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Say I wanted to login to two gmail accounts. I could have one tab that has it's own session, and another tab that has another isolated session. I understand Gmail has this feature for managing multiple accounts now, but I think the implementation is kind of lame. I'd much rather just keep two tabs open and manage two separate sessions.

I can see this being useful for other sites as well.

Does anyone know how to accomplish this easily?

Update

I'm familiar with Incognito Mode, but this sucks for three reasons.

  • two separate windows sucks compared to two tabs in one window

  • incognito sessions are shared across other incognito windows, meaning you can only have up to one additional session.

  • not all other browser extensions are available in incognito windows (nor do you want them)

This just really 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 –  Xiuhtecuhtli Dec 3 '10 at 22:21

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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. –  pattern86 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

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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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 at 21:10

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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