Frank NockeWeb • Frontend • Developer

Creating Multiple Chrome-Profiles under Linux

If you are anything like me, you want to have multiple browser profiles… for all your work, private, organizing stuff…

So, how do you do that?

(It was a bit easier with Firefox and its profiles.ini in the old days…)

1. create an (empty) profile-Folder

Chrome basically insist all profile-folders to be under ~/.config/google-chrome

If you hate that as much as I do and want to collect your important profiles (which you may consider important to back up) in a more visible place, let’s create them somewhere else and do a symlink:

    cd ~/.config/google-chrome
    mkdir /home/frank/Documents/Organisation/chrome-profiles/chrome-eigentlich
    ln -s /home/frank/Documents/Organisation/chrome-profiles/chrome-eigentlich

That gets you a symbolic link, pointing to, where you’d actually want to keep your profiles

  ~/.config/google-chrome $ llinks
    chrome-work    -> /home/frank/Documents/Organisation/chrome-profiles/chrome-work/
    chrome-private -> /home/frank/Documents/Organisation/chrome-profiles/chrome-private/
    chrome-testing -> /home/frank/Documents/Organisation/chrome-profiles/chrome-testing/
    chrome-client1 -> /home/frank/Documents/Organisation/chrome-profiles/chrome-client1/

And as you can see, I have quite a few. llinks by the way is a useful macro in my .bash_aliases to list links only…

    alias llinks='ll -l | grep "\->"'

2. add a shortcut to /user/bin

Unless you are into lenghty calls with several parameters to open a particular profile, you want to conveniently call it, like so:

    $> chrome-work

So let’s create a miniature shell script in /usr/bin. (You can of course use any other editor than pluma)

    $> cd /usr/bin
    $> sudo pluma chrome-work

…and that’s, what I am using there:

  #!/usr/bin/env bash
  google-chrome --disable-session-crashed-bubble --profile-directory=chrome-eigentlich

Lastly, you might want to create a .desktop File, so that you can easily add this to your top bar, bottom plank or elsewhere in your GUI:

  ~ $> cd /usr/share/applications
  /usr/share/applications $> ll google-*
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root  root  8,2K 2018-03-06 15:17  google-chrome.desktop
  -rw-rw-r-- 1 frank frank  208 2016-11-16 21:25  google-free.desktop
  -rw-rw-r-- 1 frank frank  211 2016-11-16 21:25  google-work.desktop
  frank@x230 /usr/share/applications $ cat google-work.desktop

This has proven to work quite well as a .desktop file under Ubuntu 16.04 (not too much, not too little… as both can get you trouble with .desktop-Files…)

  [Desktop Entry]
  Name=Chrome Work
  Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome --disable-session-crashed-bubble --profile-directory=chrome-work %U