I am new to Mac, and I have my rough time (missing keys, wrong shortcuts and etc). But I don't give up. I am a JS developer with more than 10 years of Windows and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu) experience and I need another Chrome profile accessible on a demand. The easiest way for me is another icon in Dock (and on the desktop). It is very easy in Windows - one just have to make shortcut and enter command line for chrome which looks like this: google-chrome --profile-directory=Default

For OS X I found command line is

open -a "Google Chrome" --args --profile-directory=Default

How to make a shortcut in Dock and on Desktop using it?

Please mind the subject (question), it is important for me, that shortcuts has to allow running multiple profiles simultaneously. I didn't stated it first time, because it was obvious for me it will work that way (Linux and Windows just do it).

4 Answers 4


Since there are several possible answers, I will introduce a more exotic one:

  • Download and install Platypus

  • Create a file chromedefault.sh in ~/Documents/scripts/ with the content:

    open -a "Google Chrome" --args --profile-directory=Default
  • Open Platypus with the following settings:

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    and create a new "app" ChromeDefault.

  • For a second app with the profile Other use another script chromeother.sh with appropriate changes:

    open -a "Google Chrome" --args --profile-directory=Other

    and call it ChromeOther.

  • Put both apps in the /Applications folder and create as many symlinks or aliases as needed.
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    I have a problem with this solution, when Chrome runs Default profile running command open -a "Google Chrome" --args --profile-directory=Other makes only current Chrome window focus. How to run two or more profiles simultaneously?
    – Marecky
    Nov 18, 2015 at 10:41
  • @Marecky hi! Were you able to find a desired solution? May 12 at 9:44

Open Script Editor from /Application/Utilities >> create a new doc >> paste following:

do shell script "/Applications/Google\\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\\ Chrome --profile-directory=Profile\\ 3 > /dev/null 2>&1 &"


\\ contains a space (the first back slash escapes the second back slash which escapes the space!);

and user profile ../Chrome/Profile 3 will be --profile-directory=Profile\\ 3 in the code, ../Chrome/Profile 2 will be --profile-directory=Profile\\ 2, ../Chrome/Default will be --profile-directory=Default

Try to run it and save it if it works.

  • double '\' seems couldn't show, idk y.. it show be \\
    – Vlade
    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:26
  • do shell script "/Applications/Google\\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\\ Chrome --profile-directory=Profile\\ 3 > /dev/null 2>&1 &"
    – Vlade
    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:27

Building on klanomath's answer, I wrote the following shell script:

#! /usr/local/bin/zsh

declare -a profiles=( "Default" "Profile 3" "Profile 4" )
declare -a profile_aliases=( one two three )

if [ -z $1 ]; then

for n ({1..${#profile_aliases}}); do
    if [ $profile_aliases[$n] = $1 ]; then
        #echo $profiles[$n];
        /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome --new-window --profile-directory="${profiles[$n]}"

this enables you to run ./chrome.sh one, which will launch the Default folder. The main difference in this and the other solutions here is the --new-window switch, which makes Chrome run in a new window. Also, I'm just using the Google Chrome executable, which just made sense to me.


just use the Automater app. its built into macOS to make the shell script into am app.

  • 1
    Welcome to Ask Different and thank you for your answer. :) Unfortunately, short answers such as this don't really provide enough detail or context to help many users. If possible, it'd be good if you could add some more info on such as how a user would use the Automator app to do what you're suggesting? Also, you may want to read How to Answer for tips on providing answers here.
    – Monomeeth
    May 8, 2018 at 23:45

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