Multiples User Profiles



  • It would be nice if the ability to set up multiple profiles was added in settings (as it is in the Google browser) so that multiple users and/or the same user with different accounts could have their saved settings maintained and open their various profiles at the same time.



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    I'm not sure if Profiles are implemented yet but I'd rather ask.

    I need multiple Profiles for work. I think I could keep the work profiles on Chrome but I'd rather have everything on Vivaldi. Any chat about this from the devs?



  • Currently only one profile exists. A profiel manager is not implemented xet.

    But you can use different profiles by creating desktop shortcuts to vivaldi.exe and adding a path to the profile with commandline parameter f. ex.
    --user-data-dir="U:\MyProfiles\Profile1"



  • I am not a computer tech and I am leery of messing around with command lines and computer codes.

    Is there any plan to put a profile manager in settings, as the one is in Google Chrome, to simplify the process for those of us who are technologically challenged?



  • I would imagine that sync would have to be in place before multiple user profiles are implemented. Otherwise it would be pointless to log in with a profile if you can't have your stuff there automatically. And they would need to build the server for sync in the first place. Then they might add in multiple user profiles.


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    @dmportman:

    I am not a computer tech and I am leery of messing around with command lines and computer codes.

    Is there any plan to put a profile manager in settings, as the one is in Google Chrome, to simplify the process for those of us who are technologically challenged?

    Vivaldi will not aim to be a "techies only" browser. If a feature is fully implemented, it will be transparent to everyone.



  • … I would expect that that would be for multiple users of the same machine, typically. Edge cases would involve a single user across multiple machines, but that would be implemented entirely differently.



  • This is actually a fantastic tip – I was just wondering if there was some way that I could put all my user data over on Dropbox, and then pick it up from all the various computers that I use. And it looks like that would be the way! Now, can I run two different copies with two different user dirs on the same machine at the same time... something that Chrome is not really capable of (if you try to launch a second profile in Chrome, it just opens the tab in the original one instead..)

    This should help me make an even more giant tangled mess of all the bookmarks and settings that I've managed to accumulate across 3 or 4 different computers!!! haha

    • Edit: Yay! it works!! there's probably a bunch of junk in the User Profile directory that I think I'd rather have on the local machine instead of Dropbox, but for now, it'll work. At least until my Dropbox is full :|


  • @eblade:

    This is actually a fantastic tip – I was just wondering if there was some way that I could put all my user data over on Dropbox, and then pick it up from all the various computers that I use. And it looks like that would be the way! Now, can I run two different copies with two different user dirs on the same machine at the same time... something that Chrome is not really capable of (if you try to launch a second profile in Chrome, it just opens the tab in the original one instead..)

    This should help me make an even more giant tangled mess of all the bookmarks and settings that I've managed to accumulate across 3 or 4 different computers!!! haha

    • Edit: Yay! it works!! there's probably a bunch of junk in the User Profile directory that I think I'd rather have on the local machine instead of Dropbox, but for now, it'll work. At least until my Dropbox is full :|

    you would sync your browsing data and passwords on dropbox. after dropbox is known to snoop around everything?



  • Reviving this as a reminder to Vivaldi's creators that this is a desirable feature, even amongst geeks.

    I actually use the multiple profile feature on Chrome and other Chromium based browsers I've tried because I work on websites and need to see multiple version of them at once - my admin log in, various levels of user log ins, and the general non-registered public versions. On a more personal level, I have a few blogs on Tumblr that are all separated out by a handful of e-mails so as to not cross the streams and have a bunch of unrelated things all in the same feed, so each one goes into a different profile.

    While I'm capable of using the additional string of code on a desktop shortcut, not everyone who wants to use all the other awesome features of Vivaldi is. The lack of multiple profiles was the first thing that hit me as a negative about Vivaldi, as I was getting everything set up for use to go ahead and test it out after being pointed in your direction. It can be a pretty huge game killer for some people now a days, especially since Chromium is known for being perfectly capable of managing it.

    Anyway, please consider adding this feature as soon as possible so those without the skill to use the command string in a shortcut or those who just want a cleaner, faster, in browser process can get going with Vivaldi, as it appears to be a much more superior browser system.

    Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!



  • I'll add my +1 for this feature; right now its the only feature missing that keeps this from being my goto browser.



  • (AFAIK: OS independent. Tested on Linux.)


    A somewhat hackish procedure, but I add it as a resource for anyone who cares.

    Note: This can break anything, can stop working at any time etc.

    Add a profile:
    [ol]

    • Go to vivaldi://user-manager/
    • Click [+] Add person in the lower left corner
      [/ol]

    I have bookmarked the User Manager page for profile switching.

    Change name / Avatar:

    [ol]

    • Select profile from the User Manager page
    • Go to chrome://settings-frame/manageProfile NB! chrome:// not vivaldi://
    • Change name and / or avatar
      [/ol]

    Alternative for the above is to:

    [ol]

    • Select profile from the User Manager page
    • Go to chrome://settings-frame/options-bundle.js NB! chrome:// not vivaldi://
    • Open Console: Ctrl+Shift+I , select "Console"
    • Write ManageProfileOverlay.showManageDialog() and press Enter
      [/ol]

    One obvious drawback is that avatar is not displayed in Vivaldi. One has to sort to other means to distinguish which profile is in use. One option (if you use bookmark bar) is to add a bookmark in the left corner with profile name. Unfortunately there is no (obvious) way to change fav-icon for bookmarks, else one could use the bundled icons for profiles: (Add @2x to end of URL to get double size.)

    vivaldi://theme/IDR_PROFILE_AVATAR_1
    ...
    vivaldi://theme/IDR_PROFILE_AVATAR_26
    
    

    A list of avatar / icon numbers as reference:



  • @Gwen-Dragon said in Multiples User Profiles:

    f. ex. –user-data-dir=U:\MyProfiles\Profile1

    I can find no pathing like this. Gwen, could you please provide explicit instructions for how to locate and use this profile folder? I am sure many want to know, as well. I get the shortcut part. But I can't find any such profiles, nor would I understand what to do with them if I did from this tip. TIA.



  • Giving this feature another BIG +1. Having multiple profiles can really transform the way you work. I love this feature in Chrome and would switch over to Vivaldi for more of my work if it were there reliably.

    Here are some examples of how I use it:

    I have a profile with my one-on-one meetings notes / agendas in google docs. I keep a couple of these open in pinned tabs in that profile; so, when something comes up I want to add to a meeting agenda, I just jump to that profile and add it. I have another profile for testing web applications, and then I have a main/default profile for mail, calendar, and general stuff. I use different themes so I can see immediately which profile I'm in. And I set up keyboard shortcuts to quickly jump between profiles. It's now become second nature to me and has really changed the way I work. Seriously, dude. Seriously.

    Also, and i know this won't apply to as many people, I do a lot of testing of web applications where users have different roles in the app. (In my case, educational software.) It's incredibly useful to be able to jump between the Instructor role and the Student role when testing something. So I have dedicated profiles for those as well.

    Hope to see this feature in the future!



  • @Ayespy said in Multiples User Profiles:

    Vivaldi will not aim to be a "techies only" browser. If a feature is fully implemented, it will be transparent to everyone.

    Different users can access as much or as little of its power as they wish. Everyone is welcome; none are turned away. It's inclusive.



  • @shoq said in Multiples User Profiles:

    I get the shortcut part. But I can't find any such profiles, nor would I understand what to do with them if I did from this tip.

    You can create these separate profile folders yourself and add the --user-data-dir=.... to the desktop or Windows startmenu shortcut.



  • The URL vivaldi://user-manager does not work in 1.7 anymore! Does anyone know "what now"? Pretty close to a deal-breaker for me, honestly.


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    @wiwaldy: Does "add person" at the bottom of the page at chrome://settings/search#user help?



  • @Ayespy Thanks, but no! It does not help much. It gives me the option to Add or Remove users/persons/people, but I need a way to LAUNCH an existing user profile. This is what the missing page was giving me and is now gone.

    Interestingly, my Vivaldi still remembers that I have 3 windows opens, each with a different profile and it duly re-opens then each time I re-launch it. But if I ever close any of those profiles - no idea how I am ever going to re-open it :-) Like keeping a fire alight - once gone, it's over :-)



  • @Ayespy - thanks again for your efforts, both here and in the related thread https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/13791/user-profiles/17

    As of the moment, with Vivaldi 1.7, I cannot find a really good solution, but for whoever may care, here is a stop-gap measure that I managed to cobble together. This I tested on Linux (Ubuntu 16, if it matters). Might work on other platforms too.

    PROBLEM: Start another (existing) profile without closing any of the currently running Vivaldi windows.

    HACKY SOLUTION (from the command line):

    1. Discover the name of your profile folder
    • Let's say that my profile is named "weather"
    • I do so:
      egrep -l '"name":"weather"' ~/.config/vivaldi/*/Preferences
    • I see something like this:
      /home/bluser/.config/vivaldi/Profile 2/Preferences
    1. Now start the profile:
      vivaldi --profile-directory="Profile 2"

    You will get a message like this, if Vivaldi is already running:
    Created new window in existing browser session.

    Note that you DO NOT need to background the job, i.e. no need for a & at the end. At least if Vialdi is already running. But it will probably not hurt much if you add it. Dunno!

    Well, just my 2 cents.


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