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I have multiple accounts on many of the same services. I would like a better way to manage my sessions.

  • A personal Gmail account, and one for work
  • A personal Amazon account, one for work
  • A personal hosting account, one for work, one I manage for a freelance client
  • Many other scenarios like this

As a developer, I'd like to avoid repetitive logins for

  • browse as a logged-in admin
  • browse as a logged-in user
  • browse as a guest, or any other role

I'd like to avoid having to logout, login, logout, login, over and over again.

I understand that some services like Gmail offer simultaneous logins, but I want a general purpose solution that works for all services.

Chrome Incognito Mode is not designed for this

  • Chrome Incognito Mode gives you a new cookie jar, but cookies are shared across other incognito windows. At best, this means you can have two sessions.

  • Other browser extensions you may rely upon are not available in Incognito windows (nor should they be)

  • This isn't Incognito's intended purpose

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I don't such an extension exists - atleast I cannot seem to find one. – Sathya Dec 3 '10 at 21:30
    
I recently had a similar issue, Now that you can login to GoogleAPP accounts from gmail.com. I could have a Personal gmail and a work Gapp Account logged in with shortcut bar icon for each. I have yet to find a fix – Lightly Salted Dec 3 '10 at 22:21
    
@Andrey answer about the extension MultiLogin is the best answer for me it works flawlessly – Metafaniel Mar 4 '15 at 18:42
    
About the question, it is also usefull this functionality for developers, foe example I'm programming a web system with multiple users profiles and with that plugin I can log in as a distinct user in each tab and see test the interaction with all these roles ;) – Metafaniel Mar 4 '15 at 18:44
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Currently, this is not possible.

You can use multiple profiles in Google Chrome, though. Read the instructions here.

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Hey man, this is PERFECT!! Two completely separate sessions working great!! – Brad May 22 '11 at 17:03
    
Also, multiple profiles are something that are going to be baked into Chrome in the future. You can enable it in the Canary build or by navigating to about:flags in any version. – Jesse Jackson Jun 10 '11 at 3:28
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Link in answer appears broken. Find same info here: support.google.com/chrome/answer/2364824?hl=en – Trindaz Jul 8 '13 at 0:07
    
@Jesse Jackson This answer is no longer true. Could you update your answer to reflect the fact that plugins now exist. I think this question is commonly found by Google – Andrey Mar 4 '15 at 19:16
    
@Andrey You can edit my answer if you think it is appropriate and a moderator will approve it. – Jesse Jackson Mar 5 '15 at 4:32

There is a very simple light weight chrome plugin MultiLogin https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/multilogin/nccllfnllopfpcbjdgjdlfmomnfgnnbk

It adds a single button to the top menu. When clicked it opens a new tab, with a new session. The session is confined to that tab, and any tabs opened from that tab.

The plugin is very bare-bones, but it gets the job done.

Update: Extension is no longer available on google chrome store.

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Chrome only has The Incognito mode as a solution, which allows only 2 logins.

A stopgap measure is maybe the extension Quick Login for Google Accounts, to quickly switch between Google Accounts.

I believe that a complete solution can only be found on Firefox with the Multifox extension:

Multifox is an extension that allows Firefox to connect to websites using different user names. Simultaneously!

For example, if you have multiple Gmail accounts, you can open them all at the same time. Each Firefox window, managed by Multifox, accesses an account without interfering with each other.

Another Firefox extension is CookiePie, where maybe you should keep an eye on, since the developer does say :

CookiePie is a Firefox/Flock/GNU IceWeasel extension that enables you to maintain different cookies storage in different tabs and windows.

Currently unsupported (mainly in new Firefox & Gmail versions).
Working on a more stable Google Chrome contribution.

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So after being frustrated that such a simple plugin didn't exist, I made a script for launching a clean Chrome. It is called New Chrome Session.

https://bitbucket.org/bradisbell/new-chrome-session/overview

This creates a shortcut that launches a completely blank session, which tracks its own cookies and what not.

You can use this to login to multiple accounts simultaneously. It works great for Gmail and Facebook, as well as sites using basic auth. It should work for everything.

The only catch that I can see is that you can't use both within the same window. I don't think there is a way around this.

Anyway... enjoy!

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MultiLogin is down from the google webstore, but there is an alternative (SessionBox) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sessionbox-beta/megbklhjamjbcafknkgmokldgolkdfig

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The New Chrome Session plugin ( http://www.musatcha.com/software/NewChromeSession/ ) is quite useful, however it has two down sides:

  • The tabs can't be in the same window. They have to be different windows.
  • It's full of spyware.

To disable spyware, after install open C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\CRE. Find the file in there "pacgpkgadgmibnhpdidcnfafllnmeomc.crx" and copy the full file name including the .crx. Delete it. Create a new empty document, and rename it to the full name you just copied. Go to the properties and make it read only. You can now continue using chrome without having random toolbars installed.

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Tabs not sharing session data must be in separate windows. That's how Chrome works. And, I assure you there is no spyware. You can prove it to yourself... you can look at the code in that CRX file. That CRX file is the Chrome extension that adds the button in the browser to launch the new Chrome extension. If you really don't believe me, go look at the source code yourself. bitbucket.org/bradisbell/new-chrome-session/overview I don't know where your spyware came from, but it wasn't from me. – Brad Jun 22 '14 at 21:10

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