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Old 06-08-2018, 01:11 PM   #1
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Different Calibre Versions

I suggested this in Bugs, but I am sure it will be shot down and suggested to find someone to help, if not being told that it is impossible to do.

So, I am going to throw this out and see if it sticks.

Is there a way to set up Calibre so that it has the equivalent of different "versions" or setups on a single user account?

In my mind I would see it as being multiple appdata folders that work with one setup.

It sounds pretty simple, but I am not going to fool myself into thinking it wouldn't be a major undertaking.

The desired goal would be to have a quick switch feature that would allow users to move between the versions, not unlike moving between libraries. The versions would run on the same Calibre program, but independently of each other.

Being able to have different setups, with different preferences, tweaks, plugins, etc. would save from having to create multiple user accounts on the same computer to do the same thing.

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Old 06-08-2018, 02:25 PM   #2
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Plug a handful of fast USB drives into a Windows 10 pc's USB hub, install Calibre Portable on each USB separately, put shortcuts to each Calibre on your Desktop, then go from there.
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:14 PM   #3
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Plug a handful of fast USB drives into a Windows 10 pc's USB hub, install Calibre Portable on each USB separately, put shortcuts to each Calibre on your Desktop, then go from there.
You can quite happily install Calibre Portable multiple times on the local hard drive to achieve the same result.
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You can quite happily install Calibre Portable multiple times on the local hard drive to achieve the same result.


@Rellwood - if you want the same libraries to be available in multiple calibre portable installation folders put them in a regular folder, e.g. C:\Users\{username}\Ebooks\, then create symbolic links to them in the calibre portable installation folders.

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calibre portable is for sure the easiest way to do what was requested.

An other way is to work with calibre's environment variables and a start script / batch file for staring calibre:
https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/customize.html
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Yes. It should be pretty easy to add some commands to the script for starting calibre to copy some configuration files back an forth. Fetch them when starting and saving them (if changed) when calibre quit. And have different scripts for different configurations. And some semaphore system to ensure only one instance of calibre is run.

I changed my calibre start script to make a snapshot copy of my calibre library every time I exit calibre, using rsync. Only changes are saved, so it is usually very fast and takes little room.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=244228

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@all,

I just cam\e back to this posting and was quite happy to see these responses. I totally forgot about Calibre Portable. I have a few extra flash drives that could easily do this.

Thanks!
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@Rellwood - you can install multiple Portables on a regular disk by installing them into different directories.
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