Ubuntu – Open irc:// links in XChat from Firefox and Chromium


I want to open channels in servers specified in irc:// links in XChat, but directly pointing to XChat binary (in Firefox) did not work – the window to choose servers appears as usual. I don't know how to associate irc:// links with XChat in Chromium.

Best Answer

One possible solution is to make a little script to open the irc chanel in an existing xchat, and pass that to Firefox.

For example - make a file in /usr/bin called xchat-firefox and put in it:

xchat --existing --url=$@

Add executable permission to the script:

sudo chmod +x xchat-firefox

Now using the menu option Edit-Preferences-Applications Tab in Firefox select "xchat-firefox" for the "irc" content-type.

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