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get various settings from the desktop environment


xdg-settings {get | check | set} {property} [value]

xdg-settings {--help | --list | --manual | --version}

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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


xdg-settings gets various settings from the desktop environment. For instance, desktop environments often provide proxy configuration and default web browser settings. Using xdg-settings these parameters can be extracted for use by applications that do not use the desktop environment's libraries (which would use the settings natively).

xdg-settings is for use inside a desktop session only. It is not recommended to use xdg-settings as root.



Show command synopsis.


List all properties xdg-settings knows about.


Show this manualpage.


Show the xdg-utils version information.


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exit codes

An exit code of 0 indicates success while a non-zero exit code indicates failure. The following failure codes can be returned:


Error in command line syntax.


One of the files passed on the command line did not exist.


A required tool could not be found.


The action failed.


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