Changing file association for all media files

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Wed Nov 28 22:37:53 GMT 2007

On Wednesday 28 November 2007, Dotan Cohen wrote:

> Thank you Kevin. I don't think that I was very clear in my question,
> so I will rephrase it. How do I configure KDE to open every type of
> audio file in Amarok?
> As it stands now, I must click on MP3, and change it to Amarok, then
> WAV and change it to Amarok, then ogg and change it to Amarok, and so
> on for 10+ different filetypes. Is there not one fell swoop that will
> change ALL the filetypes in Kcontrol -> KDE Components -> File
> Association -> Audio to Amarok?

I'll try to explain it a bit differently.
Each application, including Amarok, specifies in its .desktop file (which is 
also used to create the K-menu entry) which MIME types (or file types) it can 

It *also* specifies a numeric value called the initial perference, i.e. 
something KDE and other desktop environments use to determine which of all 
the applications to choose if more than one application says it can handle 
the MIME type in question.

As the name indicates ("initial") it can be overridden, e.g. by reordering the 
application's in control center. This reordering is saved 
in .kde/share/config/profilerc (assuming KDEHOME to be $HOME/.kde/)


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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