Using Firefox Nightly is the best way to get your daily dose of the various Firefox features in development, some of which you may never see in the final build. But if you also intend to use Firefox Quantum, then you may be in for a nasty surprise.
Both versions of Firefox use the same profile, and since Firefox Nightly isn’t the most stable of browsers with its continuous updates and untested features, the chances of profile corruption is pretty high.
And to make matters worse, you also won’t be able to run both versions concurrently alongside each other. Not good when you want to access certain sites that require additional security and stability.
Fortunately, you can resolve both issues with little effort by creating a separate profile for Firefox Nightly. And thanks to Firefox Sync, you can still get your browsing data synced across both profiles. Sounds cool, right? Let's see how to get it done.
Creating a new profile for Firefox Nightly is super-simple due to the inclusion of the Firefox Profile Manager. But since Firefox Nightly and Quantum are two different versions, you also need to add a command line to the shortcuts that both browsers use to complete the procedure. Let's see how.
Important: Before you begin, completely shut down both Firefox Quantum and Firefox Nightly. To view the following steps, consider either printing them out or using another web browser such as Chrome or Edge.
Step 1: Press Windows+R to open the Run box. Next, insert firefox -p into the search bar and click OK.
Step 2: On the Firefox Profile Manager that shows up, you should see a lone profile named default.
Let’s keep it allocated to Firefox Quantum and create a new profile for Firefox Nightly. To do that, click Create Profile.
Step 3: Insert a new profile name — preferably Nightly — and click Finish.
Step 4: Click Exit to close the Firefox Profile Manager.
Sadly, that’s not the end of it. You should now configure both the Firefox Quantum and the Firefox Nightly shortcuts to use their respective profiles.
Note: If you haven’t installed Firefox Nightly yet, do that now before proceeding.
Step 5: Right-click the Firefox Nightly shortcut on your desktop and click Properties.
Step 6: Click the Shortcut tab — if you aren’t in it automatically — and add -p Nightly to the path next to Target. Make sure to replace Nightly with the correct name of your newly created profile.
If the profile name consists of two or more words separated by spaces, however, you need to wrap it in quotes. For example, if the profile name is FF Nightly, the command line should look like -p "FF Nightly".
Important: Make sure to keep a single space between the path and the command line as shown in the screenshot.
Once you are done, click Apply and OK to save your changes.
Step 7: Do the same to your Firefox Quantum shortcut, but make sure to use the -p default command line instead.
Afterward, you should be able to switch between both browsers without worrying about profile corruption issues.
Firefox Nightly and Quantum doesn’t run together by default. Any version that you open first forces the same version to launch regardless of whatever shortcut that you use. And that means fully exiting Nightly to launch Quantum and vice versa.
However, it’s more than possible to remove this restriction. Since you’ve already created a separate profile for Firefox Nightly, it should take just a minute!
Start by right-clicking the same Firefox Nightly shortcut that you modified earlier and then selecting Properties.
Now, add -p-remote into the Target field as shown in the screenshot below. Make sure to not delete or replace the command line that you added before.
Once you are done, save your changes, and you should be able to run both browsers seamlessly alongside each other. And also expect Firefox Sync to keep syncing your data between browsers as well. Sounds awesome!
Note: Firefox Nightly can crash often due to its unstable nature, and that may also prompt Firefox Quantum to behave abnormally when running both browsers simultaneously.
You can now run both Firefox Quantum and Firefox Nightly without any profile corruption issues whatsoever. Yay! Make sure to also use Firefox Sync so that you still have your browsing data available on each browser.
And the ability to run both browsers alongside each other also makes for one hell of an experience, so don't skip out on that!
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