Forcing Trello URLs to Default to Desktop App

Has anyone found a way to force Trello URLs to Default to Desktop App?  E.G. When you’re in email, or Slack, and you click on a Trello link, it would open in the Trello app vs the browser default

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Hi Matt,


This isn't currently possible, but would definitely be nice, I agree! I'll pass the message on to our developers!

This is a potential show stopper for using the Trello desktop app. I've been using the app for a few days now, but you don't make it easy for me when these links still send me back to the browser all the time.

This feature would be much appreciated! 

The desktop app is rendered useless because I receive Trello links from team members via Slack and they only open in the browser.

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Same here. This is a feature that would really make the difference to use the Trello app.


At least using the URL, searching for it in the app and finding it would help!

it would be pretty hype to use the trello://... format, at least on Mac


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+1 (btw paws for trello the former for mac was able to do this via a chrome extension)

+1, I signed up here just to vote on this!

Bump. +1. it's been almost 4 months since this was posted. Would really love to use the desktop app but really can't. Should have been part of the MVP.

+1  Also signed up to vote for this

+1  I need this as well

+1 Halting use of the desktop app until this is added. Which sucks since the separation of Trello and Chrome is way better for alt-tabbing. Plus all the other benefits of the desktop app that Trello came up with when they decided to build it.

+1 seriously

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Pat Begg I'm New Here Oct 18, 2018

+1, it's a must

+1, as a dev facing a similar problem, also curious how you end up solving it (which hopefully happens soon <3)

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I know it's kinda old, but have a look at AutoHotKey. 

This is the script I am using. I right click, copy link on every slack link. The script checks for in the clipboard and if it finds it then it activates the trello application and CtrlAltV (paste and go) the link. That gets you to the card you want, within the application.


#SingleInstance force
ClipChanged(Type) {
copyOfClip = %clipboard%
var1 := ""
foundPos := InStr(copyOfClip,var1)
if (foundPos >0)
Process, Exist, %Processname%

If !ErrorLevel
pid := ErrorLevel
WinActivate, % "ahk_pid " pid
Sleep, 50
Send {Ctrl down}{Alt down}v
Sleep, 50
Send {Ctrl up}{Alt up}


Hope it helps.

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Definitely would be a help. Otherwise, what's the point of using the desktop app? In the meantime is there any workaround for non-programmers?

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