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Thunderbird Configured to Open Links in Firefox

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

As you may remember, in my last post I stated that my only problem with Thunderbird was its apparent inability to open links in Firefox. This problem has been solved! Solution: When in Thunderbird, do the following:
Select the "Advance" tab->
Select the Config Editor at the bottom of the window.

When in the "Config Editor" :
Right Click->
Name: network.protocol-handler.app.ftp ; Value: /path/to/firefox


Right Click->
Name: network.protocol-handler.app.http ; Value: /path/to/firefox

And once more:

Right Click->
Name: network.protocol-handler.app.https ; Value: /path/to/firefox

Of course, set the /path/to/firefox as the location of Firefox (in most cases /usr/bin/firefox). This should configure Thunderbird to open all links in a Firefox window (or Tab if Firefox is already running). Hope this helps for some people that were in my same situation! Many thanks to the kind people @ MozillaZine.org forums who helped me get this!
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Thanx a zillion for these. Was stuck and began pulling my hair !!! Long live ...

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 9:00 AM  

Works great. Then you very much.

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3:34 AM  

thanks...works great!

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3:15 AM  

If you want Firefox (right click -> Send Link)to use Thunderbird then...

In Firefox address bar:
1)enter about:config
2) if network.protocol-handler.app exists jump to step 5...

otherwise create it...
3) right click -> New string -> enter network.protocol-handler.app.mailto
5) Set the value to your Thunderbird binary file path, ie: /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird

this will work after you close and reopen firefox

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 9:56 AM  

Many thanks.

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 2:26 AM  

What?!? Clean, straight-forward answers to an important question!?! You are in gross violation of the Unwritten Law of Linux Answers! Turn yourself in to the nearest detention center!

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8:20 PM  

Just great. a long time I've been looking for this

Many thanks

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 11:03 PM  

thank you!

commented by Blogger smok, 1:13 PM  

thanx, great help. just one little detail, is there a way to tell firefox to open the link in a new tab instead of a new window in case it is already running?


commented by Blogger Tim, 4:28 AM  

Thanks for this easy to follow guide.

commented by Blogger lemon2blue, 12:41 PM  



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commented by Blogger sexy, 2:25 AM  

Thanks , mate.

commented by Blogger lemon2blue, 5:53 PM  

Great work - thanks a million!

commented by Blogger PC Rescue, 6:02 AM  

Don't know what "sexy" is doing here. That piece of chinese has nothing to do with Thunderbird, Firefox or Linux.

Bye the way, THANKS for your clear explanation.

commented by Blogger collinux, 12:02 PM  

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