Posts Tagged 'Firefox'

Google Apps as Default Email Client in Ubuntu


I have a vanilla install of Ubuntu Hardy Heron. In Firefox, when I click someone’s email that uses the mailto link, it opens up the Evolution email client. This is the suck if you don’t use a desktop email client which more and more smart people are doing these days.

I use an email with my own domain, hosted on Google Apps for all my email needs. With a little inspiration from this page, I got Google Apps to be the default email client instead. Here’s how…

– Fire up your favorite text editor
– Copy and paste the following code:


firefox "`echo $1 | sed 's/mailto://'`"

Replace “” with your hosted Google Apps domain

– Save the file with the “.sh” extension (example: “”)
– Use a terminal to make the file executable with the following command:

$ chmod u+x path_to_file

The path_to_file is the location of the script. (example: “~/”)

– In Firefox, go to Edit > Preferences > Applications > mailto > Use other…
– Browse to and select the file you just created earlier

Woohoo! Now when you click a mailto link, it should compose a new email in the browser using Google Apps. Test it out by emailing me if it worked

Thanks to this comment, there’s a more elegant way to do this.

  1. In Firefox’s address bar, copy and paste the following and hit enter:
  2. Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!” when the warning appears
  3. In the “Filter:” field, copy and paste:
  4. Double click the found result to change the boolean value from false to true
  5. In the address bar, copy and paste the following:
    javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto","","Google Apps")
  6. Replace “” with your own Google Apps hosted domain and hit enter
  7. Click “Add Application” when it asks you a question
  8. go to Edit > Preferences > Applications > mailto
  9. Choose “Use Google Apps”

That’s it! Test it out by clicking my email,

I wish Firefox had it as a default option instead of the craptastic Yahoo! Mail.