Opened 3 days ago

Last modified 3 days ago

#26375 needs_information defect

On Mac, cannot have Tor Browser and Tor Browser Alpha side by side

Reported by: tom Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: mcs, brade Actual Points:
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Description

On Mac, I can have FF Beta/Dev Edition/Nightly/ESR all as separate apps and run them simultaneously.

I cannot do that with Tor Browser and Tor Browser Alpha.

Even if I rename the Alpha to a different name so they're both in my Applications folder, trying to run a second one says "Tor Browser is already running"

I haven't tried Nightly.

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Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 3 days ago by gk

Cc: mcs brade added

comment:2 Changed 3 days ago by mcs

Status: newneeds_information

In my experience, you can run as many copies of Tor Browser as you like as long as:

  1. Each browser uses a separate profile. The easiest way to make sure that is the case is to not install in /Applications; instead put each browser in its own folder so each will have its own TorBrowser-Data directory.
  2. Each browser is configured with different SOCKS and control ports, or is using UNIX domain sockets.

Have you met those conditions? Or maybe you want the different "flavors" of Tor Browser to use different profiles by default? I know Firefox does that automatically for Developer Edition; I am not sure about the Firefox Nightly or ESR (I don't think so).

comment:3 in reply to:  2 Changed 3 days ago by tom

Replying to mcs:

In my experience, you can run as many copies of Tor Browser as you like as long as:

  1. Each browser uses a separate profile. The easiest way to make sure that is the case is to not install in /Applications; instead put each browser in its own folder so each will have its own TorBrowser-Data directory.

No, I had stuck it in Applications.

  1. Each browser is configured with different SOCKS and control ports, or is using UNIX domain sockets.

Have you met those conditions? Or maybe you want the different "flavors" of Tor Browser to use different profiles by default? I know Firefox does that automatically for Developer Edition; I am not sure about the Firefox Nightly or ESR (I don't think so).

For FF, I have the profile selector running on startup and different profiles for each browser so that explains that.

Okay so it sounds like this is either an enhancement (so one can put it in Applications and that everything 'just works' by using a different port/profile) or a wontfix!

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