File Associations in Mint

How does one associate a file type (extension) with a specific application in Linux Mint?

It’s actually very simple. Run the file manager (Caja), right-click on the file, select Properties and the Open With tab. Now, click on one of the radio buttons for the listed applications. As the message at the top of the window states, this will “…open <the selected file> and other files of type <selected file type>…” using the selected application.


File associations

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2 Responses to File Associations in Mint

  1. nashjc says:

    Hi Alan,
    I’ve found it useful to know that the file associations are saved in ~/local/share. I’ve sometimes found that I messed up the setup, and ended up with several possible “open with” entries. As far as I can tell, I can just delete the files that represent the bad associations.

    • Alan German says:


      Does this location depend on the version of Mint and/or the desktop environment, or are the file associations stored in various locations? The file at ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list on my current system (Mint 18.3/Cinnamon) has very few associations listed, while some I recognize are stored at ~/.config/mimeapps.list.


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