Can I run Vivaldi stable and snapshot at the same time?

  • Hi, I just joined the forum today. I was wondering can I run Vivaldi stable and snapshot at the same time? Also, should I have separate profiles for both?


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    @Tomatoshadow2 If you install one regular and the other standalone (or both standalone) you may run them side by side, at the same time. It is not advisable to share one profile between multiple installs. Standalone prevents sharing a profile.

  • @Tomatoshadow2 I have BOTH vivaldi stable and snapshot installed (and running).
    In reality, you need to install one as "standalone" (via advanced options) in the installer.
    However, I chose to install both versions as "standalone".

    The "standalone" option uses it's own profile folder.

  • Thanks very much! How do I set up two separate profiles one for stable and one for snapshot? Can I keep all my data between the two installs, when I make separate profiles?

  • @Tomatoshadow2 said in Can I run Vivaldi stable and snapshot at the same time?:

    Can I keep all my data between the two installs, when I make separate profiles?

    Sorry, I'm not understanding this question.

    If you install as "standalone" then the profile is unique to that Vivaldi (stable or standalone). Updates still use the same profile.

  • My bad I didn't know I had to do that via the installer, should I reinstall one as a standalone version?

  • Yeah, I want to install a standalone version on Mac, how do I get the to do that?

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    @Tomatoshadow2 Sorry - forgot you were on Mac.

    Please refer to:

  • Not a worry at all, thanks for the article! I tried the terminal command, but it says it doesn't exist, could someone help me to figure out how to get the command to work? Thanks!

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    @Tomatoshadow2 Not a mac user, but hopefully one will quickly come to your rescue.

  • All good, if I just stick to running snapshot, will I be ok with a single profile?

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    @Tomatoshadow2 It's not recommended.

  • @Ayespy I understand, and even if I keep both versions updated?

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    @Tomatoshadow2 It might be problematic to keep two versions open at once, using the same profile. One cannot assume the snapshot profile structure will remain the same as the Stable profile structure. In fact, I think these structures changed in this round of updates. You are welcome to take all the risks you wish. Just understand they are risks.

  • @Ayespy My bad, I meant to say if I only keep one version open at a time?

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    @Tomatoshadow2 Re: Standalone Mode, I checked the commands in the blog post and it looks like something got messed up since the article was posted; 3 separate commands got joined into one line. Here's another set of instructions (also linked to in the post, written by the same person) on how to get this working:

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    @Tomatoshadow2 Still: One profile for two versions is not guaranteed to be safe.

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    @Tomatoshadow2 As a rule, never share the same profile between Stable releases and Snapshot releases; there's a very good chance that the profile will end up corrupted. Snapshot releases are development releases. As new features are added, configuration options change... database structures change... lots of things can change. Stable releases won't be able to process the Snapshot's profile correctly. Standalone Installations maintain separate profiles.

    Another tip: On macOS, it's not really a true Standalone Install; it's just a special launcher that makes it easy to launch Vivaldi with a separate profile from the default. If you install the Stable version normally and run the Snapshot as a "Standalone Install", be careful not to launch the Snapshot without using the Standalone launcher or else you'll end up accidentally upgrading the default profile.

  • So I created standalone mode and move it and stable release Vivaldi into a new folder, I click on "standalone mode" but it doesn't do anything? Thanks for your help.

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    The way I have my system set up is that I have Vivaldi (stable) installed in /Applications.

    For snapshots, I usually run them in standalone mode:

    • I create a directory called Vivaldi-snapshot and copy Standalone into that directory.
    • I then download the latest Vivaldi snapshot (today it's Vivaldi.1.11.917.35.dmg) from the Vivaldi web site, open the .dmg file and copy to Vivaldi-snapshot, then eject the Vivaldi.1.11.917.35.dmg disk image.
    • From Finder, double-click on "Standalone" -- the Vivaldi snapshot should launch and a directory called "profile" will get created in the Vivaldi-snapshot directory.

    That's it. Since I often have many separate standalone installations, I create a Vivaldi directory in my home folder, then use that as the location where I store my "standalone mode" installations. You can have as many "standalone mode" installations as you want, each set up differently.

    If you would like to switch your default Vivaldi installation from a Snapshot release to a Stable release, right now (the point when a Snapshot turns into a Stable release) is typically the only time in a release cycle that you can do this and keep the same profile because they're basically the exact same code. The only difference is the colour of the logo and release channel that updates get pulled from.

    Speaking of updates... on macOS, Standalone installs should only be updated manually! If you get an update prompt ignore it; Download the new Vivaldi release, quit Vivaldi, delete the old, install the new, and relaunch.

    I hope this helps... If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


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