I'm new to Lubuntu. In Windows 7, I could right click the pinned Firefox icon and an option saying "Start Firefox in private mode" would be shown. Is there something similar for Lubuntu?

What I'm doing is running $ firefox -private in the terminal. But I'd prefer to have a shortcut or another way that doesn't need to keep the terminal opened, waiting for me to stop using Firefox.

How can I have a button/shortcut where I'll simply click and open a private session of Firefox without opening a normal session of Firefox first?

(I do not want to make the private mode the default behaviour. That is, I want Firefox to open by default in normal mode, but sometimes I want be able to start Firefox only in private mode)

Reason for Why I want this: I have many opened tabs in Firefox and when I close Firefox, they are saved and open again automatically when I start Firefox in normal mode. But sometimes I'm in a hurry and just want to search one thing, that's when I don't want Firefox to open all these tabs (my computer is old), and starting it in private mode allows me to only search for the thing I want and then close Firefox without losing the stored tabs. I don't want to save them all to bookmarks, because they change a lot and therefore I'd need to store and delete them all the time. Allowing Firefox to save them automatically is less of a hassle, and opening only in private mode avoids this problem.

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    Have you tried firefox -private & exit? That should close the terminal after starting the browser. Also, have you considered using multiple browser profiles? – dsstorefile1 Apr 21 '18 at 6:43
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    @dsstorefile That makes for an answer if you ask me – maybe with links to developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox/Multiple_profiles and support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/…. – dessert Apr 21 '18 at 7:32
  • Thank you for all the infos! Creating different profiles would be kind of cumbersome, if I (un)install an addon in one I'd have to keep track of it in the other etc. It's easier to have just one profile. @dsstorefile Perfect! I didn't know I could exit after calling Firefox! I thought I needed to wait for it to be closed first. This a great answer – flen Apr 22 '18 at 8:39
  • In those cases in terminal you can: Press Ctrl+z to suspend the current foreground job and then execute bg to make that command to execute in background. – Pablo Bianchi Dec 28 '18 at 3:05
cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop \

add --private-window to Exec=

add Incognito to Name=

you should now have a new launcher icon


Go to 'Menu', choose 'Internet' & right click on Firefox, choose 'Properties' and edit the'Desktop entry' as: firefox %u --private-window. Firefox will now open a private window by default..

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