xdg-settings – get various settings from the desktop environment

Get the desktop file name of the current default web browser

xdg-settings get default-web-browser

Check whether the default web browser is firefox.desktop, which can be false even if “get default-web-browser” says that is the current value (if only some of the underlying settings actually reflect that value)

xdg-settings check default-web-browser firefox.desktop

Set the default web browser to google-chrome.desktop

xdg-settings set default-web-browser google-chrome.desktop

Set the default mailto URL scheme handler to be evolution.desktop

xdg-settings set default-url-scheme-handler mailto evolution.desktop

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