Google Chrome: Sharing Profiles with a Linux OS

Some of you might be wondering how to share a google chrome profile between a windows and a linux operating system. Copying or creating a symbolic link doesn’t seem to work as the extensions go haywire. The reason is the use of “\\” in the profiles created in windows. Use the following command to change the path names in the Preferences file to use a ‘/’ instead of ‘\\’.

sed -i ‘s/\\\\/\//g’ ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Preferencesas

Happy chroming! Its still the fastest starting browser.

 

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4 thoughts on “Google Chrome: Sharing Profiles with a Linux OS

  1. I have two users setup in a Fedora 17 machine. One work, and one personal. How can I share my Google Chrome profile with the both of those local Linux users.

    Is the answer the same for Thunderbird?

    • You should create a folder writable by both the users. Then you can either create symlinks to this folder or directly use it as your google-profile folder.
      Use –user-data-dir switch with the google-chrome executable, viz. “google-chrome –user-data-dir=/opt/chrome-profile”

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