Install and use multiple versions of Crossover on Mac.

In most cases, we recommend that customers use only one version of CrossOver Office (or CrossOver Games).

But, sometimes the need arises to have two. Note that setting this up is completely unsupported

Getting more than one copy of CrossOver on the Mac is somewhat easy, but comes with some warnings. Some versions of CrossOver will alter the bottle to a state that it may no longer work. If you are planning to run more than one copy at a time we HIGHLY recommend keeping an archived version of the working bottle.

In 'Applications' change the name of your first install of CrossOver to reflect the version you are running.

  1. 'Right' click the CrossOver icon and select 'Get Info'
  2. Under 'Name & Extension:' alter the name of CrossOver (to something like
  3. Verify that your application still launches
  4. Install the new version of CrossOver

Please note that the new version of CrossOver will be the default name of '', so if you decide to install an updated version of CrossOver, it too will install here and the changes you make below will be overwritten. The altered version will remain untouched.

The above was the easy part.

It's very important to understand that the old install for this example is referred to as 'CrossOver8' and the new install is referred to as 'CrossOver'

In a "Finder" window, go to the 'CrossOver8' icon located in 'Applications'

Right click on the icon and select 'Show Package Contents'

Open the CrossOver.conf file with a text editor:


Find the "BottleDefaults" section and add to it so that it looks like this:

[BottleDefaults] [EnvironmentVariables] "CX_BOTTLE_PATH"="/Users/{USER}/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/OtherBottles"
or something similar, basically, you are creating a new place for your new version of CrossOver to look for and create bottles in. Note that "{USER}" is a stand-in for your actual user account name.

Save your changes.

Launch CrossOver8. It should report that no applications are installed.
Last modified on 2012-05-22 16:53:00 by Jack Phinney
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