2. In Terminal run the first Skype Instance
Type in Terminal:
3. Run Second Skype instance
In older Skype Mac OS versions, I read the
Skype command option was there and could be used to run a second parallel skype instance on Mac, however in newer releases this option was removed and if you try to invoke it warning window pops up saying an instance is already running.
To get around the issue and run the second Skype, quickest way is to run another Skype client under privileged user through sudo command (this is unsecure – but anyways as Mac OS is proprietary and we don't have access to code and probably there are tons of spy and report software integrated into the OS, it doesn't really matter.)
4. Script it into 2nd_skype.sh for later use
To run and use two parallel skypes regularly it might be useful to make shell script out of it and place it somewhere, 2nd_skype.sh script should be something like:
Then make the script executable with:
chmod a+x 2nd_skype.sh
5. Run more than 2 Skypes (Run multiple Skypes on same Mac PC hack)
There is another "hack" method with deleting the Skype.pid (Process ID). Skype recognize where it is running by checking its Skype.pid on start up.
Deleting the pid after each next Skype client launch, allow the user to run as many Skypes as you want on Mac OS X but it is not clear for how long it time it will work.
rm -f ~/Library/Application Support/Skype/Skype.pid
Then launch again Skype in background from Mac Terminal
open -nW '/Application/Skype.app' &
In case if you wonder why the open command is used, since above line could be run also directly and Skype will pop-up, by using open command you instruct the program to detach itself from Terminal from which it run, so later if Terminal is closed Skype app. will not terminate.
Another approach is to create, a many users lets say 5 users and use the Skype sudo run method each client with a separate user.
sudo user1 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype
sudo user2 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype
sudo user3 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype
sudo user4 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype
sudo user5 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype
I enclose the script with the custom icon (Skype) ready to be launched and Voila, on script launch Skype multiple login prompts pops up.
For the lazy ones who don't want to tamper with writting scripts or doing hacks to run Skype multiple times on Mac there is even a Multi Skype Launcher app for Mac.