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Launch new instances of Google Chrome on OS X with isolated cache, cookies, and user config
#!/usr/bin/env bash
# fresh-chrome
#
# Use this script on OS X to launch a new instance of Google Chrome
# with its own empty cache, cookies, and user configuration.
#
# The first time you run this script, it will launch a new Google
# Chrome instance with a permanent user-data directory, which you can
# customize below. Perform any initial setup you want to keep on every
# new Chrome instance, such as adding bookmarks and extensions. Then
# quit this Chrome instance with Command-Q or by selecting "Quit" from
# the "Chrome" menu. (The red "close" button is not sufficient.)
#
# AFTER that, every time you run this script it will launch a new
# Google Chrome instance with a temporary user-data directory copied
# from the one you set up the first time you ran this script. Every
# new instance of Google Chrome launched by this script will be
# completely isolated from the others.
### Customize these
# Permanent directory to store the user-data directory of your 'fresh'
# Chrome configuration.
fresh_dir="$HOME/.fresh-chrome"
# Temporary directory in which to create new user-data directories for
# temporary Chrome instances.
tmp_dir="/tmp"
### Main script begins
set -e
timestamp=`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S`
if [[ -e "$fresh_dir" ]]; then
user_dir="$tmp_dir/chrome-$timestamp-$RANDOM"
cp -r "$fresh_dir" "$user_dir"
exec open -na "Google Chrome" --args "--user-data-dir=$user_dir"
else
exec open -na "Google Chrome" --args "--user-data-dir=$fresh_dir"
fi
# The MIT License (MIT)
#
# Copyright (c) 2013 Stuart Sierra
#
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# obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files
# (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction,
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# publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software,
# and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so,
# subject to the following conditions:
#
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@shahzeb1 shahzeb1 commented Apr 19, 2017

This is so rad! Thank you.

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@rahul-x rahul-x commented Apr 21, 2017

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@adarshv90 adarshv90 commented Dec 28, 2017

This is awesome. But I'd like to add additional arguments. How can I do that? I specifically want to run so that ignores certificates (--ignore-certificate-errors is the argument I want to run)

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@petraeus petraeus commented Oct 9, 2018

works! thank you

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