By default, Discord only allows a single client to run at a time. This can be a problem for those who use Discord for more than just leisure and like to keep their contacts / activities separate between different accounts. You probably wouldn’t want Xx_360NoSc0pe_xX messaging you during a work meeting for example.
Sure you could use the web and desktop client at the same time, or download the public test build and run it along side the production build, but what if there was a better way? Well, luckily enough, there is a way to launch multiple discord clients at once and you don’t even need any third party software or other apps – here’s how!
How to Run Multiple Instances of Discord in Windows 10
First, close any open instances of Discord. If your Discord client is set to “Minimize to Tray”, make sure you right click it in the
System Tray and select
Windows Key + R on your keyboard to launch the
Run window. You can also search for
Run in the Windows 10 start menu and launch it there.
Copy and paste / type in the following command into the
Open field and then hit
Enter on your keyboard (or click the
Local window that appears, open the
Discord folder and then the
app-<version#> (i.e. app-0.0.309) folder.
Discord.exe and right click it. Hover over
Send to > and select
Desktop (create shortcut).
Go back to your desktop and locate the new shortcut you just created. Right click it and select
Target field, add
--multi-instance to the very end of the target. The below is an example of how this should look.
OK button to save the changes.
Now open Discord using this new shortcut icon and then open it a second time using the same shortcut icon again. The first client will sign into the account you usually use for Discord and the second client will prompt you to sign in with a different account.
You can now use multiple Discord clients and even sign into multiple different Discord accounts all on the same computer. There is no hard limit here either (other than your PCs resources) – so open as many clients as you need!
How to Launch Multiple Discord Clients in Linux
This solution will heavily depend on your desktop environment but the steps should be relatively similar.
/usr/share/applications and locate
discord.desktop file in a text editor and add
--multi-instance to the end of the
Launch Discord as many times as you please!