Multiple Firefox Profiles OSX

Relates to Firefox and Co and OSX

Firefox used to be a popular blogging topic for me, but since migrating to OSX I have rarely used it. However, recently working on design scamps I have found a need to call upon the Web Developer toolbar once again. So I am once again using Firefox regularly.

First thing I wanted to do after installing 1.5RC3 was setup multiple profiles since I was also keen to return to some experimental XForms development I had started on Windows. Also I like to have a profile for extension testing - especially as RC3 is a new release.

To set up multiple profiles it is necessary to burrow into the APP file. I decided to let a couple of aliases in my .bashrc save me the trouble of navigating through the finder.

# run the profile manager to create a new profile
alias foxpm='$HOME/Applications/Browsers/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -ProfileManager'

# start firefox using a specific profile eg. fox xforms
alias fox='$HOME/Applications/Browsers/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -p'

Note my HD is partitioned in a way such that I can keep all my applications distinct from OSX.

Then just a case of a few AppleScript shortcuts that I can call from Quicksilver rather than having to keep entering the terminal.

Posted on Nov 20, 2005 at 14:58:34.

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