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Multiple Skype Accounts on Mac OS X

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I needed to run multiple Skype instances on Mac OS X and here is the way to do it.

1. Create a new user from System Configuration > Users.

2. Login with this new user, might not be necessary, but I did it to see if everything is ok.

3. Go back to your normal user and open a Terminal.

4. Type su newuser. It will ask for the user’s password. Replace newuser with the user you created

5. Type /Applications/ and the new Skype instance should appear in the dock

You have to leave the Terminal open, if you close the terminal the other Skype will close. Also note, that preferences and files are saved in the newuser‘s directory.

nohup /Applications/ might also work to run Skype in the background so it’s not closed when the terminal is closed. Hope it saves you some time.




About Muzammil

Over the past 6 years, I have designed, developed and managed over 150 iPhone/iPad applications for many large-scale clients, some include Rolex, Ford, Makemark LLC, Source Digital Production, IT City (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), R.Ø.S.A. Creation etc. These applications ranged from simple navigation bar application to high end user interface design for image processing, simple games with Core Graphics and OpenGL. Before started Triffort Technologies i was working in Ampere Software Pvt Ltd as a senior iOS Developer. I was the first employe of Ampere who started iPhone/iPad development in the company. In ampere i worked on some complex apps like Boxboss, Austin Post, User Tracking etc. Throughout my career, I have used Core Graphics, OpenGL, SQLite, Core Data, JSON, XML etc. I am very proficient in many design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, iMove. Although I am very knowledgeable in all Adobe Products. Most the time i am designing my apps without taking help from any graphics designer. I love to make app from my designs. It feels great when you are creating app from scratch and no body else is involve in your ideas. You are free to do anything. As the Senior Developer and Team lead at Triffort Technologies, I managed a team of Technical Interactive Developers and Designers. As their manager I am responsible for scheduling, resource management, task reviews, process development and enhancements, employee reviews and new employee hiring. I believe good employee morale and communication are key factors to successful, creative work, therefore, positive feedback was part of my daily routine. But most of the time you can find me on my desk writing codes for some app. I love programming. This is my passion. I’m a team player. I am a motivated individual who enjoys taking on new challenges and learning new technologies. I am well organized and a proficient multi-tasker. I have strong problem solving skills such as the ability to use technology in creative ways to meet unique project requirements. I love to be challenged and I always have a positive outlook no matter how tight the deadline is. If you would like to contact me or find out more about my experience, please contact me at or you can Skype me at muz.iphonedev.

11 responses »

  1. Great it works perfect!

  2. tkx for that, but i can not make it working get always teh error Eine andere Instanz von Skype läuft bereitsEine andere Instanz von Skype läuft bereits

    means, another skype is running already…..

    • @matt : Your skype already open, please check status bar. If it is not showing, go to your another account and logout skype then come back to current account and try again. Hope this help.

  3. @Muzammil: I want to access facebook through skype on mac os how could it possible at my mac systen there was no skype home symbol so how could i do it.

    Thanks in advance

    • @Dinesh : Make sure you are using Skype 5.4 or above version.
      1. Login to Skype
      2. In menu bar click Contacts -> Show Facebook Friends
      3. In the Facebook tab click Connect to Facebook.

  4. On Windows, Skype.exe has an option “/secondary” for those purposes. See

    Haven’t tried it on my Mac though.

  5. Looks like the noHup version works too. Terminal window closed and Skype still running.

  6. Thanks for the post.

    Here’s a quicker one liner:

    sudo -u your-username -b /Applications/

  7. The problem with this solution is that any files sent or URL’s included get saved/opened in the “other” user. I used it for awhile but when the iPad version finally started accepting images I just started using that for my secondary.

  8. Here is very simple and reliable way to launch two Skype applications:


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