Whitelisted allowedURLschemes breaks some desktop apps

Bug #1776873 reported by Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 🦄 on 2018-06-14
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Bug Description


snapd has a hard-coded list of allowed URL schemes. Currently that is limited to "http", "https", "mailto", "snap".

We have a number of applications in the store which are trying to use protocol handlers outside this scope and break when that's not possible.


Telegram Desktop: tg:/
Github Desktop: git:/
IRCCloud Desktop: irc:/

These are the ones I know of, others may also be affected. Can we please at least expand the list to those that we know of, and perhaps research other popular protocol handlers?

Ideally we wouldn't have a whitelist, because this delays our ability to land new applications with as-yet unknown url schemes.

Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga) on 2019-09-20
Changed in snapd:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga) wrote :

The whitelist exists because it acts as a mediation layer where we can at least review the application interpreting the input from the snap world. It is true that this is an inconvenience but the _current_ plan is to keep the whitelist in place and expand it on a case-by-case.

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