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    Member mzee's Avatar
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    Question How can I run two Firefox browsers on the same OS?

    My main OS is Linux Mint. I have Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, & Pale Moon browsers.
    I have the Firefox set up with a VPM & Bookmarks for Australia. The rest have no VPM's. I like Firefox because the Tabs are visible in Full Screen mode, and it is not so nosy as Chrome.
    I would like to run a second copy of Firefox, replacing Google Chrome, but when I try to install it I am told that it is already installed.
    How can I install a second copy?

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    Default Re: How can I run two Firefox browsers on the same OS?

    Technically this is not a second FF But it will work exactly as it is simply open FF, open a second Tab, then drag the tab off the main window. It will create a second Version which is completely independent to the first.

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    Default Re: How can I run two Firefox browsers on the same OS?

    Yes, but that's just the same as a new window

    Still has exactly the same profile/bookmarks/add-on extensions/etc

    I think what mzee wants is 2 completely independent browsers each with their own profiles - bookmarks - settings - etc

    you can do that(it's bit of a long slightly complicated process ), but the easiest way is just to have one portable edition

    OK - you'll first need to download FF portable
    https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

    Install it somewhere, and then go to " FirefoxPortable\Other\Source " and copy the FirefoxPortable.ini file to the main " FirefoxPortable " folder

    You may or may not see the "ini" file extension depending on how your comp is set up, but just look for the FirefoxPortable file that is "configuration settings" under the type

    Once you have copied it to the main FirefoxPortable folder, right click on it and select edit

    find the line that has " AllowMultipleInstances=false " and change the false to true... " AllowMultipleInstances=true "

    save the edited file

    Now you should be good to go with 2 independant FF's

    (You may need to make a shortcut to the portable one where you want it)

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    Default Re: How can I run two Firefox browsers on the same OS?

    This might be what you want; sorry, I'm not a regular Firefox user...

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...refox-profiles

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    Default Re: How can I run two Firefox browsers on the same OS?

    Thanks. Just open the Profile Manager in the terminal 'firefox --profilemanager', make a new profile. The manager will open when the shortcut is selected and you can select the one you want to open.
    You can make a shortcut, but I havn't done that.

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