If you ever run into a problem with az login opening a Windows browser to complete the login, this blog post may help. I ran into this today. When I did az logout followed by az login I saw the following, and the login did not complete succesfully.

/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: firefox: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: iceweasel: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: seamonkey: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: mozilla: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: epiphany: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: konqueror: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: chromium: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: chromium-browser: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: google-chrome: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: www-browser: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: links2: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: elinks: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: links: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: lynx: not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: 851: /usr/bin/xdg-open: w3m: not found
xdg-open: no method available for opening 'https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/authorize?response_type=code&client_id=04b07795-8ddb-461a-bbee-02f9e1bf7b46&redirect_uri=http://localhost:8400&state=jq29agg65cx8xmh3axhv&resource=https://management.core.windows.net/&prompt=select_account'

I thought:


After poking around a bit, I arrived at the following solution.

1. Make an executable script in my bin directory that runs the browser on the windows side

See step 5 in my previous post. Modify the script to reference your preferred browser.

2. Create an edge.desktop file in the correct place

Make it so this file exists: ~/.local/share/applications/edge.desktop and has the following content.

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/home/edburns/bin/runedge.sh %u
Comment=Custom definition for Edge Beta

You’ll need to modify the value of the Exec line accordingly. Also, if you are using a different browser, you’ll need to change the name of the file to whaterYourBrowser.desktop. Close the file when done editing.

3. Use xdg-settings to set the default-web-browser

Now that you have created edge.desktop in the correct place, you can tell xdg-settings that it is the default browser.

xdg-settings set default-web-browser edge.desktop

The first time I ran this, it took a while, and I observed it added this line to the edge.desktop file.


You can verify the setting with the following command.

xdg-settings get default-web-browser

4. az login should pop up the browser.

az logout
az login