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How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

At the moment there is container feature, but it doesn’t really work like how I prefer it to be.

1. A container is limited to a tab, not a Firefox window 2. Something similar to Chrome profile would be great. 3. My current flow is that each window is per profile, meaning that one window is for work, one for personal, etc.

Will Firefox consider this as a future improvement, or Firefox doesn’t prefer this kinda of workflow?

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Hi alienxp03, Firefox does not integrate its profile manager into the toolbar, unfortunately, you need to load an obscure internal page:

Built-in Profile Manager

Inside Firefox, type or paste about:profiles in the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it.

Click the “Create a New Profile” button, then click Next. Assign a name like Work, ignore the option to relocate the profile folder, and click the Finish button.

After creating the profile, scroll down to it and click the Launch profile in new browser button to run it side-by-side with the currently running profile.

Firefox should open a new window that looks like a brand new, uncustomized installation. (Your existing Firefox window(s) should not be affected.)

Will that work for you?

Unlike Chrome, Firefox doesn’t send external links to the most recently used profile, but to the default profile. So that will require some adjustment. You can change the default profile on the about:profiles page when it’s more efficient for your workflow.

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Hi alienxp03, Firefox does not integrate its profile manager into the toolbar, unfortunately, you need to load an obscure internal page:

Built-in Profile Manager

Inside Firefox, type or paste about:profiles in the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it.

Click the “Create a New Profile” button, then click Next. Assign a name like Work, ignore the option to relocate the profile folder, and click the Finish button.

After creating the profile, scroll down to it and click the Launch profile in new browser button to run it side-by-side with the currently running profile.

Firefox should open a new window that looks like a brand new, uncustomized installation. (Your existing Firefox window(s) should not be affected.)

Will that work for you?

Unlike Chrome, Firefox doesn’t send external links to the most recently used profile, but to the default profile. So that will require some adjustment. You can change the default profile on the about:profiles page when it’s more efficient for your workflow.

I am wondering it this is possible – I have a Windows 10 laptop that needs to be upgraded to V202H and I am told that the upgrade will probably delete all of my current programs and settings – including my Firefox install and all bookmarks. To help recover from that, I wanted to know if it would be possible to set up an alternate Firefox in a not often used local account on my Windows 7 laptop and then sync the two so that after the upgrade, I can download Firefox again onto the Win 10 laptop and then sync it back so that I can get all of my bookmarks and settings for FF back onto the Win 10 laptop.

I don’t want to sync it with the Firefox that I use in my regular Win 7 user account since that has a separate set of bookmarks and settings that I wouldn’t want to change. I just wanted a way to “hold” all of the Win 10 Firefox stuff and “reinstall” it, and had thought that sync might be a way to do that.

If that won’t work, is there a way to transfer the entire FF profile over to a new install on that laptop once it is upgraded?

Thanks for any help! Much appreciated!

Выбранное решение

You can create a new profile, but Sync only covers a subset of your data so keeping a backup of your profile or possibly transplanting files would be more complete. For best results, keep your Windows user name the same between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Creating a Second Profile

Inside Firefox, type or paste about:profiles in the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it.

Take a quick glance at the page and make a mental note of which Profile has this notation: This is the profile in use and it cannot be deleted. That is your current default profile.

Click the “Create a New Profile” button, then click Next. Assign a name like Win7, ignore the option to relocate the profile folder, and click the Finish button.

Firefox will switch your default profile to the new one, so click the Set as Default Profile button for your regular one to avoid an unwanted surprise at your next startup.

Scroll down to Win7 and click its Launch profile in new browser button.

Firefox should open a new window that looks like a brand new, uncustomized installation. (Your existing Firefox window(s) should not be affected.) Only log in to your separate Firefox Account in this profile to avoid merging data/settings.

When you are done with the experiment, you can close the extra window without affecting your regular Firefox profile. (Win7 will remain available for future use.)

Backing up Your Profile Folder

You can copy the entire folder. Note: By default, the AppData folder is hidden, so to ease the process, I suggest setting Windows to show hidden files and folders:

Please check the folder and make sure it contains a bookmarkbackups folder with up-to-date files. Otherwise, you might have copied the wrong folder.

Transplanting a Profile Backup

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

If you share your computer with other people, Mozilla Firefox has a groovy feature that allows you to create multiple profiles. Here’s a simple guide which explains how it works.

Update: This article was written years ago. For an updated version of this process read: How to Create and Manage Multiple Profiles in Firefox

If you share your computer with other people, Mozilla Firefox has a groovy feature that allows you to create multiple profiles. Here’s a simple guide that explains how it works.

You can locate the profiles at the following paths.

Go to Start Menu and type Run.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Type firefox.exe -p to open Mozilla Firefox Profile Manager. Make sure Firefox is not running otherwise it will not open the Profile Manager.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

It will show you all the profiles for Firefox. Now, click on Create Profile button and it will open a new pop-up window. Press Next.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Type the name of the new profile and click Finish.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

By default, Firefox will ask you which profile you want to use each time you launch Firefox. For this example, uncheck the Don’t ask on Startup option because I’m going to show you how to set up a custom shortcut instead.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Create a Firefox shortcut and go to its Properties by right-clicking on it.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

In the Shortcut tab, paste the following and press OK

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Now, whenever you want to access a different profile just create a new shortcut for that person. Nice and simple.

Firefox stores the profile info at the following location below. This is handy to know if you ever want to delete the profile or other data.

Firefox in its current form supports the creation of multiple profiles, but it is not as straightforward when compared to Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, and that’s disappointing. The feature is quite useful, and since Google is now making a big deal about it, we can only hope Mozilla sees the light before long.

Why you may need multiple Firefox Profiles

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Some users may want to have multiple profiles for different reasons. For example, having a single profile for work, and another for personal reasons all on a single computer makes a lot of sense. This is important since not all companies can afford to give employees a work computer, which means, they are forced to use their own.

For those who do web development work, having different profiles is beneficial. With this, there is no need to test websites and apps on a single profile, just run it all in a newly created profile and that’s it. The only downside is how we go about activating this feature.

How to create Firefox Profiles

Using the Firefox User Profile Manager you can create one or more Firefox Profiles on your Windows 10 PC, in a few easy steps.

  • Launch Firefox browser
  • Type about:profiles in the address bar and hit Enter
  • The About Profiles page will open
  • Press Create New Profile to launch the wizard
  • Enter the required details
  • Click Finish and restart the browser.

The first thing you will need to do is type about:profiles in the URL bar and hit the Enter key on the keyboard.

You should now see the About Profiles page with a short description at the top.

Now, in order to create a new profile, please click on the button that says Create New Profile.

Follow the instructions and be sure to give it a name in order to better separate it from the others on the list. Once you’re done, click Finish.

From the same About Profiles page, look for the one you’ve just created, and click on Launch profile in new browser.

After doing this, a new Firefox browser window should appear that is separate from the current one.

OK, so using about:profiles is the easy way, but there are other ways you might want to consider.

  • Press “Wind+R” on your keyboard.
  • Type firefox –new-instance –ProfileManager and hit Enter.
  • Alternatively, you could type firefox.exe -p and hit Enter.

Rename and Delete Firefox Profile

When it comes down to renaming a profile and deleting, the task is simple. Just return to the Profile Manager section, then from the profile, you want to rename, simply click on the Rename button. In terms of deleting the profile, hit Remove and that’s it.

Set default Firefox profile

After creating a profile, it becomes the default automatically after you’ve opened it. However, if you have multiple and want to manually make one of them the default choice, then click on the button that says Set as the default profile.

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By default, when you download and install a new Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer, you can only use it with one profile. The Firefox browser stores user data – including bookmarks, settings, saved passwords, history, cookies, and everything else – in one location, a specific folder named “Default”. That’s the reason why you need to sign out your Facebook or email account before logging into another account.

Now, you don’t need to do that anymore, because you can create as many Firefox profile as you want. And run multiple Firefox profiles at once. Each profile has a separate profile folder, and won’t conflict with the others.

It’s a good idea to set up different browser profiles for personal use, work, private browsing or testing purposes. With multiple profiles, you can easy to log into one website with different accounts. For example, open two Gmail accounts at the same time never been easier, and you don’t need to sign out any account.

Google Chrome also has this feature, and it appears to use to choose. But in the Firefox browser, it’s hidden. To use multiple profiles in Firefox, you need to enable it with a simple trick. This method also works with other Mozilla products, such as Thunderbird email client.

Enable And Launch Firefox Profile Manager

There is no way to access Firefox Profile Manager within the browser like in the Chrome. To enable and launch it, you will have to start Mozilla Firefox with the “-p” option in the shortcut.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Has a Firefox shortcut on your desktop? Just right-click on it and select Properties. Next, add the “-p” at the end of the target field and then click “OK”.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Next step, right-click on your My Computer icon and then choose Properties.

On the left side, choose “Advanced system settings”, select “Advanced” tab, and then click on the “Environment Variables” button.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Another window will show up, click “New” in the System variable section.

Type: MOZ_NO_REMOTE as the variable name, and “1” as the value, and then click three “OK” buttons to save the change. You will now be able to create and run multiple Firefox profiles at once.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

How To Create And Run Multiple Firefox Profiles At Once?

After that, click on the shortcut to open the Firefox Profile Manager. You will see three options to create a new profile, rename a profile and delete a profile.

To create a new Firefox profile, hit the “Create Profile” button > Next, and then choose the name and location where you want to store user data. You can select any location to keep your Firefox user data, even in a USB flash drive or memory card. Once you have created, no way to change this location, but you can backup and restore it to another place.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

There are two options to delete a Firefox profile: delete profile without delete files, and remove the profile and remove files.

How To Create Separate Shortcuts For Each Firefox Profile?

Along with launching a selected Firefox profile from the Profile Manager, you can create a shortcut for it and the launch it by clicking. To do so, simply add an extra option to the target field: “profile name”. It’s the name of the selected Firefox profile. For example:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -p Default

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

If there is a space in your Firefox profile’s name, enclose it in quotes. For example:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -p “Default name”

Please remember only use “Program Files (x86)” if you are running Windows 32-bit. If you are using Windows 64-bit, the location should be:

“C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -p “Default name”

Have something wanted to ask or add to this guide? Leave your comment below.

Last updated on April 6, 2021 By Venkat

When Profile Manager aka about: profiles page is not enough, then the add-on named Profile Switcher available on AMO lets you easily manage or switch between profiles in Firefox from the toolbar like in Chrome.

Firefox stores your preferences, bookmarks, history in a separate folder from Program Files called Profile. You can create multiple profiles.

The Firefox profile manager lets you create, remove, rename and switch profiles.

To be more precise, It displays all the profiles and allows to accomplish the following actions on each:

  • Rename a profile,
  • Remove a profile
  • Set a particular profile as default,
  • Launch profile in a new window

You can use the Profile manager also to manage profiles when Firefox is not running. This could be helpful when Firefox doesn’t open when you launch.

Enter Firefox.exe -p command in the Run dialog and choose a profile to start or you can delete or rename a particular profile.

Most users unaware of the command will definitely find the about: profiles page helpful.

Get Chrome-like Profile Manager in Firefox

But Chrome allows changing between profiles from the toolbar.

It displays other profiles to conveniently switch to from the active profile button itself.

If you want a similar experience with profiles in Firefox, look no further, go ahead and install the “Profile Switcher” addon on AMO without a second thought.

You can customize the profile with different pictures. Most of them are added from Chrome.

The extension works on Windows and Linux but requires additional software “Profile switcher for Firefox connector” for the addon to function.

Using Profile Switcher in Firefox

  1. After installing the extension, click on the profile icon in the toolbar.
  2. It lists multiple profiles you’re running in Firefox under Other profiles.
    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox
  3. You can click on a profile to launch in a new browser window.
  4. The Manage profiles option at the bottom allows you to add a new profile or edit an existing profile.
    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox
  5. You can able to add profile pictures when you add or edit a profile.
    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

The extension is open-source and available on Github.

What’s your take on the Profile Switcher add-on? Have you found it useful? Let us know in the comments.

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Is this the first time you’ve heard about multiple Firefox profiles? In that case, you should know that profiles are separate browsing profiles that run independently of each other. Each profile has its own folder that stores bookmarks, browser settings, add-ons, browsing history, cookies, cached files, and other data.

This is a very handy feature that helps you clone your Firefox browser into different versions. For example, you can create a new Firefox profile just for reading newspapers or watching videos, and another profile for doing more important things like checking your emails or using for online payments. Mozilla Firefox stores the browsing data of each profile in different places, and you can clear the browsing data of one profile without affecting other profiles.

Previously, you could only create and run multiple Firefox profiles with Profile Manager, but now it’s more straightforward because you can do the same things within the browser. Mozilla Firefox allows you to manage profiles while it’s running. You can quickly create a new browser profile, launch it, rename or remove it, as well as set it as a default profile within the browser.

To access this feature, you need to type about:profiles into Firefox’s address bar, and then press Enter . The next step is to bookmark this page for quick access in the future.

How To Create Multiple Firefox Profiles On Your Computer

If this is the first time you’re using multiple profiles, you will see a profile named Default in the About Profiles page. This is the profile you are still using every day.

To create a new Firefox profile, click on the Create a New Profile button.

In the Introduction window, click on the Continue button (or Next if you use Windows) to move to the next step.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Next, you need to choose a name for this new profile and set a new folder to store the browsing data if you want. After that, click on the Done button (or Finish , in Windows), and your Firefox profile will be created.

Go back to the About Profiles page; it has five function buttons that you can use, which are:

Open Folder (or Show in Finder, on macOS)

Use to open the data folder that contains the browsing history, cookies, cached files, settings, and much more. You can use this button to quickly locate where the data folder of a specific profile is, as well as easily transfer a Firefox profile from Windows to macOS and vice versa.

Rename

You can use it to rename a profile to identify it from others. Give it a unique and memorable name in case you use multiple profiles.

Remove

Use this option to delete a specific Firefox profile in case you don’t want to use it anymore. Mozilla Firefox gives you two options: delete profile data files or don’t. If you select to remove your profile and delete profile data files, then all the data related to that profile will be erased and can’t be restored. However, if you choose the “don’t delete files” option, those files will be there. You can quickly restore your Firefox profile by creating a new profile in the same folder. One thing you should know is that you can’t delete the default profile. If you want to delete a profile that is currently the default profile, then set another profile to the default, and then you can delete the previous profile.

Set as default profile

Use this option to set a specific profile to be the default profile. It’s the profile that will run first when you click on the Firefox icon.

Launch profile in new browser

Use to open the selected Firefox profile and run independently. If the selected profile doesn’t have this button, it means it’s running.

The good news is that Mozilla Firefox has allowed us to run multiple profiles at once. You no longer need to add an extra element into system settings and its shortcut anymore.

However, selecting and opening a Firefox profile is not as convenient as Google Chrome. In the Chrome browser, you just need to click on the icon in the upper right corner, then select the profile you want to open. I hope Mozilla will bring this tiny handy option into Firefox soon enough.

Firefox has a nice feature to keep your sessions and cookies separated out in different isolated environments, which they call “Profiles”.

Firefox Profiles

  • Each Profile stores its own cookies, history, cache, add-ons, passwords, and sessions.
  • No Cookies or Sessions are linked between two profiles, they act like separate browsers entirely.
  • You can create as many profiles as you want, there is no limit. You can delete them anytime you want.

To know more about Firefox Profiles, follow their official document here.

Firefox Profile Manager

To manage these different profiles, Firefox comes with an inbuilt Profile Manager.
Go to URL about:profiles .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Know more about Profile Manager in Firefox’s official document.

Default Profile

Profile: default is your current Firefox Profile. All the websites you have accessed so far on Firefox are storing your current data, cookies, and sessions in this profile. We will leave it as it is.

Setting up your Accounts

The Rule of Thumb is, One Business Account ↔ One Firefox Profile ↔ One IPBurger Fresh/Dedicated IP Address

If you want to set up 5 accounts, you will need 5 Firefox Profiles in the Profile Manager, and 5 Fresh/Dedicated IP Addresses from IPBurger.

Create a new Profile

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Give it a Friendly Name, let’s call it Account #1.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Launch Firefox in the new Profile

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

A new Firefox Window should open now, which is a completely Isolated Browser environment, and no data/cookies/history is linked with other profiles.

Setup IPBurgerVPN Extension in the new Profile

The IPBurgerVPN Extension for Firefox is specifically designed for protecting Stealth/Business Accounts. It turns your browser into a Protected Browser, where you can use your Business Account without ever worrying about leaks, being caught, or linked. The browser becomes a Safe Zone for your online activity.

This is explained in detail in this guide: Guide: Use IPBurger VPN Directly in Firefox

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

That’s it! Your account is fully set up and ready to be used.

Multiple Profiles for Multiple Accounts

Now follow the same process for any number of accounts you want to create, with no limitations.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Each of these Profiles will be protected with a Dedicated IP Address, that you can use to access one of your Business Accounts.

Note: You do not need to create multiple User Accounts on the Computer, you can create multiple profiles under the same user account. Since Firefox Profiles do a pretty good job at keeping things separate, your data will not be linked.

Access Your Accounts

Open Firefox, go to about:profiles , and launch the Profile for your Business Account that you want to access.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Open many Accounts at once

You can keep multiple Profiles and Accounts open at once, and there would be no linkages between them.

As mentioned earlier, Firefox Profiles are completely isolated from each other, and our Extension turns them into Safe Zones, where you can access your Business Accounts with trust and ease.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

For any queries, feel free to reach out to our Support, we are happy to help!

How can I set up Firefox on a Windows 7 family PC so that Firefox can be used by people who have a Firefox Sync account as well as those who don’t? How can FF Sync be setup so that I can log out of my Sync account when I leave the computer?

This is a computer were I cannot just add other Windows 7 user accounts and I cannot install Google Chrome and use Google Accounts.

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Use the Firefox Profile Manager to create multiple profiles.

  1. Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog, type firefox.exe -p and press Enter.
  2. Create your additional profile(s).
  3. Create additional shortcuts to these profiles by appending ‘-p ProfileName’ to the shortcut Target: path in the shortcut properties.

Synced profiles can be logged out of by choosing Options, Sync, and the Disconnect button on your Firefox Account. You may need to clear synced data from the profile after disconnecting your account.

More information on setting up Firefox Profiles is at MakeUseOF and HowToGeek.

You can go to about:profiles and create a new profile. Then Launch profile in new browser.

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Firefox stores your browser data – bookmarks, history, preferences, extensions, and everything else – in a directory known as a profile. Each user account has a single profile by default, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to just one — you can create multiple profiles and even run multiple Firefox instances with different profiles as the same time. Set up separate profiles for anything you like.

Firefox stores your browser data – bookmarks, history, preferences, extensions, and everything else – in a directory known as a profile. Each user account has a single profile by default, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to just one — you can create multiple profiles and even run multiple Firefox instances with different profiles as the same time.

Set up separate profiles for work use, personal use, extension testing, secure browsing – anything you like. With separate profiles, you can also log into a website with different user accounts at the same time – say, to have two Gmail inboxes open at the same time.

Google Chrome makes this easy with its support for multiple user accounts, but Firefox has the same feature – it’s just hidden. The tricks here also work with other Mozilla applications, such as Mozilla Thunderbird.

Launching The Profile Manager

Firefox’s Profile Manager can’t be accessed from within Firefox’s interface. To launch it, you’ll need to start Firefox with the -p option (make sure you use a short dash instead of a long one). If you’re already running Firefox, shut it down by clicking the Firefox menu and selecting the Exit option.

Once you have, click the Start button and copy and paste one of the following lines into the search box in the Start menu.

For 32-bit Windows:

You’ll see the Profile Manager, which allows you to create new profiles, manage your existing profiles, and launch Firefox with the selected profile. To see the Profile Manager each time you start Firefox, uncheck the “Don’t ask at startup” checkbox.

Using The Profile Manager

To create additional profiles, click the Create Profile button and go through the wizard. The only important option is the profile name – you can use the default folder location unless you want to store your profile folder elsewhere. Using the Choose Folder option, you could share a single profile folder between different operating systems in a dual-boot configuration.

If you don’t want a profile anymore, you can delete it using the Delete Profile button. This wipes all browsing data associated with a specific profile, including its bookmarks, saved passwords and other settings. You won’t be able to recover the deleted data, so be careful.

Select a profile and click Start Firefox to launch the profile. Each new profile will be a clean slate with Firefox’s default settings. Their settings are completely separate – for example, if you use Firefox Sync, you’ll have to create separate accounts for each Firefox profile and configure them separately.

Using Multiple Firefox Profiles At Once

If you try to launch the Profile Manager while Firefox is already running, Firefox will just open a new browser window using the current profile. You’ll need to use the -no-remote option to launch multiple instances of Firefox with different profiles at the same time. To do so, use the same commands as above, but add the -no-remote option.

Select another profile to launch it – don’t worry, Firefox won’t let you use a profile that’s already in use.

Creating Shortcuts

You can also launch a specific profile with the -p option – just add the profile’s name. For example, use the following line to launch the default profile on a 64-bit version of Windows:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -p default

If the profile’s name has a space in it, enclose the name of the profile in quotes.

Once you know this, it’s easy to create special shortcuts that launch the Profile Manager or a specific profile – with or without the -no-remote switch to let you run multiple profiles. Just create a copy of an existing Mozilla Firefox shortcut, right-click it, and select Properties. In the Properties dialog, rename the shortcut and add the options to the Target field.

Create as many shortcuts as you want and use them to easily launch Firefox with your desired options.

ProfileSwitcher Extension [No Longer Available]

To easily switch between Firefox profiles from Firefox’s menu, install the ProfileSwitcher extension. Remember, you’ll have to install the extension separately in each profile you want to use it from.

For more great Firefox add-ons, check out our list of the best Firefox add-ons.

Do you use multiple Firefox profiles? If so, what do you use them for? Let us know in the comments.

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Manage multiple profiles within the Mozilla browser It has been one of the most recent skills that the program has acquired, in order to grant new comforts to the user who needs it.

The company that has been in charge of developing this browser decided to allow this style of configurations, due to the requests it received from the community.

At present, they can be use different accounts within a navigation software to manage certain types of activities.

A clear example of this is creating a work profile, with which you manage your professional or bank accounts, while through another personal profile you work with the sessions of social media and other entertainment platforms. Learning to work in this way is quite simple, so through this article we will teach you how to achieve it.

Firefox main access to manage multiple profiles

Browsers such as Mozilla store personal information within file folders known as “profile”, located on the computer’s disk.

Every time the creating a new user profile, a new folder will be created within this space to store the data, which in turn will be executed in a totally independent way from the others.

Unfortunately, the default settings The program only allows you to work with one account at a time, so the administrator is the one who helps decide which one to use.

Create a new Firefox user

To manage multiple profiles, you must mainly have more than one. Within the browser administrator you can find the option “Create a new profile”.

This procedure it doesn’t have any kind of complication, since the information requested ranges from personal data to the configuration that you want to manage within the account. Once you have completed the registration of the new user, it will be automatically added to the “Profile Manager”.

Work with the profile manager

This useful tool can be accessed through the dialog box “Run”, simply writing “firefox.exe -p”, Which will launch a Mozilla window that takes you directly to the administrator.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to enter the section from the explorer, you will only need to write “about: profiles“Inside the navigation bar, and then press” Enter. ” A series of options will appear on the screen that will allow you to manage multiple profiles.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Among these is the button “Create a new profile”, whose function we have already discussed; modification options such as “Rename” or “Delete profile”.

Besides, there are also two very useful buttons for your purpose, as it offers the possibility of “Run profile in another browser”. This function will open a new Mozilla window, which will be working based on the selected profile.

The other button takes care of “Set as default profile”, so that the logged in session is changed and the data of this account is worked with.

Containers: A plugin that will help you manage multiple profiles

Since the demand for the use of different accounts simultaneously increases daily, the company in charge of Mozilla undertook to develop a plugin or extension that will facilitate this access to your users.

Known by the name of “Containers”, it is a complement that takes care of open new tabs with user accounts within each one.

That is, in the browser window you can enable a tab for using a specific profile. In this way, in your personal account you can enter Twitter, in the professional account to your bank accounts and so on.

Currently it is very beneficial to have tools that facilitate operation within the Internet platform, even granting an order within the context. Therefore, we can thank Mozilla Firefox for finally enabling this option within your system.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

The management of different profiles in the Mozilla browser has been one of the most recent skills acquired by the program, in order to give new comfort to the user who needs it.

The company that was in charge of developing this browser decided to allow this style of configuration, due to requests they received from the community.

Currently, different accounts Peuvent être used in navigation software to manage certain types of activities.

A clear example of this is the creation of a business profile, with which you manage your business or bank accounts, while, through another personal profile, you work with of sessions of social media and other entertainment platforms. Learning how to work in this way is quite simple, so through this article we will teach you how to achieve it.

Main Firefox access to manage multiple profiles

The browsers such as Mozilla keep personal information in file folders called “profile”, located on the computer disk.

Whenever the creation of a new user profile is activated , a new folder will be created in this space to store the data, which in turn will be executed completely independent of the others.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Unfortunately, default settings of the program only allow you to work with one account at a time, so it is the administrator who helps decide which one to use.

Create a new Firefox user

To manage multiple profiles, you mainly need to have more than one. In the browser administrator you can find the option » Create a new profile «.

This procedure does not present any type of complication , since the information requested ranges from personal data to the configuration you want to manage within the account. Once you have completed registering the new user, they will automatically be added to the “Profile Manager”.

Work with the profile manager

This useful tool can be accessed through the box de Dialogue “Execute”, in simply typing ” firefox.exe -p “, Which will launch a Mozilla window which will take you directly to the administrator.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to enter the section from the explorer, you just have to type ” about: profiles ”In the navigation bar, then press“ Enter ”. A series of options will appear on the screen that will allow you to manage different profiles .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Among these there is the button “Create a new profile” , of which we have already spoken of the function; editing options such as “Rename” or “Delete Profile”.

In addition, there are also two buttons that are very useful for your goal, as it provides the option to “Run profile in another browser”. This function will open a new Mozilla window, which will work according to the selected profile.

The other button is in charge of “Set as default profile” , so that the connected session is modified and the data of this account is processed.

Containers: a plugin that will help you manage multiple profiles

As the demand for the use of different accounts increases simultaneously every day, the company in charge of Mozilla is committed to developing a plugin or extension which will facilitate this access to its users .

Known as ” containers », It is a complement which takes care of open new tabs with user accounts within each .

In other words, in the browser window, you can activate a tab to use a specific profile. In this way, in your personal account, you can enter Twitter, in the professional account on your bank accounts and so on.

Currently, it is very advantageous to have tools that facilitate operation within the Internet platform, or even the granting of an order in the context. Therefore, we can thank Mozilla Firefox from have finally enabled this option in their system.

The “Firefox Profile” is a feature that makes this already versatile browser even more powerful. This is an almost exclusive feature by Firefox, as no other browser, except Opera has presently this feature, and even in Opera its a cumbersome process and not as straightforward and easy to manage as in Firefox.

What is a Firefox Profile?

Any changes you make while using Firefox are stored in files so that they can be used the next time you run Firefox. These changes can be obvious, like your home page, or changes you’ve made to the toolbar, but also include things like your history, what sites you’ve visited, and text you’ve entered into forms like search fields. They’re all stored in the same location, called a profile folder.

These files are kept separately from the program files that Firefox uses to run, which don’t change. This means that you can uninstall Firefox without losing your settings, and that if something goes wrong with an update your information will still be there. It also means you don’t have to reinstall Firefox in order to clear your information, or troubleshoot a problem.

Why use Firefox Profiles?

As we understood above Firefox profiles store your customizations and if something goes wrong you can restore everything and won’t need to setup all those extensions and setting again. Other important reason is you can increase the efficiency and speed of Firefox by using different profiles.

For example, I have various profiles for different purposes. My main profile is set up for surfing and reading a lot of material and take notes – various add-ons which would help me do this are installed with this profile. Other profile is for Web Development – editing and creating web pages and such and a third profile, where I have all Social Media extensions for easy sharing to any Social website I need.

Now If I had all these add-ons in a single profile, most of them would stay unused and Firefox memory usage would be off the charts. Thus making different profiles I not only reduce memory usage but also improve speed. You can use only one profile at one time, but there is a way to use multiple Firefox profiles at same time. I would write about how to do it soon.

Creating a Firefox Profile:

Some guys say using Firefox Profiles is only for Power users. I beg to differ. I think this is a simple process and can easily set up if you follow the instructions carefully, and has multiple advantages. Lets see how to create a Firefox Profile. The process is same for both Windows XP and Vista.

Step 1: Close your Firefox Browser.

Step 2: Press the Windows Key + R to evoke the Run dialog box or Click on Start and click Run. Once it pops up type Firefox –ProfileManager. In Vista you can just type this in the Search box.

The Firefox Profile Manager would pop up if you type the command in correctly:

You may want to uncheck the option “Don’t ask at Startup”. Once disabled, Firefox would always ask you which profile you want to use when it starts up,which makes it easier for you to use a specific profile.

(* During the creation of this tutorial I was using the latest Firefox beta version – Shiretoko. This process for all versions of Firefox still remains the same.)

As you can see I have already created 3 profiles as per my requirements. If you start this for the first time you would see just one profile names “default”. The three buttons on the left can be used to create a new profile or rename and delete present profiles.

Step 3: Click on the Create Profile Button… Click on Next when you see the following screen:

And provide a name to the profile:

This is a New profile where I would test new Firefox add-ons as I don’t want to disturb my previously set profiles. The choose folder option gives you the ability to save the profile in a specific location like, My Documents, from where you can easily restore a profile.

Once the profile is created we see the new Profile added in the Firefox Profile manager:

Select the Profile you want and customize it to your hearts content.You can either delete or rename Profiles from this screen.

Each profile is equipped my favorite add-ons which makes my Firefox work faster and with a specific purpose, may it be Web-Development or Social Media Interaction. Since I have not selected the “Don’t ask at Startup” option, Firefox asks me every time, which profile I would like to activate. In present week I would also write about backing up your Profile, Transferring them to other computers and Using Multiple profiles at the same time.

That’s about it for now, Enjoy the Power of Firefox Profile.

Once you have created different profiles you can use them simultaneously by using a small tag called “-no-remote” in Firefox shortcuts. How this works is explained in the next post : How to use multiple Firefox profiles at the same time.

Manage multiple profiles in the Mozilla has been one of the most recent skills you have acquired the Program for comfort more than give the user who needs it.

The company was responsible for developing this explorer has decided to allow this style configurations, due to requests from the community.

They can currently use different accounts in a browser to manage certain types of activities.

A clear example of this is to create a job profile, with which you manage your business accounts or the bank, while another personal profile working with sessions social networks: and other entertainment platforms. Learning to work in this way is quite simple, so that by the sight of the item you how.

Firefox the main access to manage multiple profiles

Whenever you enable creating a new user profile , a new folder will be created in this space to store data, which in turn will take place in a way totally independent to others.

Unfortunately, predetermine parameters program allows you to work with an account at a time, the administrator who helps decide which to use.

Create a new user of Firefox

In order to manage multiple profiles, you must rely primarily on more than one. Director within the browser can find the « Create a new profile «.

This procedure has no complication , the requested information from personal data to the setting you want to manage the account. Once you have completed the new user registration, it will be automatically added to the «Profile Manager».

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Working with Profile Manager

In this handy tool, you can access through the dialog box «Run», by simply typing « firefox.exe -p ‘, which will start a window Mozilla, which leads directly to the administrator.

If on the other hand, prefer to enter the section from the browser, just type « on: Profiles » in the navigation bar, then press «Enter.» The screen displays a series of options that allow you to manage multiple profiles .

Among these is the «Create a new profile» , whose role and talked; editing options such as «Rename» or «Delete profile».

In addition, there are two useful buttons to your goal, providing the ability to «run profile on another browser. «This function opens a new Mozilla window, which work on the basis of the selected profile.

The other button is responsible for «Set as default» , so that the session is initiated change and working with data from that account.

Containers: A supplement that will help you manage multiple profiles

Since the demand for the use of multiple accounts increases with every day, the head of Mozilla Corporation to develop a plug-in or extension that will facilitate this access to users .

Known as « containers «is a supplement that is responsible for new tabs open with user accounts in each .

It is in the browser window can enable a tab designed to use a specific profile. So in your personal account, you can enter Twitter, on your bank accounts Business Page and so on.

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At present, it is very helpful to have tools that will facilitate the operation within the Internet platform, even giving an order in the context. Therefore, we can thank Firefox to finally allow cookies in your system.

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Managing various profiles within the Mozilla browser has been one of the most recent skills that the program has acquired, in order to give new comforts to the user who needs it.

The company that was responsible for developing this browser decided to allow this style of configurations, due to the requests it received from the community.

At present, different accounts can be used within a navigation software to manage certain types of activities.

A clear example of this is creating a work profile, with which you manage your professional or bank accounts, while through another personal profile you work with social media sessions and other entertainment platforms. Learning to work in this way is quite simple, so through this article we will teach you how to achieve it.

Firefox main access to manage multiple profiles

The browsers such as Mozilla keep personal information within a file folders that are known as “profile”, located within the disk of the computer.

Each time the creation of a new user profile is enabled , a new folder will be created within this space to store the data, which in turn will be executed in a totally independent way from the others.

Unfortunately, the program’s default settings only allow you to work with one account at a time, so the administrator is the one who helps decide which one to use.

Create a new Firefox user

To manage multiple profiles, you must mainly have more than one. Within the browser administrator you can find the option to ” Create a new profile .”

This procedure does not have any type of complication , since the information requested ranges from personal data to the configuration that you want to manage within the account. Once you have completed the registration of the new user, this will be added automatically to the “Profile Manager”.

Work with the profile manager

This useful tool can be accessed through the “Run” dialog box, by simply typing ” firefox.exe -p “, which will launch a Mozilla window that takes you directly to the administrator.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to enter the section from the explorer, you will only need to type ” about: profiles ” in the navigation bar, and then press “Enter”. A series of options will be displayed on the screen that will allow you to manage various profiles .

Among these is the “Create a new profile” button , whose function we have already discussed; modification options such as “Rename” or “Delete profile”.

Besides, there are also two very useful buttons for your purpose, as it offers the possibility of “Run profile in another browser”. This function will open a new Mozilla window, which will be working based on the selected profile.

The other button is responsible for “Set as default profile” , so that the session started is changed and the data of this account is worked with.

Containers: A plugin that will help you manage multiple profiles

Since the demand for the use of different accounts simultaneously increases daily, the company in charge of Mozilla took care of developing a plugin or extension that will facilitate this access to its users .

Known by the name of ” Containers “, it is a complement that is responsible for opening new tabs with user accounts within each one .

That is, in the browser window you can enable a tab for using a specific profile. In this way, in your personal account you can enter Twitter, in the professional account to your bank accounts and so on.

Currently it is very beneficial to have tools that make it easier for you to operate within the Internet platform, even granting an order within the context. Therefore, we can thank Mozilla Firefox for finally enabling this option within their system.

firefox profile sync

I have multiple devices, each of which has Firefox with multiple profiles. Each profile is role independent, and therefore has very different layouts and links, but I move between roles on each of the devices. As such, I would like to sync each profile independently.

So far, all I can find is how to create multiple profiles, or how to sync each profile to the same sync account.

  • Do I need to have separate emails for each sync account?
  • Is it possible to have multiple sync profiles that can be synced independently to each Firefox profile?

Firefox associates one profile with one Mozilla user account. You can use the same collection of profiles on different devices, say “Personal” and “Work”, and sync each profile on all devices with the same associated user account, so all devices would sync the “Work” profile with the “Work” account, and all would sync the “Personal” profile with the “Personal” account.

Note that for a given profile/account, the devices do not need to sync the same choice of details. For example, you could set “Work” on one device to sync only bookmarks with the other “Work” profiles, while other devices sync bookmarks, extensions, history, etc. There is a selection of kinds of details available to sync. The account syncs the collection of details, but only devices set to sync a specific kind of detail will feed, or update from, that detail for the account.

The user account is tied to an email address, which serves two purposes. It is a unique key that the profile on each device is associated with. The profiles on two devices don’t need to have the same names, they just need to be associated with the same user account via the email address. So “Lio-personal” could be the profile name on one device, and “Me” could be the profile name on another device, and they will be synced with each other if both are linked to the same email address.

Mozilla also uses the email address for security. If you install Firefox on a new device and then set up syncing with an existing account, you will get a message at the associated email address advising you that “someone tried to sync with your account; ignore this message if it was you.”

I don’t know how far Mozilla goes to ensure that email address are valid and remain valid for security purposes. I suspect you could not create a user account with a fictitious email address that only provides a unique key, and I don’t know whether sync would continue to work for long if the email address becomes invalid. That’s a tangent you can investigate if it might apply.

So each user account needs a different email address. However, some email services let you create aliases for the same account. You could use such aliases for the purpose of having separate Mozilla accounts for the different profiles.

Firefox is one of the best web browsers readily available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux etc. Besides PC, this is available for numerous mobile platforms such as Android as well. If you are a Google Chrome user, have been using Chrome with multiple user accounts for distinct requirements, and from now on you want to switch to Mozilla Firefox, here is a trick that may help you to create a number of Firefox profiles within moments.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Google Chrome contains a handy feature whereby users can certainly create more than one profile whenever they need to have. For instance, your kid typically uses your personal computer and you would not like to let him/her touch any discreet parts of your web browser. Conversely, presume that, you do not want to allow him/her uses all the things what a standard browser offers. Or, you might have saved some passwords of different social networking sites, email accounts, banking etc. in your browser and those passwords should not be unveiled or swapped out. At such moment, this is certainly beneficial to work with a diverse user profile so that you can organize your browser and browsing history in a different way.

You can definitely create account and synchronize your Firefox browsing history and data throughout multiple devices. Nonetheless, unless you want to do that specific thing and instead, you wish to create offline account for managing Firefox on your PC, here you go. By making use of this trick, you can use Firefox as you have used on Google Chrome. You could separate all the browsing history, saved passwords and do more.

How to create multiple Firefox profiles?

This is however very easy and not much time consuming too. On the other hand, you do not have to install any third party browser add-on to create a new profile.

Step 1: Open Run prompt by pressing Win + R together.

Step 2: Type firefox –p and hit enter.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 3: It will directly open the user profile management window on your screen.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 4: Just click on Create Profile window, go to next and enter a profile name that you would like to have.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 5: By default, this procedure automatically chooses a folder for storing all the data of that new profile. However, if you want to change that, just select Choose Folder button and select a folder.

Step 6: At last, hit the Finish button.

Step 7: After that, you can find all the profiles on your profile management window. You can select the default profile by ticking on Use the selected profile without asking at startup.

On the other hand, if you do not select any profile as default, you will get the same profile management window all the times whenever you will try to open Firefox browser.

If you already have a Firefox shortcut on your desktop and you would like to open it with a particular profile, just right click on that icon and go to Properties.

After that add –p “Your Profile Name” at the end of Target.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Now, save your settings. Later on, whenever you will double click on that particular icon, it will open Firefox with the specific user profile.

Your Turn

Do you use Firefox as a primary web browser? If YES, this trick may help you a lot since it will exclude all the clutters instantly.

To save time and manipulate the users of Firefox has created Profile mode (user), that is, you can create many different Firefox operating separately. Today, the Software Tips will guide you How to create and manage multiple Profile users in Firefox.

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Firefox, like other browsers, has many options for different user settings. If you make money MMO, using multiple Gmail, Facebook, . different accounts on the same browser is natural. To save time and manipulate the users of Firefox has created Profile mode (user), that is, you can create many different Firefox operating separately. Today, the Software Tips will guide you How to create and manage multiple Profile users in Firefox.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

1. How to create a Profile user in Firefox

Step 1: You shall open the window Run by entering the Run the search bar or press the Windows + R .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 2: Then, you proceed to enter ” firefox –ProfileManager ” and click OK .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 3: Then, the Profile Firefox window appears. You select Create profile .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 4: Then there will be an introduction to the FireFox User Profile . You proceed to select Next to continue.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 5: Next, you proceed to enter a name for the new Profile and click Finish .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 6: Here, you should note that the line is unchecked: Use the selected configuration without asking when booting .

Then you select Start FireFox .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

So you have created more FireFox user accounts. Each time you click on FireFox there will be a Choose user profile window . You select the profile you want to use and click Start Firefox .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

2. Create more Icons for Profiles

Step 1: Right-click on Firefox and select Properties .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Step 2: In the Properties window , select the Shortcut tab and proceed as follows:

You add: -pProfile name ” after the . firefox.exe part and click OK .

For example: The profile name of the Software tip is Thuthuatphanmem then we do the following:

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

So you have created a separate Firefox Icon for the profile. For the other records, you do the same.

3. Case management

To track Firefox Profile, you have two ways:

Method 1: Use the Run window

You launch the Run window and enter % APPDATA% MozillaFirefoxProfiles and click OK .

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Method 2: You open under File Expoler

You proceed to open each folder in the following order: C: UsersUserNameAppDataRoamingMozillaFirefoxProfiles (UserName: Username).

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

Thus, Software Tips guide you how to create more Profile (Profile) on Firefox fastest and easiest. In addition, you can manage your records to back up to many different computers. Good luck.

You may think you know your browser pretty well at this stage, but there’s one very powerful feature that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and that you might have overlooked: User profiles. If you’re on Chrome, Edge or Firefox, they can make a real difference to how you get your web browsing done.

They are exactly what they sound like they are—separate browser profiles for separate users, like how you might have separate user accounts for logging into Windows or macOS. They work at the browser level though, so you don’t need to keep logging in and out of the user accounts set up on your operating system.

Profiles separate all the important stuff you collect as you browse the web—your browsing history, your bookmarks, your saved passwords, your installed extensions, and more. If you share a computer with more than one person, it’s an effective way of keeping your browsing experiences completely separate (though switching profiles is very easy, so don’t rely on this as a secure way of keeping your browsing life private).

Perhaps an even better way of using profiles is to separate out your work life and your personal life—you don’t have to have your evening browsing interrupted by search suggestions, browser extensions and bookmarks that you only ever need access to at the office. Here’s how profiles work, and how to set them up.

Profiles in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge

In Chrome, click the avatar button in the top right corner of the interface, then choose Add (you’ll notice there’s a Guest option there as well, if you just want to give someone else temporary access to your computer and your browser).

We use our computer for a number of purposes nowadays and in most cases, we require multiple web browsers for the same. However, If you are using Google Chrome, you can easily create multiple instances of your Chrome browser, so that it can be used for its own set of purposes so that you don’t mess things up. If you don’t know how to do that, you can learn more here. But if you do not use Google Chrome, as it requires a lot of memory or for different other reasons, you might be using Firefox, which is the second most preferred Browser after Google Chrome if you are not a user of Microsoft edge.

Mozilla Firefox is an open-source browser and it also offers you the option to add or use multiple browsers instances on the same computer, exactly or almost the same way Google Chrome does. But the things and not that straightforward, as it is, for Google Chrome. It is kind of hidden and thus, you need to know the appropriate steps so that you can enable multiple instances browsing on Mozilla Firefox. Depending upon your work, you can create two, three or even more instances depend upon requirements.

So, without any further delay, let’s get started with how you can easily create multiple browser instances with Mozilla Firefox.

Create and access multiple Firefox profiles at the same time

Creating a new Firefox User profile

  1. Hit the shortcut key combination ‘ Win + R ’, to open ‘Run’, and type in ‘ firefox -p ’, And hit the enter key.

How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

  • If you are using Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution, you can run the command ‘firefox -p’ on a Terminal window.
  • This will open the Firefox profile window. Here you can find two profiles already created, namely, ‘default’, and ‘default-release’. If you have already signed in with your Firefox account for sync, that profile is mapped to ‘default-release’.
  • However, the ‘default’ profile is that profile on Firefox, which is the one that you get on installing Mozilla Firefox on your computer for the very first time.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    To create a new profile, simply tap on ‘Create Profile…’.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

  • Now the profile creation wizard will open. Simply tap on ‘Next’.How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox
  • Now enter a name for the new profile, and click on ‘Finish’. I am keeping it ‘Pik’, and you can choose any name depending upon your liking, or as per your requirements.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    Now the new profile will be visible to you in the Firefox profiles menu.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

  • You can repeat the same steps to create multiple Firefox instances with multiple profiles seamlessly.
  • Opening Firefox with a selected profile

    1. Now simply select the profile that you want Firefox to open, and click on ‘ Start Firefox ’ in the Firefox profiles window.
    2. If you don’t want to set the newly created profile as the default profile, make sure that you unmark ‘Use the selected profile without asking at startup’.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

  • Now you can again open the Firefox profiles window the same way, and launch Firefox with another account.
  • Here are two Firefox instances, running with two different profiles.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    Creating shortcuts to Firefox profiles

    As you might know, you can easily create shortcuts to all your Google Chrome browser profiles on your desktop. You can do the same with Mozilla Firefox but there is little manual effort that you have to do.

    Simply, create copies of your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your desktop depending upon the number of profiles that have created on Firefox for which you want a shortcut on your desktop.

    For me, there are two profiles. Is there an existing shortcut, I will just have to create a copy of it on the desktop.

    Now, right-click on the newly created shortcut, and open the ‘Properties’ .

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    You will be automatically be landed on the ‘Shortcut’ tab. Now, simply add the following, at the end of the textbox, corresponding to ‘Target: ’, and click on ‘Apply’ or ‘OK’ .

    -p PROFILE_NAME

    As I have created an account with the name ‘Pik’ , simply replace ‘PROFILE_NAME’ with ‘Pik’ , as shown below.

    -p Pik

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    On a Linux computer, however, you have to do the same thing from the Terminal window. Simply open Firefox with the additional arguments, as shown.

    firefox -p PROFILE_NAME

    So, for me, the command will be as follows:

    firefox -p Pik

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    You can even create a batch file with the command, so that you can open them directly from your file browser, or from the Terminal, in an even more convenient way.

    For your understanding, you can later rename the shortcuts to Work, Test, or anything else, just the same way, you rename files and folders on a Windows computer.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    In the same way, you can create and access multiple Mozilla Firefox accounts on your Windows computer, and use them all at the same time. This is really handy if you want to switch from Chrome to Firefox or want to unleash all the abilities of Mozilla Firefox on your PC.

    So, that was all about how you can create and access multiple Firefox profiles on your Windows computer. Do you have any questions? Feel free to comment on the same below.

    Firefox saves your personal information such as bookmarks, addons, passwords, and user preferences in a set of files called your profile, which is stored in a separate location from the Firefox program files. You can have multiple Firefox profiles, each containing a separate set of user information. The Profile Manager allows you to create, remove, rename, and switch profiles.

    It is possible to take advantage of the Firefox Profiles feature in order to run multiple independent instances of the browser, each connecting to a different proxy. The Profile Manager is not visible in the Firefox User Interface, running it will require typing commands into a terminal or using the Run Dialog for Windows.

    Starting the Profile Manager

    On Windows:, Press Windows Key + R, type firefox.exe -p into the Run dialog that appears, and press Enter

    On Mac: Open a Terminal window — press Command+Space, type Terminal, and press Enter to do it from Spotlight. Type /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -profilemanager into the Terminal and press Enter

    On Linux: Open a terminal and run the firefox -P command

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    Creating a new profile

    After starting the Profile Manager, do the following to create a new profile:

    1. Click Create Profile, this will start the Create Profile Wizard

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    2. Give the profile any name you want Repeat the steps above for every profile that you need to create.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    3. Uncheck the box that says Use the selected profile without asking at startup to prevent Firefox from using the selected profile automatically.

    Install the FoxyProxy addon in each profile

    Once you have set up the profiles you need, you’re almost good to go. Now you need to run the individual profiles and install the [FoxyProxy Addon] in each of them. [This guide] will show you how to install FoxyProxy Firefox plugin.

    When Firefox is running and you try to open another Firefox process, a new window is opened instead, in the already running process. You can use the -no-remote command line option to start a new Firefox process that is invisible to the first process.

    The -no-remote command can be used from the terminal or you could modify an existing Firefox shortcut. The links below are articles that cover how to do the above in greater details:

    After downloading and installing the FoxyProxy addon to each browser instance, configure each profile to use it’s own proxy.

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox
    The image below shows three different Firefox profiles each connecting to a different proxy:

    Table of Contents

    Can I have multiple profiles in Firefox?

    You can have multiple Firefox profiles, each containing a separate set of user information. The Profile Manager allows you to create, remove, rename, and switch profiles. If you have (or plan to have) multiple installations of Firefox on one computer, see Dedicated profiles per Firefox installation.

    Why do I have multiple Firefox profiles?

    There is a datalimit on our user profiles. The problem is that Firefox uses all the space from the user profile. This causes a storage space error every two days. To solve it, I open Firefox profile manager, multiple profiles are visible.

    How do I have two accounts on Firefox?

    How To Create and Manage Multiple Profiles in Firefox

    1. Type firefox.exe -p to open Mozilla Firefox Profile Manager.
    2. It will show you all the profiles for Firefox.
    3. Type the name of the new profile and click Finish.
    4. By default, Firefox will ask you which profile you want to use each time you launch Firefox.

    How does Firefox know which profile?

    Start > Run Type “firefox -P” (without quotations) and hit enter. That brings up the prompt to choose what profile to use this session. NOTE, for me this only works if all windows of firefox is completely shut down before I start it with firefox -P.

    How do I use a different Firefox profile?

    Inside Firefox, type or paste about:profiles in the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it. Click the “Create a New Profile” button, then click Next. Assign a name like Work, ignore the option to relocate the profile folder, and click the Finish button.

    How do I switch between Firefox profiles?

    To switch back to another profile, head to about:profiles once again, click “Set as default profile” for the profile you want to use, and then close and relaunch Firefox. If you don’t need a profile anymore, you can click the “Remove” button here to remove it from your system.

    Why should you switch to Firefox?

    Firefox does its best to ensure that you have the best user experience. Firefox has built-in tracker blocking features to block trackers and scripts such as social media trackers, cross-site tracking cookies, fingerprinting, and crypto miners. The browser also allows you to add tweaks to maximize your online privacy.

    How do I use an old Firefox profile?

    To back up your profile, first close Firefox if it is open and then copy the profile folder to another location. Locate your profile folder, as explained above. Close Firefox (if open): Click the Firefox menu Fx57Menu and select Exit.

    What is Profile Manager?

    Profile Manager is Apple’s own MDM solution for managing Apple devices. In contrast, Hexnode MDM is a unified endpoint management solution that can manage not only Apple devices but also Android, Windows 10, and Fire OS devices. With Hexnode, you can associate the policies to users, devices, groups, and domains.

    How do I copy my Firefox profile?

    Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on a file you want to copy and choose Copy. Open the new Firefox profile folder. Right-clickHold down the control key while you click inside the profile folder and choose Paste .

    What happens when you have multiple profiles in Firefox?

    When you have multiple profiles, this option tells Firefox what to do at startup: If you check this option, Firefox will automatically load the selected profile at startup. If you uncheck this option, Firefox will show you the Profile Manager each time you start Firefox, so that you can select a profile to use.

    How does a new Firefox profile get created?

    When Firefox is opened for the first time after a fresh install, without any prior Firefox profile on disk visible to Firefox, it will create a new profile. Firefox uses “Default User” as the profile name, creates the profile’s directory with a random suffix and marks the new profile as default for subsequent starts of Firefox.

    Why is there no profile manager in Firefox?

    The Firefox Profile Manager (Choose User Profile) window should open. If the Profile Manager window still does not open, Firefox may have been running in the background, even though it was not visible. Close all instances of Firefox or restart the computer and then try again.

    How to close a profile in Firefox browser?

    Completely close Firefox: Click the Firefox menu and select Exit. Click the Firefox menu at the top of the screen and select Quit Firefox. Click the Firefox menu and select Quit. Use the Firefox Profile Manager to create a new profilein your desired location, then exit the Profile Manager.

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    Mozilla Firefox is a powerful, open-source Web browser providing a great deal of versatility for both personal and business users. Firefox profiles contain bookmarks, passwords, cookies, browsing history, themes and add-ons. You can use the Profile Manager to change between installed Firefox profiles, making it particularly useful in the workplace where a computer typically has multiple regular users. Additionally, you can create a new profile to make the browser run without any add-ons and other extras. This feature can be useful if you want to diagnose a problem with the browser.

    Close Firefox if it is currently running.

    Open the Windows Start menu and type “firefox -profilemanager” (without quotes) into the “Search programs and files” text box. Press “Enter” on your keyboard. The Firefox “Choose User Profile” window appears.

    Double-click on the profile you want to use in the list to the right. By default, only one profile is installed. You can create, delete and rename profiles using this utility. If you want Firefox to ask which profile to load every time it starts up, remove the check from the box beside “Don’t ask at startup.”

    Create a new profile by clicking “Create Profile” followed by “Next.” Enter a name for the profile and click “Finish.” The new profile will be selected by default.

    When Windows was my main OS, I was a big fan of Portable Firefox. With Portable Firefox, I could do multiple installations of Firefox on my system that could be customized to run concurrently with other installs of Firefox. This allowed me to have tailored installations with different sets of plugins and features.

    Why would I want to run more than one Firefox at a time? For me, the reason is that it eases development. Here are a few ways that I use multiple installs:

    • One install that was just the default install with no additional tweaks or add-ons and would have all cached data, authenticated sessions, and cookies cleared when closed. This was a great browser to use when I would test new code to make sure that it ran well on a stock Firefox. It also gave me a clean cookie and authentication slate so I could test sessions from scrath without clearing my main browser’s history, sessions, etc. If I wiped the slate clean on this browser, nothing was lost.
    • Since having a large variety of add-ons in Firefox has a tendency to slow things down, I had another browser that included all the major development tool add-ons. I would load this browser up when I needed to explore the DOM in detail, debug layout issues, debug Javascript, etc. This allowed me to streamline my main browser down to just the add-ons that I use frequently.
    • Since Portable Firefox isn’t installed and just resides in its own folder, I could load multiple versions of Firefox. This made it easy to test for compatibility problems between different versions.
    • I even played around with the idea of having a browser specifically for media. I would use it for music sources like Pandora and for video sources like Hulu or Red vs. Blue.

    Last week, I looked around for a solution like Portable Firefox for Ubuntu. I quickly found a solution that wasn’t nearly as difficult as doing multiple installs: multiple profiles.

    What are Profiles?

    By creating a new profile, you get another clean slate Firefox. Each profile has its own add-ons, bookmarks, history, cookies, etc. In addition, each profile even has its own layout. So, if you change the layout of toolbars in one profile, the change is limited to that profile.

    I know that Firefox has had profiles for a very long time, but until now, I really never messed around with them. I guess the biggest problem with profiles is that they aren’t easily accessed. In order to produce the profile manager, you need to use a command line option ( -P ). Furthermore, you can only run additional instances of Firefox if you load the additional firefox instances using the “-no-remote” command line option. Since most people don’t know about command line options or how to use them, I think profiles will remain obscure until they get an easy to use menu accessible from inside Firefox itself.

    However, with the information I provide here, you can easily get profiles running on your Ubuntu (or really any other) system.

    Creating New Profiles

    To create a new profile, we first need to load the profile manager. Open the Run Application dialog ( Alt+F2 ) and run the following:

    firefox -no-remote -P

    Note that the P is capitalized.

    A small dialog will appear with options to create a new profile, rename or delete existing profiles, and start Firefox with the selected profile. You also have the option to tell the profile manager whether or not it should ask what profile you want when Firefox is loaded. If you have this box checked, Firefox will automatically load the last profile you used. If it is not checked, you will always be asked which profile you want.

    Click the “Create Profile…” button, read the information about profiles, click Next, give the profile a name and click Finish.

    Now you have your new profile listed on the Profile Manager. Select it and click “Start Firefox”. When it loads, you’ll be greeted with Firefox as it looked when it was first installed.

    Customizing Launchers

    Since you’re probably like me and don’t want to have to type in the run command manually each time, we can easily customize the launchers to do exactly what we want. Everyone will want to customize their launchers in different ways, but what I have done with my system should give you enough information to do what you want.

    Creating New Launchers on a Panel

    I have a couple of icons on my top panel. One launches Firefox and the other launches Thunderbird. I wanted to add additional launchers to the panel in order to have one launcher for each profile.

    I simply right-clicked a blank spot on the panel and clicked “Add to Panel…”. I selected “Application Launcher…” in order to duplicate the existing Firefox launcher in the menu and clicked Forward. I found the Firefox launcher under Internet and clicked Add.

    I then right-clicked my new Firefox icon and clicked Properties. I wanted to customize this launcher to load my new Clean profile, so I modified the Command text to the following:

    firefox -no-remote -P “Clean”

    The other options can be customized to set this launcher apart from your other profile launchers. Change the Name and Comment fields to make it clear which profile the launcher refers to. You can even click the icon to select a custom one for that launcher.

    When you are done making customizations, click the Close button. Now click your launcher and check to see that everything has worked properly.

    Making a Profile Manager Launcher

    I wanted to have my main launcher at Applications > Internet > Firefox Web Browser load up the profile manager to make it easy to select a profile. This way I could use it rather than running a command manually in Run Application.

    I right-clicked Applications and selected “Edit Menus”. I then selected Internet followed by “Firefox Web Browser” and clicked Properties. I changed the name to “Firefox Profile Manager” and changed the command to:

    firefox -no-remote -P

    I clicked the Close button in the Properties dialog and then again on the Main Menu dialog.

    Updating Original Panel Launcher

    The last order of business to take care of is to update my original Firefox launcher on my top panel. If I don’t update the command used for that launcher, I will end up launching the last profile rather than the default profile when I use it.

    As with the first panel icon, right-click the icon and select Properties. Update the Command to the following:

    firefox -no-remote -P “default”

    Note that default is the default name of the first profile that Firefox has. If you’ve modified this orignal profile name to something different or have removed it, you’ll need to update the command with the appropriate profile name.

    Closing Thoughts

    I hope that I’ve given you enough information to find value in using the profiles feature of Firefox and to get started with using profiles on your system.

    If you’d like additional information on profiles or have any questions, please leave a comment below.

    I run Ubuntu 14.04 and want to use one installation of Firefox with two different profiles for the same logged in Ubuntu user.

    How can I set this up, so that I may easily launch both profiles from the Unity launcher?

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

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    Excerpt of the command-line options from man firefox :

    So you just need to start Firefox with one of those parameters by either using a terminal, the Alt + F2 HUD, from the launcher icon’s context menu after editing its configuration file, which I will describe below.

    Set up a new profile:

    Launch Firefox’s ProfileManager from the terminal or with Alt + F2 :

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    Rename your current profile default to profile1 (or whatever you like, you don’t even have to rename it, but I will do in this guide for clarification – you just have to replace profile1 with your exact name wherever it occurs!) by clicking on Rename Profile. .

    Create a new profile with the wizard by clicking on Create Profile. . It will show you an info window first, read it and click Next . The second window will ask you to enter a name for the profile, enter profile2 here (or replace it wherever it occurs in this guide with exactly what you entered instead). I would recommend you not to change the folder where the profile will be stored in, unless you have a good reason to do so. Click Finish .

    How to set up and use multiple profiles (user accounts) in firefox

    Exit the ProfileManager.

    Set up your launcher icon to access those profiles from the context menu:

    Copy the original launcher file (which is owned by root, used system-wide and will get replaced with the next update) to your home folder:

    Edit the copy e.g. with either Gedit (GUI) or Nano (terminal):

    Search for the line:

    and add new context menu action identifiers like this (example names, but only used within the file, you won’t see them anywhere else):

    Insert the code snippet below at the end of the file, you may vary the Name= value and add as many translations as you want (example for German [de] is given). The Exec=firefox -P . lines have to contain the exact (case-sensitive) name of the profiles you created in the profile manager! The -no-remote flag allows multiple firefox profiles to run at the same time. Also the last word in the lines [Desktop Action . ] has to exactly match the keys you added to the Actions= line above.

    Now if you want to specify a permanent default profile for when you left-click the launcher icon (otherwise the profile you last used through the ProfileManager with the respective checkbox ticked gets launched), you also have to edit the main Exec= line. It’s the topmost and should look like this:

    Edit it to look like the one below, maybe replacing profile1 with the correct default profile name you wish.

    You have to reboot (maybe logging out and back in is also enough?) before the system realizes that you want to override the system-wide firefox.desktop file and use your personal and customized one. Or you can use the command

    to re-initiate the launcher file. After that, enjoy your multiple profiles!