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Thursday, January 04, 2007

How to run multiple firefox profiles (Video)

It all started a friend had created two YouTube accounts and was getting them mixed up. I knew of a technique that firefox offers, but its hidden away and only works properly if you put it in a special mode. So I put this video together, to talk through how to use this technique.

Basically, firefox allows multiple profiles. If you create a new profile, it will have a separate configuration, including bookmarks, cookies, saved passwords, etc.

You may find it useful if you have multiple accounts on a website, such as a webmail provider, and you are fed up of logging in and out to switch between then.

The techniques described in this video have been tested on Windows XP (SP2) with Firefox Your milage may vary. By watching this video, you agree to absolve and indemnify me from all blame.

I may submit this as abug to the firefox people. Such a simple facility like this shouldn't need video of over five minutes to illustrate. I would suggest that somehow, the MOZ_NO_REMOTE option could be made into a command line option. That way, my video would only need to talk through using the profile manager and how to create a new XP shortcut, without having to make batch files.

For now though, here are the commands, all ready for copying and pasting...

The two commands typed in the CMD window are:
"c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -ProfileManager

The batch file contents (3 lines):
@echo off
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p "Second"
(Remember to replace "Second" with the applicable profile name.)

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  • I was going to comment asking why you didnt just make a batch file but then I watched the end of the video :)

    I had a similar problem a while back, when dealing with two gmail accounts, one for email and one for blogger. My solution was to use two different browser clients. This has an advantage that I can have both accounts open and the same time and that im always logged into both.

    By Blogger GammaGoblin, At 3:25 PM, January 07, 2007  

  • That would work too if you don't mind using different browsers.

    By Blogger Bill P. Godfrey, At 3:29 PM, January 07, 2007  

  • Anything but firefox :)

    By Blogger GammaGoblin, At 3:44 PM, January 07, 2007  

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