Bypassing the Profile Manager
From MozillaZine Knowledge Base
When you create multiple profiles for Firefox, Thunderbird or SeaMonkey 2, the last selected profile is automatically used, unless you uncheck the "Don't ask at startup" option in the Profile Manager. If you want to bypass the Profile Manager and choose a different profile to start your Mozilla application, one way to do that is by using the -P "<profile name>" command line option but this will only work for profiles listed in the Profile Manager. See the Shortcut to a specific profile article for more information.
This article explains how to start Firefox, Thunderbird, or SeaMonkey 2 with any profile, including a profile that isn't listed in the Profile Manager, using the
You can use the
Caution! Be careful when entering the path to a profile. Due to the fix for bug 531532, entering a
The following explains how to create a desktop shortcut to start your Mozilla application with any profile, whether or not it's listed in the Profile Manager.
Create a new Windows desktop shortcut to your Mozilla application (or copy an existing shortcut). Using Firefox and a profile folder named "MyProfile" as an example, right-click and rename the new shortcut "Firefox MyProfile" , then right-click the shortcut again and select "Properties", go to the "Shortcut" tab, add a space to the end of the path in the "Target" box, then add
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -profile "C:\Firefox\Profiles\MyProfile"
On 64-bit Windows:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -profile "C:\Firefox\Profiles\MyProfile"
Note: For profiles listed in the Profile Manager, you can use
The following examples use a Firefox profile folder but the same applies to a SeaMonkey profile folder and a Thunderbird profile folder, with the appropriate changes to the program name and profile path.
Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Run" then type the following in the "Open:" field, then click 'OK" (press "Windows key + R" to open the Run box on Windows 7/Vista):
For example, on Windows XP with a profile path C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default (where <user> is your Windows log-in user account name) you would enter the following:
firefox.exe -profile "C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default"
For example, on Windows, to open a profile listed as test in the Profile Manager, use
firefox.exe -P test
The same applies, with the appropriate changes. To open the "Run" dialog, the usual keystroke combo is Alt+F2 (it might depend on your window manager). Or you could type the same command-line at any shell prompt in a console terminal running under X11 (xterm, konsole, gnome-terminal, etc.).
To open a profile of your choice:
firefox -profile ~/myprofile
firefox -P test
Creating a profile that is not listed in the Profile Manager
You can use
Again, be careful when entering the path to your new profile. Entering a