Windows and linux

“Out of the box” you should be able to run more than one copy of Firestorm without doing anything. If you try and it doesn't work, then go to PreferencesAdvanced and make sure that “Allow Multiple Viewers” is enabled. If it wasn't, enable it and relog.


Mac does not really like to open two instances of Firestorm at once - you will notice it wants to bring the already-open one to the front. The standard way of duplicating the Application is fairly resource-heavy, so here are two alternatives. Use Method 1 if you want to create a new instance right away. Method 2 requires some advance preparation, but once you have it set up, you'll be able to access Firestorm with any of your accounts quickly and easily.

Method 1

Ctrl-click on Firestorm Viewer in your Applications folder and select “Show Package Contents.” In the folder that opens, go into “Contents” and then “MacOS.” In the MacOS folder, you'll find another Firestorm with a black box icon. Double-click this to open your new instance of the viewer. Terminal will open as well; you can let that run in the background.

Method 2

With this method, you will spend some time setting yourself up, but once the work is done, logging into the viewer will never have been easier.

  • Open Applescript Editor - it's in Utilities, in Applications. It will open a new Script for you.
  • Copy and paste the following into it:
do shell script "\"/Applications/\" -multiple -login yourName yourPass"
  • Change yourName and yourPass to the correct name and password for your avatar.
  • Change as needed for the version you use.
  • Save. give it a memorable name - you'll need a different one for each av, so have the avatar's name in there somewhere.
  • Set the File Format to Application, leave the other check-boxes clear, (except 'hide extension', which is optional, whether you want it to say .app or not, makes no difference to the functionality).
  • Save it somewhere you can find it easily.
  • Double-click to launch Firestorm for that avatar.

For more avatars, change the details and Save As…

Should you need to modify it in future, drop this “applet” onto Script Editor and it will open as editable text again.

  • fs_multiple_firestorm.txt
  • Last modified: 2016/01/25 15:49
  • by misteracacia