Firefox allows for the ability to use multiple profiles by starting the browser from the command line as such: firefox --ProfileManager Or more directly: firefox --CreateProfile

However, despite being included in tor --help , these commands do not work when I replace firefox with tor. The browser starts normally without any other options.

Is there a workaround to navigate this important Firefox functionality to the Tor Browser? I'm running Ubuntu. Thanks!

  • I would be surprised if they appeared on tor --help since tor isn't at all related to firefox.
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 22:37

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This won't work, given that Tor Browser ships with a specific default profile which it uses, and needs to use to operate properly, creating and utilising different profiles will cause issues.

Instead, have multiple installations of Tor Browser (each extracted to a distinct folder) which will provide superior isolation between identities and profiles for each.

  • Will I be able to run these simultaneously? That is a condition.
    – Onion4
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 6:24
  • Not easily, no, but neither would using different profiles.
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 11:41
  • I am looking to do this, even if it is difficult. Can you direct me to something that addresses this?
    – Onion4
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 17:40
  • tor.stackexchange.com/questions/2006/…
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 0:46

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