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Sure it's possible. Read on for a detailed explanation on how to do so:

64px-KBwarning.png Warning: This is one of the hottest questions  Linden Lab gets, as noticed on Second Life Answers! However, we  do NOT officially support running multiple Viewers for  several reasons: in addition to this being a "debug" feature, Second  Life is very resource-intensive, and having more than one instance  competing for RAM, graphics card memory, and soforth fares poorly on many systems. So do NOT count on the below tips to work.

But,  we recognize the practical usages of running multiple avatars/accounts  at once for inventory transfers, permissions testing, making machinima,  and so on. Thus, best of luck, and PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The following platform-specific steps may enable you to run multiple  instances of Second Life at the same time. Since you can only have each  account logged in once, you'll need multiple accounts, one for  each instance.

64px-KBnote.png Note: while the below steps use "--multiple",  a single dash, as in "-multiple", should work, too. If  not, report your findings on the Discussion page.

Also see Viewer parameters.

Contents

Windows

This can work on Windows XP and Vista.

  1. Make a new shortcut to SecondLife.exe.
    • If you still have the desktop shortcut included with the  default install, you can edit it, or right-click it and select Create  Shortcut to make a safety copy. You can rename it to differentiate.
  2. Right-click the shortcut, click the Shortcut tab.
  3. Next to Target:, add "--multiple" to the  end.
    • The whole Target: line should look like: "C:\Program  Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe" --set InstallLanguage en --multiple
    Image:Running_multiple_Viewers.png
  4. Click OK to save.
  5. Double-click the Second Life shortcut to start Second Life.  After it's running, double-click the shortcut again to see if another  copy successfully starts.

Mac  OS X

From the Finder

  1. Go to your Applications folder and look for Second  Life.
  2. Right-click Second Life and click Show Package  Contents.
  3. Within the package, open Contents > Resources folders, then double-click arguments.txt. By default, it'll open  in TextEdit.
  4. In this text file, add "--multiple", then in the  text editor, go to File menu > Save.
  5. Still in the Second Life package, go up a level. Then  go into the MacOS folder (Contents > MacOS)
  6. Double-click the Second Life executable in the MacOS folder, which is different than running the overall application  package. A Terminal window with debug info appears, then Second Life  should start. Then, double-click the Second Life executable or  shortcut again. Another copy should successfully appear.
    • To make this easier in the future, right-click the Second  Life executable and choose Make Alias. You can drag this  alias to your desktop or another convenient location so you don't have  to dig into this folder in the future.
    • Alternatively, you can duplicate the Second Life package.

From the Terminal

Recommended for the technically comfortable:

  1. Open the  Terminal.
  2. Type or paste in "/Applications/Second\  Life.app/Contents/MacOS/Second\ Life --multiple". You need to  change the directory if you've installed Second Life somewhere else.
    Image:Running_multiple_Viewers_-_Mac_Terminal.png
  3. Press Return, and repeat the above for each subsequent  instance.

One instance per user account

Stuff  to do: This section needs to be revised for style and accuracy.

(An alternative method for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later (which may  also work for Windows?) is to use different user accounts on your  computer: this needs an initial set-up, but will then involve being  able to run Second Life as multiples without any technical changes to  Package Contents.)

  • Set up (repeat for further multiples if desired):
  1. Open System Preferences > Accounts
  2. Click the lock icon in the bottom left and type an admin  password to authenticate
  3. Under Login Options, check Enable fast user  switching
  4. If you need to add an account, click the + symbol under  the list of accounts
  5. Give the new account a name and short name. For convenience,  don't use a password, and do not give the new account Administrator privileges
  6. Repeat as desired
  • Regular use:
  1. Log in to your main SL account under one computer user account
  2. Use the Fast User Switching menu to switch to another  user account
  3. Log in to another of your SL accounts
  4. (watch your computer slow right down!)
  5. Use Fast User Switching to quickly switch between  accounts

The disadvantages of this second method is that you cannot have both  SL windows on your screen simultaneously. The advantage is that you can run both instances of SL full screen.

Linux

  1. Find the file gridargs.dat in the Second Life installation  directory
  2. Edit the file and add '-multiple'

Launch alternate viewers

Stuff  to do: This section's scope and focus needs to be clarified.

You can start up SL Viewer first, and then launch Meerkat or Hippo (or both).

It has to be in that order, SL Viewer and Greenlife  Emerald insist on being the "first", so you cannot run them both at  the same time. Meerkat and Hippo don't mind being second  or third.

Advantage: You can experiment with different viewers on the same  screen.

Disadvantage: It's very, very slow if both windows are maximized.  The best way to switch is by minimizing one and maximizing the other.  This is a bit cumbersome. And they both need to be maximized when you  want to compare them directly, of course.

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Sure it's possible. Read on for a detailed explanation on how to do so:

64px-KBwarning.png Warning: This is one of the hottest questions  Linden Lab gets, as noticed on Second Life Answers! However, we  do NOT officially support running multiple Viewers for  several reasons: in addition to this being a "debug" feature, Second  Life is very resource-intensive, and having more than one instance  competing for RAM, graphics card memory, and soforth fares poorly on many systems. So do NOT count on the below tips to work.

But,  we recognize the practical usages of running multiple avatars/accounts  at once for inventory transfers, permissions testing, making machinima,  and so on. Thus, best of luck, and PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The following platform-specific steps may enable you to run multiple  instances of Second Life at the same time. Since you can only have each  account logged in once, you'll need multiple accounts, one for  each instance.

64px-KBnote.png Note: while the below steps use "--multiple",  a single dash, as in "-multiple", should work, too. If  not, report your findings on the Discussion page.

Also see Viewer parameters.

Contents

Windows

This can work on Windows XP and Vista.

  1. Make a new shortcut to SecondLife.exe.
    • If you still have the desktop shortcut included with the  default install, you can edit it, or right-click it and select Create  Shortcut to make a safety copy. You can rename it to differentiate.
  2. Right-click the shortcut, click the Shortcut tab.
  3. Next to Target:, add "--multiple" to the  end.
    • The whole Target: line should look like: "C:\Program  Files\SecondLife\SecondLife.exe" --set InstallLanguage en --multiple
    Image:Running_multiple_Viewers.png
  4. Click OK to save.
  5. Double-click the Second Life shortcut to start Second Life.  After it's running, double-click the shortcut again to see if another  copy successfully starts.

Mac  OS X

From the Finder

  1. Go to your Applications folder and look for Second  Life.
  2. Right-click Second Life and click Show Package  Contents.
  3. Within the package, open Contents > Resources folders, then double-click arguments.txt. By default, it'll open  in TextEdit.
  4. In this text file, add "--multiple", then in the  text editor, go to File menu > Save.
  5. Still in the Second Life package, go up a level. Then  go into the MacOS folder (Contents > MacOS)
  6. Double-click the Second Life executable in the MacOS folder, which is different than running the overall application  package. A Terminal window with debug info appears, then Second Life  should start. Then, double-click the Second Life executable or  shortcut again. Another copy should successfully appear.
    • To make this easier in the future, right-click the Second  Life executable and choose Make Alias. You can drag this  alias to your desktop or another convenient location so you don't have  to dig into this folder in the future.
    • Alternatively, you can duplicate the Second Life package.

From the Terminal

Recommended for the technically comfortable:

  1. Open the  Terminal.
  2. Type or paste in "/Applications/Second\  Life.app/Contents/MacOS/Second\ Life --multiple". You need to  change the directory if you've installed Second Life somewhere else.
    Image:Running_multiple_Viewers_-_Mac_Terminal.png
  3. Press Return, and repeat the above for each subsequent  instance.

One instance per user account

Stuff  to do: This section needs to be revised for style and accuracy.

(An alternative method for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later (which may  also work for Windows?) is to use different user accounts on your  computer: this needs an initial set-up, but will then involve being  able to run Second Life as multiples without any technical changes to  Package Contents.)

  • Set up (repeat for further multiples if desired):
  1. Open System Preferences > Accounts
  2. Click the lock icon in the bottom left and type an admin  password to authenticate
  3. Under Login Options, check Enable fast user  switching
  4. If you need to add an account, click the + symbol under  the list of accounts
  5. Give the new account a name and short name. For convenience,  don't use a password, and do not give the new account Administrator privileges
  6. Repeat as desired
  • Regular use:
  1. Log in to your main SL account under one computer user account
  2. Use the Fast User Switching menu to switch to another  user account
  3. Log in to another of your SL accounts
  4. (watch your computer slow right down!)
  5. Use Fast User Switching to quickly switch between  accounts

The disadvantages of this second method is that you cannot have both  SL windows on your screen simultaneously. The advantage is that you can run both instances of SL full screen.

Linux

  1. Find the file gridargs.dat in the Second Life installation  directory
  2. Edit the file and add '-multiple'

Launch alternate viewers

Stuff  to do: This section's scope and focus needs to be clarified.

You can start up SL Viewer first, and then launch Meerkat or Hippo (or both).

It has to be in that order, SL Viewer and Greenlife  Emerald insist on being the "first", so you cannot run them both at  the same time. Meerkat and Hippo don't mind being second  or third.

Advantage: You can experiment with different viewers on the same  screen.

Disadvantage: It's very, very slow if both windows are maximized.  The best way to switch is by minimizing one and maximizing the other.  This is a bit cumbersome. And they both need to be maximized when you  want to compare them directly, of course.

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