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ThunderBird - Opening HTTP links in Firefox

April 2015

Often, we come across scenarios where we have to open external HTTP links from an email. People have to copy and paste the link to a browser to view these websites. Mozilla Foundation's Thunderbird, an open source and cross platform browser, provides an easy way to get out of this long procedure. You need to customize the options for the network protocol handler to benefit from this feature of Thunderbird.

[ThunderBird] Opening HTTP links in Firefox




Intro


It's an annoying procedure, to copy/paste HTTP links from an email to see them properly or to see these links open automatically in a web browser that you do not like too much.

Fortunately you can configure Thunderbird for this purpose:

Thunderbird under Windows

  • Tools Menu
  • Options
  • Advanced Topic
  • General tab
  • Configuration Editor
  • In the filter enter the following value:
    • network.protocol-handler.app.http
  • Open the context menu via the right mouse button and choose New and then String.
  • Confirm all dialog boxes and the effect is immediate without the need to restart Thunderbird.
  • Please make sure the network.protocol-handler.warn-external.http has the value: true

Important notes:


Under Windows, you must enter the exact path of the browser

(example : c:/Program Files/Mozilla/Firefox/firefox.exe)
  • In this case it is vital that Firefox (the browser chosen) is the default browser
  • To do that, go to Control Panel and select Add-Remove Programs. Then click Set Program Access and Defaults on the left bar and follow the wizard.

Thunderbird under GNU/Linux

  • Edit Menu
  • Preferences
  • Advanced Topic
  • General tab
  • Configuration Editor
  • In the filter enter the following value:
    • network.protocol-handler.app.http 
  • Click it and enter the full path of the application.
  • Confirm all dialog boxes and the effect is immediate without the need to restart Thunderbird.

Notes:


Under GNU/Linux, you can simply enter the name of the application or firefox or iceweasel

Features common to Windows and GNU/Linux

  • Compatibility:
    • This trick is valid, in fact, for any browser. You can also use Opera. You just have to change the application name.
  • The tabs in Firefox:
    • The trick will open HTTP links in a new tab in Firefox (according to your personal settings).
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