I was looking for a way to use the Thunderbird addressbook as phonebook and dial phonenumbers through jitsi. Here is a way how this can be achieved by registering jitsi as URL handler for SIP: like URLs together with the "Telify" Thunderbird extension.
1. At first we want to register a URL handler that makes jitsi the default application for specific URLs like SIP: or
If you want to configure the system for the user only,
open ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list with your favorite editor
If you want to configure the handler systemwide,
open /usr/share/applications/defaults.list for editing
Then add the following line to the end of the file:
You can use another handler if you want (callto:), but you will have to
configure Telify in step 4. accordingly.
2. Now we need jitsi to be able to receive the called URL
Edit /usr/share/applications/jitsi.desktop and modify the line
starting with "Exec" so that it reads:
3. Start Thunderbird and install the Telify extension - restart TB
4. In Thunderbird open the Telify preferences (Tools/Telify/Preferences)
and set "Used Protocol" to sip:
Now all phonenumbers in the addressbook are displayed as URLs that dial the number in Jitsi when Jitsi is running.
happy calling, Mark