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In this tutorial, we will see how to change the default browser used by Ubuntu or Debian. For Debian, the default web browser is Epiphany. To change the default web browser on Ubuntu or Debian, then follow these instructions:

1. Open the Terminal and run this command to check installed browsers on your system:

update-alternatives --list x-www-browser

For Ubuntu, I got this:

~$ update-alternatives --list x-www-browser
/usr/bin/firefox
/usr/bin/firefox-trunk
/usr/bin/iceweasel


For Debian, I got this:

~$ update-alternatives --list x-www-browser
/usr/bin/epiphany-browser
/usr/bin/iceweasel

2. To change the default browser, run this command:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

You will get something like this:

~$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
[sudo] password for steve:
There are 3 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).
  Selection    Path                    Priority   Status
------------------------------------------------------------
* 0            /usr/bin/iceweasel       70        auto mode
  1            /usr/bin/firefox         40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/firefox-trunk   40        manual mode
  3            /usr/bin/iceweasel       70        manual mode
Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:


Enter a selection number and press Enter. That's it!

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