GNOME Question: How does one load https links into the preferred browser?

You’ve done it, you’ve gone to your email and clicked a link. The link will happily load into your preferred browser, in my case, Firefox. If you are using gnome-terminal, its a ctrl+click on the link and it works great. I use irssi with gnome-terminal and when someone pastes a link, I ctrl+click and up comes the website in my Firefox. GNOME even will switch me to my own workspace, which is pretty nice!

Except when the link starts with https!

Why is this!

I’ve hunted high and low, searched google for terms like “GNOME click https” with no luck. Frustration has really set in for me, because its not something that majorly affects me but its just enough of a bother. I’ve waited to see if someone else got frustrated enough and wanted to fix this problem as well. So far, no dice.

So, I’m looking for answers to this eternal question. When I click (or ctrl+click) an https link in any application, why doesn’t it automatically load into my browser? Is there a solution to this? Please comment, they are much appreciated.

UPDATE: It seems that from the suggestions I was given, things are working much better now.  Originally, I had the custom option chosen in my preferred applications, and that was pointing to Firefox.  At a whim, I changed it to actually be Firefox, and all is well.

Thanks to everyone who commented on this.



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4 Responses to GNOME Question: How does one load https links into the preferred browser?

  1. Works for me in the terminal in rawhide. Also works with GNOME xchat. It may be your version of GNOME or the particular web site.

  2. Bastien says:

    It’s called dingus click, and it uses the default browser settings in the “Preferred Applications” preferences. For the rest, read recent Fedora Weekly News, or use a well integrated browser (such as Epiphany).

  3. sontek says:

    If https isn’t working for you its because it’s disabled in gconf. Open up gconf-editor and go to desktop->gnome->url-handlers and then under there you will see http and https, you can define the command to use when those appear and if they are enabled.

  4. nicu buculei says:

    The application used to set the defaults is gnome-default-applications-properties
    If it set the default only for http and not for https then I guess [GNOME] bugzilla is the best place to go.

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