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How to Make Chrome as Default Browser on Linux Mint 21

While working with any operating system, an internet browser is an essential part of it. In Linux distributions, Firefox is used as the default browser which is also one of the most frequently used browsers. But still, there are many users who prefer Chrome over other browsing applications and set it as the default browser.

Chrome is one of the most liked, fast, and secure web browsing cross-platforms created by Google. It is designed with a simple, user-friendly interface that gives a faster output than Firefox which is the default browser on Linux Mint 21. It has more enhanced features and can be extended more by adding extensions and plugins. In the Linux Mint system, you set the default browser according to your choice.

How to Make Chrome as Default Browser

To make Chrome as a default browser, make sure the Chrome browser is installed on your Linux Mint 21 system. Let’s move towards the main topic and check how we can make Chrome browser as default one:

Check your default browser first by making use of mentioned command:

$ xdg-settings get default-web-browser

In the application menu, navigate towards Preference tab:

After that go to Preferred Applications, here you will see an option of Web in Preferred Applications screen which is set as Firefox Web Browser:

Select it to change settings and hit to Google Chrome to make it default browser:

Now, run the command again to confirm if our default web browsing setting has been changed or not:

$ xdg-settings get default-web-browser


Chrome is one of the fastest, most secure, and most popular browsers in the Linux system. It is designed with a user-friendly interface by Google and adds the capability to enhance its features by installing multiple extensions. Although Firefox is the default web browser on the Linux system, most users don’t wish to use it and set the Chrome browser as the default one. This article has covered this query of Linux users that how they can make Chrome Browser as default one. We have mentioned a step-by-step process that is understandable for beginners also.

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Syeda Wardah Batool

I am a Software Engineer Graduate and Self Motivated Linux writer. I also love to read latest Linux books. Moreover, in my free time, i love to read books on Personal development.