gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command
firefox %s

The fix on XUbuntu 10.04 (and mostly likely and Ubuntu 10 where you installed chrome from the software centre) is to set this value to "chromium-browser %s":  

$ gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command "chromium-browser %s"
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome simbo1905 12/5/10 2:25 AM
other people suggest that you might have to use the full path to chromium-browser; you can check that with "which chromium-browser" which would then be something like /usr/bin/chromium-browser
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome ogfomk 5/22/11 7:38 PM
$ gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command "google-chrome %s"

This helped me with Libuntu 11.04
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome jonathandade 8/17/11 1:06 AM
gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command "google-chrome %s"
gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/https/command "google-chrome %s"

I needed both of these on CentOS 6
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome RPS123 9/16/11 2:54 PM
Just confirming that tbird20d's fix worked for me.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome whitehat_ua 12/13/11 5:20 AM
Nothing helped, so I've found other solution:
1) in Thunderbird go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General -> Configuration Edito
2) change
network.protocol-handler.warn-external.http and
network.protocol-handler.warn-external.https
to "true"
3)Click on any link in tb
4) navigate to /usr/bin/google-chrome
5) have fun
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome DigitalPig 2/18/12 9:43 PM
Another method to try is to use the following methods (ref: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/461076-how-do-i-get-thunderbird-open-links-google-chrome.html)


* Navigate to "Edit --> Preferences --> Advanced" in the Thunderbird menus and click on the "Config Editor" button.
    * Search for the following three entries:
          o network.protocol-handler.warn-external.http
          o network.protocol-handler.warn-external.https
          o network.protocol-handler.warn-external.ftp
    * Set the value of each of these three entries to true (you can do this by double-clicking on each entry, then close the "about:config" window and click "OK" on the "Thunderbird Preferences" window).

Having completed these steps, the next time you click on an http, https or ftp link in Thunderbird, you will be presented with the "Launch Application" window. Press the "Choose" button on this window to select your browser of choice. This will add the required entry to the mimeTypes.rdf file. This is a one-time task; having selected the browser once, links of the same type will now always be opened with the selected browser.
Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome rocketraman 8/31/12 12:16 PM
On Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:06:07 PM UTC-4, rocketraman wrote:
> If using gconftool-2 / the updated xdg-settings as described by tbird20d doesn't solve the problem for you, then go to Thunderbird Preferences, Attachments, and change the "http" and "https" Content Types to use /usr/bin/xdg-open. Since xdg-open delegates to the default browser, Thunderbird should from that point forward should work correctly.

Note that these "Content Types" are NOT the "Hypertext Document" content type. These will specifically show "http" and "https" as content types. If "http" and "https" content types are not shown, you can add them by setting:

network.protocol-handler.warn-external.http
network.protocol-handler.warn-external.https

to "true" via the Config Editor as described by DigitalPig. Once you now select a browser and tell Thunderbird to remember the selection, to change it in the future the "http" and "https" content types will now be available directly in the "Content Types" editor.

Re: Links in Thunderbird won't properly launch Chrome Maxim Kuznetsov 11/19/12 12:27 AM
Also had problems with opening links from Thunderbird in Chromium: always new Chromium window opened with it's start page. Only this thing worked for me: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=129258

Here is my new mimeTypes.rdf attached (sorry for descriptions Russian but Russian is default language in my Ubuntu :) ).

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