I have several firefox profiles and I would like to be asked which to load when I start firefox.

In Gnome2, I had a launcher with the command

firefox -ProfileManager -no-remote

How can I do this with gnome-shell?

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Find the .desktop file for Firefox in /usr/share/applications/, copy it to ~/.local/share/applications/, and edit the Exec= line.

You may need to restart GNOME Shell – Alt-F2, r.

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    If you want two (or more) different launchers, make sure to rename the file from firefox.desktop to something else (e.g. firefox2.desktop).
    – palswim
    Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 20:42
  • Is it possible to prevent the grouping in the dash somehow. Now all my Firefox profiles go under the same icon. Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 19:25
  • For the "Find the .desktop file" step, askubuntu.com/a/117342/193272 suggests sudo updatedb (if not run recently), followed by locate *.desktop Commented Feb 2 at 4:32

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