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Post Posted July 4th, 2017, 2:27 am

Hey guys,

Was just wondering in your guys' opinions if I should have more then one Firefox profile?

I have four channels of Firefox on my laptop (Nightly,DeveloperEdition,Beta,and Release).

I have used one profile for all of them and haven't had any problems as of yet. I always update my channels and haven't gone backwards in releases at all.

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Post Posted July 4th, 2017, 4:07 am

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Post Posted July 4th, 2017, 6:30 am

Some changes are definitely not backwards compatible and some things can break or change in nightly that would make it difficult to share profiles. If you're running different versions I would suggest multiple profiles. If you are only using a single version then you can usually get away with just one. I have been using the same one for over a decade -but- I only run nightly and nothing else.
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Post Posted July 4th, 2017, 6:45 am

Sounds good, like I said I haven't had any issues, sync works great across them all as well. Is there a knowledge Base article to creating multiple profiles and how to assign a profile to a certain version? Can I copy all my data from one profile and share it with the other profiles?

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Post Posted July 4th, 2017, 6:46 am

Also would you suggest keeping DeveloperEdition and Beta, even though their based off the same beta channel?

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Post Posted July 4th, 2017, 6:55 am

tomatoshadow2 wrote:Sounds good, like I said I haven't had any issues, sync works great across them all as well. Is there a knowledge Base article to creating multiple profiles and how to assign a profile to a certain version? Can I copy all my data from one profile and share it with the other profiles?


You can access the profile manager by running Firefox through a command prompt with the -profilemanager argument. You can also set up different shortcuts to run Firefox with different profiles using the -p "Profile Name" argument. The following article may help you here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles

You may not run into issues now but you could in the future. Not long ago a breaking change was made to the way favicons were stored that would have led to them being missing in a beta but present in nightly.

You can copy data from one profile to the next but if you're going to do so I would suggest only doing things like passwords, bookmarks, etc. Extensions can vary version to version so it may be problematic to share them.

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Post Posted July 16th, 2017, 4:17 am

So would this allow me to run, Beta,Release, and Nightly at the same time?

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Post Posted July 16th, 2017, 4:18 am

tomatoshadow2 wrote:So would this allow me to run, Beta,Release, and Nightly at the same time?


Provided you have separate install locations and set up shortcuts to run each of them under a different profile - yes, definitely!
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Post Posted July 16th, 2017, 4:26 am

Sounds good, then I can use my sync account between them to share data or would you advise against that?

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Post Posted July 16th, 2017, 4:40 am

Firefox Sync, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't allow you to sync data between profiles on the same PC. At least I never had any luck in getting that to work. In theory if you could get that or an external sync addon to work then yeah, it should work okay.
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Post Posted July 16th, 2017, 4:44 am

Yeah it's been working good for me, The developeredition suggests I use sync to share data between my profiles, but I thought I only had one profile, maybe I have more then one and I didn't realize it??

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