In the default applications settings, is it possible to set the default email client to an AppImage? I'm using a Tutanota Desktop client for Linux that's an AppImage file but I don't see a way to use it as my default email client & when I search online for solutions I just see articles & forum posts explaining how to integrate AppImages into the DE but I already know how to do that so I was wondering if any one knows of any solutions.

EDIT: I was told to "as root, open this with your text editor: IE: sudo nano /usr/share/applications/defaults.list change it: x-scheme-handler/mailto=thunderbird.desktop x-scheme-handler/mailto=/path/to/myCoolEmail.appimage" and "protocol says if it is not installed at /usr/local/bin or /opt move it there." but when I did as instructed it still didn't make it where I could choose the AppImage file from the default applications settings. Is it not possible to do this? Would this suggested solution be a good workaround despite not making a difference in the settings GUI?

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I found this solution to my problem: Download the Tutanota Appimage

Install the Main Menu application by running this line of code in the Terminal application:

sudo apt install alacarte

Find and select the Tutanota application in the Main Menu application. I found it in the left-hand list under Internet

Select Properties on the right-hand side

Find the Command line and add this string to the end:


Run this line of code in the Terminal application: update-desktop-database ~/.local/share/applications

At this point the Tutanota app should display as the default mail app if you check out settings.

  • While no fan of appimage, this is certainly an excellent answer to your own question. Thank you for leaving the basic guide on how to do it here for everyone.
    – rasmus91
    Mar 15, 2020 at 12:07
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    No problem. I don't particularly like that they released it as an AppImage versus some other option but I'm glad I was able to integrate it into elementary after doing some research. Initially I couldn't find any solutions online but in a #linux channel on a slack workspace I'm in I found people who were able to help direct me to helpful articles on the subject that I failed to find on my own with the keywords I used in Google.
    – kapro
    Mar 21, 2020 at 3:48

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