How do I log in as multiple accounts at the same time?

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Through command line options, Second Life® allows you to configure various client parameters. Some of them are rather obscure, but one we hear about a lot is the -multiple flag, which lets you run more than one Second Life Viewer simultaneously.

If you're on a Mac, see this forum thread for more info.

KBcaution.png Important: Running multiple Viewers is an unsupported feature, and may have some unexpected performance-related side effects on your use of Second Life. Use the following instructions at your own risk!

On Windows

  1. Find a shortcut to Second Life; the Second Life Viewer installer places a shortcut on your desktop by default. If you need to find the executable (SecondLife.exe) so you can make a new shortcut, Second Life is usually located in this directory:C:\Program Files\SecondLife
  2. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties.
  3. Click the Shortcut tab.
  4. In the Target field, next to the path to the directory containing Second Life, insert a space and "-multiple". Like this:"C:\Program Files\SecondLife" -multiple Do not delete the quotation marks.Kbext 376023217 606d063bb8 m.jpg
  5. Click OK.
  6. To test your results, try double-clicking the Second Life shortcut. After the Second Life Viewer opens, double-click the shortcut again. In your Windows Taskbar, you should see two instances of Second Life; you're running two viewers at once!

From here, you can log in as usual on each Viewer. Remember that Second Life is extremely resource-intensive and attempts to use as much computer processing power as possible. Running multiple copies of Second Life may cause some or all of the copies to run very slowly. Try minimizing the open Viewers you aren't using, so the one you're actively working on can have the most resources.

On Mac

  1. Open Script Editor
    1. Open the Applications folder
    2. Open the AppleScript folder
    3. Double-click the Script Editor icon
  2. Paste the following bit of code into the editor:tell application "Terminal" do script "nohup \"/Applications/Second Life.app/Contents/MacOS/Second Life\" -multiple &" delay 1 quit end tell
  3. Save as "Second Life - Multiple", choose your Applications folder. The File Format should be "application" and for the Options, you should have "Run Only" checked and not the others.
  4. A Second Life - Multiple icon will now be available within your Applications folder. Run it as many times as you like for a new instance of Second Life.

Further ideas for using command line options

You can see a comprehensive listing of these client parameters. Following similar steps to the above, at your own discretion, try different options, substituting or adding to -multiple with something else. For example, if you want to hide the Library folder in your Inventory, use -noinvlib.