This tutorial assumes that you are a sudoer running Gnome
What is .chm
Microsoft Compiled HTML Help is a proprietary format for online help files, developed by Microsoft and first released in 1997 as a successor to the Microsoft WinHelp format. It was first introduced with the release of Windows 98, and is still supported and distributed through Windows XP and Vista platforms.
The default installation of Ubuntu doesn’t include any reader for CHM help files, but you can add one easily.
I personally prefer Xchm which is lightweight and very user friendly, here is the command to install it:
user@computer:~$ sudo apt-get install xchm
You may be asked to enter your password.
Set default application
Now you need to associate files with the .chm extension with Xchm, so next time when you (double)click a CHM help file, it will automatically open it in Xchm:
- Right-click on any file with the .chm extension then click “Properties”
- Select the “Open With” tab and click “+ Add”
- Choose xchm and click “Add
(!) Hint: if you can’t find xchm easily, type it on your keyboard and it will be highlighted
Here’s a screenshot of what Xchm looks like