After an update from Microsoft, /secondary Skype stopped working as mentioned in How can I run multiple Skype accounts in one computer?. I think they willfully want only one Skype should be working on a desktop.

The only one way I've found to run multiple Skype instances now is to just install the old classic Skype.

Is there any way to do it for new Skype?

  • Possible duplicate of How can I run multiple Skype accounts in one computer?
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 12, 2018 at 7:44
  • Don‘t just say it‘s not a duplicate. What did you try, how exactly did it fail?
    – nohillside
    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:09
  • I tried with /secondary option after skype exe command and it is not working. Hence it is different. You can find answer now as given by Ian and me. @patrix Jan 17, 2018 at 10:20

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After reading Ian's answer, I find it is a great solution to this my question. I am posting my own answer just to share my findings based on Ian's link as I faced difficulty on using above answer's path and settings.

  • Copy the skype shortcut paste thereon to create new skype shortcut.
  • Rename it as you want just to distinguish from the primary shortcut.
  • Now, go to its properties and append following string in Target property
  • Skype --secondary --datapath="C:\Login_1"
  • Hence the new full string will be "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype.exe" Skype --secondary --datapath="C:\Login_1"
  • Click on this shortcut and you are done.
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    Don’t think this will work on macOS :-)
    – nohillside
    Jan 17, 2018 at 10:57
  • Yup! I think for Mac solution Ian's answer is ok Jan 17, 2018 at 11:09
  • It seems that with this solution, Skype ask to configure mic and webcam at each re-start... Feb 6, 2019 at 15:34

I found the answer on this page. The command line arguments still exist, they have just been changed. Copying the format from this answer, we have the following command:

open -na /Applications/Skype.app --args --secondary --datapath="/Users/$(whoami)/Library/Application\ Support/Skype2"

Replace "Skype2" with as many numbers as you need instances of skype and go nuts.

  • Thanks, it works perfectly. I create a Skype_old.command file, give it execute permission and now we just need to click on it to open another Skype. Sweet Oct 1, 2018 at 15:12

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