In both Chrome and Safari mailto: links open up iTerm instead of Mail.

This seemed to have started happening right around the same time I added a shortcut through Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts to use command+enter to Send in the Mail app.

But I have no idea if that has anything to do with this problem, or where else to even begin looking.

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You can set the default Mail application, via Mail.app Preferences.

It is underneath the "General" settings, as "Default email reader".

Even if Mail.app appears to be already selected it might be worth a shot to select something else, then go back to Mail.app in order to clear the cobwebs.

  • You nailed it! No idea how or why it got set to iTerm but changing it back to mail.app fixed it :-)
    – jeff_kile
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 6:56
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    This didn't fix it for me, it simply reverts back to iTerm2 :/
    – Jemus42
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 17:54
  • You should make a new question, with your situation. The solution likely involves file permissions but you can supply more details in your own question.
    – Kent
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 19:15
  • Q:Does this still work in Safari 13? A:Yes. Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 0:19

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