Ubuntu / Mint – Google Chrome start Incognito mode by default

A quick guide to set Incognito mode as default mode for Google Chrome in Linux Ubuntu / Mint (any version).

After Googling around for a while, I could only find a few tutorials going through a few confusing steps for new users (can be found here and here). Instead, here’s a quick tutorial that’ll help you set it up in under 30 seconds.

Execute the following commands in your terminal.

cd /usr/share/applications
sudo cp google-chrome.desktop google-chrome.backup
sudo vim google-chrome.desktop

Find the line

Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U

Replace the line with

Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable –incognito %U

Refer to this screenshot to ensure that your configuration file looks exactly like it.

That’s it! All new Google Chrome windows that you open will be incognito by default. You can remove the “incognito” text from the same configuration file in case you’d like to undo it.

Published by Nishant

With over 9 years in the industry, initially started as a Linux administrator and transitioned into DevOps Engineer. I work with deployment and infrastructure automation as well as application release management processes.

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