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Add multiple accounts in Telegram Desktop [Linux | MacOSX | Windows]

How to add multiple accounts to Telegram Desktop

‼️‼️ As of version 2.1.14 Telegram Desktop supports up to 3 multiple accounts inbuilt ‼️‼️

If you have more you can still use this method (3 accounts per instance)

This guide is for the app available here: https://desktop.telegram.org/ not the one in the Mac/Windows App Store. For the Mac App Store app this should work: https://gist.github.com/Nachtalb/ec590dc974f6ba4674972d4937b230be/#gistcomment-3611415

Introduction

ATM of writing this, there is no way inside the Telegram Client to switch accounts (event though this feature exists in the offical mobile clients and there is a long running issue here: telegramdesktop/tdesktop#4261).

The Official Telegram Desktop client however has the feature to set the working directory with a command line argument -workdir. This enables the use of multiple accounts.

In this guide I will show you a way to use this feature on MacOSX, Linux and Windows. We will be working with the -workdir argument to create multiple instances for each Telegram account.

Replace {{...}} thing with what is written in there. So eg. for me and my TG account @Nachtalb I replace {{MyUsername}} with Nachtalb.

Instructions

Linux

  • Create a folder here ~/.local/share/TelegramDesktop/{{MyUsername}}
  • Create a new .desktop file here ~/.local/share/applications/telegramdesktop-{{myusername}}.desktop.
  • Put in your data in here

⚠️ In this example the Telegram binary resides in /opt/Telegram/Telegrm. This might be different in your case. If so then you have to adjust the path to the binary on the lines TryExec and Exec. ⚠️

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=Telegram {{MyUsername}}
Comment=Official desktop version of Telegram messaging service
TryExec=/opt/Telegram/Telegram
Exec=/opt/Telegram/Telegram -workdir /home/{{your_user}}/.local/share/TelegramDesktop/{{MyUsername}} -- %u
Icon=telegram
Terminal=false
StartupWMClass=TelegramDesktop
Type=Application
Categories=Network;InstantMessaging;Qt;
MimeType=x-scheme-handler/tg;
Keywords=tg;chat;im;messaging;messenger;sms;tdesktop;
X-GNOME-UsesNotifications=true
X-Desktop-File-Install-Version=0.23

OSX

  • Create a folder here: ~/.local/share/TelegramDesktop/{{MyUsername}}

  • Open Automator

  • Create a new Application

    https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/9467802/56354968-6875f500-61d5-11e9-9e61-32f87ba5502c.png
  • Add an apple script by drag & drop from the left-hand side

  • Add the following text:

do shell script "Applications/Telegram.app/Contents/MacOS/Telegram -workdir '/Users/{{your_user}}/.local/share/TelegramDesktop/{{MyUsername}}'"

https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/9467802/56354966-657b0480-61d5-11e9-8341-200ee72d1cb2.png

  • Save to /Applications/Telegram {{MyUsername}}.app
  • Now lastly if you want the have the same icon for your new app, open the file info of both apps (the original telegram and yours) with CMD + I and click on the icon in the top left of the original application. Hit copy CMD + C, click on yours and hit past CMD + V.

Windows

  • Create a folder here: C:\Users\{{your_user}}\AppData\Roaming\Telegram Desktop\{{MyUsername}}
  • Rightclick on your desktop and create a new shortcut
  • Put this in the location field
"C:\Users\{{your_user}}\AppData\Roaming\Telegram Desktop\Telegram.exe" -workdir "C:\Users\{{your_user}}\AppData\Roaming\Telegram Desktop\{{MyUsername}}"
  • Click next and type in a name for the shortcut, usually something like Telegram {{MyUsername}}
  • Lastly to find the application via the start menu you have to copy the link in here
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Nachtalb commented Dec 5, 2021

Thanks for the update @DebugNewWorld 👍

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AJackTi commented Dec 10, 2021

Thank you so much @DebugNewWorld
But I want to know how many accounts can I add in this development mode?

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AJackTi commented Dec 10, 2021

I had a crash before when adding too many accounts (more than 20 accounts), I still don't understand why I got such a crash? And how to fix this situation? @Nachtalb @DebugNewWorld

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Nachtalb commented Dec 22, 2021

@AJackTi

I don't use the swift app myself nor do I have access to a MacBook anymore. The main topic of the instructions on this page is the official desktop app: https://desktop.telegram.org/ / https://github.com/telegramdesktop/tdesktop

For more in-depth questions for the Swift app about the max number of accounts, crashes etc. please refer to its repository here: https://github.com/overtake/TelegramSwift

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