Find the default application for a certain extension

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

Given xdg-open and an extension, is there a way to get the application which xdg-open is set to for that particular extension?

For example given xdg-open and .jpg the result is eog.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

AFAIK the choice of action is based on the file’s mimetype rather than its extension.

At least on Ubuntu, you should be able to use the query action of xdg-mime to show the default application for a specific mimetype

$ xdg-mime query default image/jpeg

You can check the mimetype for a particular file using xdg-mime query filetype e.g.

$ xdg-mime query filetype kqDRdnW.jpg

or using the file command e.g. file --mime-type <file>

See man xdg-mime for further usage information.

Method 2

To query the mime type used by an existing file by using xdg-utils, it works as:

$ xdg-mime query filetype

You can also set a new default, for instance to change an associated desktop entry by setting Thunara modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment – as the default file browser you should enter:

$ xdg-mime default Thunar.desktop inode/directory

Or for example to set the default application for http(s):// internet protocols, you can use:

$ xdg-mime default midori.desktop x-scheme-handler/http


$ xdg-mime default midori.desktop x-scheme-handler/https

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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