Multi-Account Containers

  • This is one of the main things keeping me coming back to Firefox at the moment. Cookie / storage isolation options would go a long way towards courting the privacy crowd!

  • Just downloaded Vivaldi v2 and was surprised to see that multiple profiles or containers weren't supported. I'll probably end up sticking with Firefox for now.

    Here's the issue--I need to have multiple unique sessions open (e.g., separate logins to Amazon, Google, Azure, etc.), because I work in multiple client environments. I also want to keep work sessions separate from personal sessions, and often want to keep personal things separated (e.g., general browsing from social media for privacy/tracking purposes). There are three major approaches to this.

    Firefox uses containers. Containers separate cookies, history, etc. from each other, and each container can have multiple tabs open simultaneously. I can also have tabs from different containers open side-by-side. This is very flexible and convenient, with the drawback being that it can get a little cluttered and I have to make a conscious decision to open a container tab (unless I predefine domain rules, which isn't always possible, esp. if I'm trying to have different sessions on the same domain). Overall, I prefer this approach.

    Chrome/Chromium uses People (profiles). Each one has a dedicated window, and tabs open within that window share that context for cookies, history, etc. This goes a step further, since it's a separate user profile, and allows different browser settings and extensions per Person. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on your needs. It's convenient in that once you open a window in a given profile, you can open/close tabs as needed and everything just stays within that context. On the other hand, maintaining separate profiles is a pain, especially when it comes to settings and extensions, and you don't really get the flexible privacy benefits that you do with containers.

    Finally, and this is the only officially supported Vivaldi option with a UI, there's private browsing. This is the least flexible and convenient option. Extensions aren't on by default, session is still shared between tabs/windows (when they're open at the same time), and I can only work within a single context at a time. With any new private session, it's starting from scratch, so there's no possibility of preserving auth cookies, history, etc. Private browsing is useful, but it's not the best tool for this.

    Hoping that full support for at least the Firefox or Chromium methods is on the roadmap.

  • having used it in Firefox, it's a must have! One window, different cookie set for tabs

  • Hey just wanted to say that I have to keep a copy of Firefox installed even though I use Vivaldi as my main browser, so I really would love to see an implementation of this feature.

  • @Plaer1 @sirber @bsakowski @_emmyemi
    since the last snapshot you can use multiple profiles, see here
    the feature isn't finally polished but you can use it

  • @derday Yes, tried that, but the usability of it is exceptionally poor since it's not integrated into the UI, falling back to Chromium settings instead and relying on settings URL (or hacking with Automator) for access.

    I still find it surprising that with all of the other power user oriented features that this hasn't been a higher priority. And when Chromium/Chrome offers this natively, why not simply surface it in Vivaldi's UI? Note that profiles and "Multi-Account Containers" are not the same thing.

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    This feature request would be really nice to have but is quite tough to implement.

  • @bsakowski You get it to the dot. I see you have been tinkering with this for a while.

    I know Vivaldi depends on Chromium and as far as my understanding goes, Chromium core limitation are Vivaldis core limitations as well. With that said, given the control Brave Browser team achieved over ads, scripts, cookies, fingerprint blocking, etc that perhaps Multi-Account Containers or as close as possible to Multi-Account Container can be implemented for Vivaldi in the future.

  • @gaelle True. If successfully achieve it would place Vivaldi at a whole new level of its own. Personally, I would have no need for any other browser other than for technical stuff. I'm sure the same would apply for many more.

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    @gaelle said in Multi-Account Containers:

    This feature request would be really nice to have but is quite tough to implement.

    i seriously doubt that since there is at least one great extension for this. i've been using it for a good while now, and it works great.

  • Having this feature would make you my go-to browser, for work this feature is a must. So until you do, Firefox it is....

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    @Martin-Storch said in Multi-Account Containers:

    A web browser should keep the data in each tab separate from other tabs in general - like a sandbox. And only allow communication between tabs on request and with the users permission.

    Or is that the case already (in Vivaldi/Chrome)? How many information can a website sniff out form another website in a different tab in that same browser?

    agree, that said i've been using session box foe a while now and love it. what i'd love even more is for a builtin multi container tool like firefox's. now that said i'd like to see it with the rest of the extensions both on the address / search bar and on the extensions page along with the session manager instead of having session manager buried in the file menu.

    @metafaniel said in Multi-Account Containers:

    I use SessionBox, a Chrome (so, also Vivaldi) extension.

    I think it has similar functionality.

    it is.

  • I would love this feature, too.

    My current workaround is to keep two separate instances of Vivaldi with separate profiles, using the --user-data-dir= command-line option.

    This is not ideal, of course, because there is zero communication between the two instances except through Sync.

  • whats the difference to "private tabs" where each tab get its own cookies?

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    @schreck With this feature, specific pages would automatically get put in a separate context, instead of a private window where you manually have to open one each time.


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