Separate profile for different users that share a desktop.


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    Hello, Everybody,
    I really love Vivaldi and I would like to ask if there is a chance to create a separate profile for different users that share a desktop.

    Than you so much


  • Moderator

    @pozlu0 Install Vivaldi twice into different folders using the Standalone installation (Advanced Options on the Install dialogue), or have one standard install and one standalone.

    Launch with different shortcuts.



  • Why not have two different Windows user accounts, with Vivaldi installed standard for all users? This creates a separate profile in the username\appdata\local folder for each user account. As needed, place the same shortcuts for other software apps onto each desktop, and you should have much like what you have now, except that each user will have their own access and profile. If the accounts are otherwise set up identically, the only downside really is having to separately log in/out of the alternate account for each usage... and with a short (or no) password, that's almost trivial.



  • You can also use 1 Vivaldi installation and any number of profiles need.


    Windows 10 (x64) | Anniversary Update
    Vivaldi Stable · Snapshot

    Vivaldi Reset and Back up



  • @blackbird said in Separate profile for different users that share a desktop.:

    the only downside really is having to separately log in/out of the alternate account for each usage

    This might even be accelerated by using fast user switching (and not logging out). YMMV.



  • @zalex108 Hi there

    vivaldi://about/

    doesn't list a profile path as mentioned in the support article linked


  • Moderator

    @huntardy said in Separate profile for different users that share a desktop.:

    vivaldi://about/

    Look on the Help menu, About.

    0_1516617905699_About Vivaldi.png


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @blackbird thank you for answer ;
    Sorry, maybe I didn't explain well my needs.
    I would like to create two different "chrome-like" profile one for my business needs and the other one for personal stuff



  • @pesala Thanks, my first attempt using the url direct, took me to a page: List of Vivaldi URLs.


  • Moderator

    @huntardy You should open vivaldi://about in adress field, not as a context menu link.
    Is bug VB-36632



  • @pozlu0 said in Separate profile for different users that share a desktop.:

    ... Sorry, maybe I didn't explain well my needs.
    I would like to create two different "chrome-like" profile one for my business needs and the other one for personal stuff

    Even so, having separate user accounts with Vivaldi installed into all accounts would still apply. I use this computer for both personal and small-business needs. In my business-only user account, I keep my Vivaldi instance highly locked-down via settings and certain installed extensions unique only to that instance, along with having access to other business apps on the system that aren't accessible from other accounts... this enhances security for activities and data being created/accessed within that account. In my personal, limited-user account, I have an entirely different array of VIvaldi bookmarks, settings, and installed extensions that I use.

    I can quickly jump from one user account to the other via desktop 'switch-user' icons in each account. This approach does require a minimal amount of user discipline to keep one's activities bounded by the account they're actually in.



  • I don't know about Windows, but I am doing this on my Ubuntu 17.10
    Anyway I am posting this for anybody who wants to have secondary Vivaldi "applications" on linux.
    I have the standard Vivaldi desktop file as my personal Vivaldi and I have created a secondary Vivaldi desktop file that links to my work account and I have added the needed class on it in order to behave as a complete different application not grouped with Vivaldi.
    It feels and looks like a different application.

    vivaldi-work.desktop

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Vivaldi - Work
    Exec=/usr/bin/vivaldi-stable --user-data-dir=.config/vivaldi-work --class=vivaldi-work
    StartupWMClass=vivaldi-work
    Icon=vivaldi-work
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Version=1.0

    Important! Make sure you added a class on Exec and StartupWMClass.
    This is what makes it look and feel like a new application and not just a vivaldi window grouped with main Vivaldi.
    This is working on any GNOME based distro.
    I haven't tested it on other desktop environments.


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