How to stop Open with winebrowser.exe

By default, after install wine or its helper like CrossOver, PlayOnLinux… Wine can really mess up with your system file associations at the moment. Some file extension was associated with Open with winebrowser.exe automatically. I faced with this inconvenience problem when open a pdf file by enter button or double click in file manager. The wine will creating a lot of file dependencies to start a new wine.exe instance, it costs time and garbage files per folder where you store the pdf file.

How to stop Open with "winebrowser.exe" in file manager
How to stop Open with “winebrowser.exe” in file manager


I used CrossOver as Wine helper to run Windows programes on Linux, here is the method to stop Open with "winebrowser.exe" action on file manager context menu. That means it will be opening by your choosen viewer.

  1. Start CrossOver, select default bottle.
  2. Navigate to Edit Associations in Control Panels menu.
    Edit Associations
    Edit Associations
  3. Uncheck Show common file types only to unhide the hidden extensions.
  4. Go to .pdf then select Ignore Extensions.
    Select Ignore extension
    Select Ignore extension
  5. Click OK then re-start your current file manager.


PlayOnLinux has build-in file associations at Settings > File Associations. It’s very easy to add/remove/change file types with default applications.


If you use wine without any helpers, since wine-3.14, winecfg has a Manage File Associations checkbox on the Desktop Integration tab. Checking it enables winemenbuilder to create file associations and unchecking it disables that behavior. It doesn’t consider whether user want to add file association linked to specific program. Instead, winemenubuilder.exe builds links between file types and programs without any user interaction or acceptance by default.
Disabling winemenubuilder.exe altogether will prevent wine from hijacking your file associations, but it will also prevent it from creating menu entries for newly installed software, which may be an undesired behavior.
To remove all of the file associations in one fell swoop without winemenubuilder.exe, here are some bash’s commands to make it done:

$ rm -f ~/.local/share/applications/wine-extension*.desktop
$ rm -f ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/*/*/application-x-wine-extension*
$ rm -f ~/.local/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache

The first command removes all of the Wine extension .desktop files that Windows programs have created while the second clears out any icons that Wine might have associated with them.
Don’t forget to remove the old cache with these commands:

$ rm -f ~/.local/share/mime/packages/x-wine*
$ rm -f ~/.local/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache
$ rm -f ~/.local/share/mime/application/x-wine-extension*


$ update-desktop-database ~/.local/share/applications
$ update-mime-database ~/.local/share/mime/

Notes: Make sure to never run these commands unnecessarily, though, since they really will reset the MIME types that Nautilus, PCManFM, Thunar and other file managers use to associate different extensions with different programs.
Once Wine has polluted your Linux file open dialogs and you want to get rid of all that stuff, the only certain solution is to remove all wine-extension entries in


Notes: Removing the associations from ~/.local/share/* will work temporarily, until you install something new and winemenubuilder runs again.

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