Ubuntu – How to open Chromium in incognito mode by default


I would like to be able to open Chromium in incognito mode automatically. I'm new to Linux and I love it so far but I haven't yet found a way to do this. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.

Best Answer

I assume you mean the Chromium Web Browser.

You have to change one line in the chromium-browser.desktop file. The best is to do that locally:

  1. Copy the file from /usr/share/applications to /home/yourname/.local/share/applications
  2. Open the file with gedit (open gedit and drag the local desktop file on to the gedit window)
  3. Find the first line in the file that begins with Exec=
  4. Replace the line by Exec=chromium-browser --incognito

a few remarks:

  • The folder /home/yourname/.local/share/applications is a hidden folder by default. To make it visibe: go to your home folder, type ctrl + h, the .local folder will appear.

  • You can copy the chromium-browser.desktop file to your local folder with the command: cp /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop

  • You might have to log out and back in before the changes to take effect.