Today’s build introduces “Easy Setup”, which supersedes the previous “Customize Start Page”. It is not only a refreshed and redesigned view, but it also provides access to a handy, all-in-one setup panel for new or seasoned users to configure Opera’s features.

There are also switches that help customize the way Opera looks including themes, wallpapers, whether sidebar is pinned, etc. In addition, the most commonly accessed and modified settings are included. As in the previous version, at the very end, you will find a link to full settings.

It’s worth mentioning that some of the configurations from “Customize Start Page” are moved into Settings (Preferences on macOS) -> Browser -> Start page section. Items in the sidebar can be altered with context menu.

O-menu history improvements

Recently, we reorganized the O-menu to make it cleaner and more contextual. We also added list of recently closed tabs and windows in History menu item. Today’s build improves the way that list works.

The most notable change is that it is global. No matter from which window you will access the menu, it will contain the same list of tabs. This is especially useful when you know that you have closed a tab but can’t remember from which window.

Closed windows are now easier to spot. Closing the entire window with multiple – or even only one – tabs open will place all tabs as a single entry in the recently closed tabs page. For example, if you terminate 20 tabs, you can later reopen them all under “20 Tabs – Window”.

Refined private mode

Some months ago, we introduced to Opera a dark theme. Thanks to user feedback, we have improved the overall appearance of the browser in dark theme. We have now decided to adjusting the lighting for private browsing mode.

Our original appearance for private browsing was a bit harsh to our users’ eyes because of the very dark background color contrasting against the light tabs. Now, private mode appears more like light theme mode with an appropriately matched dark address bar. We feel this alteration is enough to signify you are now browsing in private mode (think that your URLs are hiding from trackers in the darkness of the address bar), and it should be easier on your eyes, as well.

Also, we changed the private browsing icon. The previous one, introduced in Opera Reborn, mistakenly suggested a reading mode had been activated. A faceless man with glasses and a hat will now welcome you to your private browsing session.

New private mode is available on Windows and Linux.

Also, we fixed some annoying issues such as Netflix not streaming our favorite shows and we introduced a couple of changes related to HiDPI screens. Here’s the highlight list:

  • Fixed issue with Netflix not playing videos.
  • Fixed crash when closing private window while websites are loading through VPN.
  • [Mac High Sierra] Fixed wrong tab position after drag and drop.
  • [Win] Render battery icon correctly when window is not maximized.
  • [HiDPI] Fix for attaching tab to window.
  • [HiDPI] Extension icons should be sharper.
  • [Win][HiDPI] Horizontal lines in menus should be sharper.
  • [Win][HiDPI] Search engine icons are sharper.
  • [Win7][HiDPI] Checkboxes are sharper.
  • [Win7][HiDPI] Fix for screen flashing when drag tab.

Chromium updated to 62.0.3188.4.

Check the changelog for the full report.

Installation links:

Maciej Kocemba

Product Manager, Opera for computers. Previously Product Manager in R&D department and Opera Mini for iOS. Joined Opera over 11 years ago. Still passionate about coding, mountain / road biking when not working.

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  • nanana1

    Nice easy setup improvement for this new Opera 49 Developer build !

  • L33t4opera

    Hi Maciej, thanks for the update, improvements, and fixes 😉
    At least! opera:flags#extension-browser-action-reordering (disabled by default) -
    it's nice to see this useful feature!

    • Hi,
      nicely spotted 🙂

      • filbo

        Is it truly the case now, that there are *no* flags which will prevent Opera from starting one process per tab at startup time? I have a session with ~50 tabs. Restart Opera, kaboom! 50 processes eating all my RAM. Now it’s true that I only have a paltry 16 gigabytes of RAM, but I occasionally have use for a few hundred megabytes of it for something other than Opera.

        I give this about a week to live, then I will be off to some other browser and probably won’t return.

  • Leonardo Gomes

    Opera is crashing here when trying to log in to Sync.

    • Ewa

      This is known issue, thanks

      • Mat M

        Could it be added to the post ? I was bitten hard by this :/

  • redfox

    Are there switches (keyb shortcuts) for:

    turning vpn on/off
    turning favicons inversion on/of
    sorting search engines?

    • No they’re not available, but we’re considering it. While we’re at this topic are there other features / actions that you (or anybody else) reading this would like to access through shortcut?

      1. vpn – makes sense, yes
      2. there’s no switch for that
      3. how would that work?

      • Nekomajin43

        1. It was asked by many users when you introduced the VPN feature.
        2. I told you what the problem is with the current implementation. If I owned a brand, I would definitely sue you for messing with my icon. The Vivaldi way is much better, but you said it’s not even an option.

      • PakSae

        sidebar pin / unpin, maybe seems like sidebar show/hide

        • You can do it already.
          On macOS there’s default ctrl+cmd+s
          On Windows and Linux that action has no default shortcut assigned, so you’re free to pick your own: Settings -> Browser -> Configure shortcuts then search for “sidebar”.

      • redfox

        ad 3: I mean sorting by name in the context menu – if you select a text and right click “search with…”. I have defined many custom search engines, but Opera sorts them chronologically, not alphabetically in the context menu. Really a mess.

        As I wrote here recently, there should be also a switch to enable or disable percent encoding of UTF-8 characters (RFC3986 https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3986#page-12 ), when performing a search with the context menu – search with…
        Many web servers do not accept these escape sequences in the URL, so the (context menu) search is not possible, only by re-entering the original UTF-8 search phrase manually into the target server’s search form.

        P.S. I would also like to have editable mouse gestures (at least mouse and rocker ones), like in the Chrome extension ‘smartUp Gestures’, which I use.

        • Nekomajin43

          I guess this option should be available in the search engine managing panel.

          • redfox


      • Mat M

        Not a shortcut, but being able to have a custom search engine as the default one for the address bar would be awesome.

      • Mat M

        Not a shortcut, but having the capability to set a custom search engine as default search for address bar would be awesome (sorry if double post)

  • Buthimild

    Any plans for reading tool? Just like Safari/Firefox (Reader View extension is not working very well 🙁 ).

    • No plans at the moment.

  • FluffyBoyo

    How about extending the dark mode UI onto all the back end settings pages. And then in time all the drop down and right click mouse context menus (with settings options). For a complete dark mode.

    And trying out tab bar kinetic mouse scrolling of tabs left and right, with full kinetic scrolling settings. For those of us who use 100-200+ tabs. Whizzing left and right along the tab bar like FF has, but with your own Opera flavour of doing things.

  • Urdu Direct

    Are there any plans to let users add any website on the side just like Vivaldi.

  • MadEddy

    I have 100% CPU time used on 4chan with 4chanX extension. the extension worked on all snapshots before. Disabling the extension seems to fix CPU use on this snapshot.

    • Thanks. We’ll have a look at it. Just to be clear it did work correctly with previous Opera 49 developer?

      • MadEddy

        Yes it did work with the previous snapshot, and I ruled out a problem with the extension itself because I have had the same version installed for a couple of weeks without having a problem before today’s snapshot.
        To reproduce it, it seems you have to open several threads (only one doesn’t trigger this behavior). See : https://imgur.com/a/a7tM3

        Edit : CPU time goes back to 0 once you have switched to the tab, it only seems to hog the CPU when they’re background tabs.

  • Alexander Stiven

    We need a tool that allows opening a file without save on the PC, as in Firefox.

  • iamtelephone

    Can we have a dark theme for the new private mode. It ruins the immersion to have a lighter theme forced for private mode.

    • Private mode is not a theme it’s a separate window which should be different from other windows no matter which theme you’re using. We did have lots of discussions internally and also looked how other do it. We decided to address the contrast problem, improve icon and make it clearly stand out from non-private window.

      • iamtelephone

        Honestly I’d be happy with it if you just kept the toolbar dark. The grey itself isn’t bad, but it just feels overwhelming when switching between a dark theme to the private mode.

        • I can imagine that happening, I’m a fan of dark theme as well (which is not default) and I do use (occasionally) private mode.

      • pauloaguia

        But if I open the Easy setup from Private mode, the theme option is still there… and I can, from a window in private mode, change the way the other windows look, but not the window where I’m making the change… kind of odd, to say the least.

        “Now, private mode appears more like light theme mode with an appropriately matched dark address bar. We feel this alteration is enough to signify you are now browsing in private mode (think that your URLs are hiding from trackers in the darkness of the address bar), and it should be easier on your eyes, as well.”
        Actually, since I use the Dark Theme, I think this went the other way around – now I always get a dark address bar, regardless if I’m on private mode or not (so I wouldn’t say that the black address bar is the feature to know when I’m on dark mode or not). But when going into private mode, I think that now it does indeed get harsh on the eyes because I’m going from this dark theme into this light grey one all of the sudden…
        Personally, for me, the icon is enough to know if I’m in private mode or not. Since the favicon is not used, that should be enough. If you want to keep it in line with other things in the browser, put the icon in front of the URL or something, like what you do with https or when using the VPN.

        • Good point with the theme selection option in private mode window. We’ll take it further tomorrow.

          Color changes will always appear as long as you switch between private and public window. Change between light (default) theme and private mode is pretty subtle. It’s much bigger as you pointed out between dark theme and private window. Still we believe that new version is better as contrast inside private window is easier for your eyes. Take a moment to check how the previous version looked. Big areas of very dark and light color were much too close. Some even mentioned that it looked like accessibility mode.

          Nevertheless as this is a new thing, we’ll keep an eye on comments.

          • pauloaguia

            Just one more thought on this: on my Android tablet, when I open a tab in private mode, Opera switches to this dark blue theme. I never thought much of it until now, with this recent change – why can’t all flavors of Opera be consistent? For me, that dark blue would be a lot better than this pale grey that you’ve introduced now…

  • Cryio

    God damn it, we’re 3 versions later and the Bookmark menu is *still misaligned* and you even highlight it via screenshot.

    • Which one you’re talking about? There are multiple visual issues fixed in this version already and more are in the pipeline. As much as we would like we can’t fix everything straight away 🙁

      • Nekomajin43

        This was also reported many times. Submenus are shifted left and down from their desired positions by a few pixels.

      • Cryio

        Ok, double checking your 2nd screenshot, the History menu section is misaligned.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          It seems OK to me, at least on the picture.

  • Nekomajin43

    This easy setup panel is plain stupid. If you want to help migration from other browsers, redirect the start page to the settings at the first launch, or just put a tile to the speed dial, which opens the settings. Why should someone have quick access to features that usually used once, like importing profiles or setting a browser as default? More than that, now we have a settings page, with a messy “browser” subpage, a “basic” subpage, and now a panel on the start page. This is ridiculous.

    • This panel will gain functionality in upcoming releases. This is the first version and we’re eager to see if some even basic functionality usage will increase. As for the selection of the options they may seen surprising for the advanced user as you, but when we do user tests with less tech-savy users they find those options being at hand very useful. They are also more confident with fiddling with various options in easy setup than in things found in settings. Time and numbers will teach us more. But we’re keeping a close eye on this topic.

      You mentioned the messiness in settings. You’re right. It’s a first step on a path to revisit settings. As you pointed out there are some duplications which could be avoided.

      • Nekomajin43

        The settings page needs a serious reorganization. Lot of subpages, only one category on each.

        But, back to the start page panel, it has to contain the settings of the start page, and the general appearance of the GUI. The BM bar switch, for example, is a good addition. But how many times do you toggle the adblocker (globally) or change the default download folder? Or why should you open a new tab and the settings panel to clear the browsing data, when you can find it in the O-menu?

        If you add more functions, it will be just even more messy. The best would be to reorganize the settings page, and add a tile to the speed dial to open the settings.

  • Nekomajin43

    You should implement removing/reordering to every element of the toolbar. Use cases:

    – For many of us, the start page button is useless, but it reserves valuable place.

    – Some people may want to move the stop/reload button to the right of the address bar, for example if they come from Firefox.

    – Some people may want to us a custom home page, and an extension like that can fit to the place of the current start page button.

    • That’s a topic discussed internally as well. It’s good that you provided some use-cases this helps raising (or sometimes) lowering priority of requests or fixes. In general that’s always the best way to raise request and provide ideas, we might end up with different use-cases and reasoning behind them 🙂

  • Der Herr Nick

    Unfortunately this annoying scrolling bug is still present:

    “Scrolling behaves unforeseen on Wikipedia (90’s video rental store mode?):
    1. Go to a random page
    2. Scroll down a bit
    3. Open an image
    4. Go back
    –> The WP page is scrolled back to its upmost position.

    Shouldn’t it rather jump to where I left?”

    Or is this actually intended?

  • Eugene B.

    Scrolling in the SD folder that contains lots of bookmarks is finally fixed! Thank you guys! 🙂

    • Glad you can see the improvement. Now switching to other bugs in fix-queue 🙂

  • x a

    Let me once more mention the change in the way colors are tinted: This is a screenshot of Opera 48.0.2679.0 on the left, Opera 49.0.2705.0 on the right, 64bit versions running under Windows 10 (Linux/64bit version not affected!), both.

    »» https://i.imgur.com/94iMx78.png

    You see it, too, don’t you?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      In your picture, yes. However in Opera I’m not seeing such difference in colors.

      • x a

        I use a GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics adapter, AMD FX-8350 CPU.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          I remember have read about some issues with AMD graphic cards. Does disabling hardware acceleration makes any difference?

          • x a

            You guessed right: Setting opera://settings/#gpumode “Use hardware acc when avail” to disabled, leads to normal colours.

            It’s an nvidia GPU, however…

            [Regression happend between dev builds 48.0.2679.0 and 49.0.2695.0.]

  • PakSae

    I have unchecked “Show available news feeds on address bar” option, but RSS icon can be seen there.

  • Balcis

    please focus on gestures sometime.

    • We’re aware of gesture request. But noted 🙂

      • Kai Ockendorf

        Any plans to bring back your unique gesture to scroll through tabs via right mouse click + scroll wheel? 🙂

        • It’s not included in the roadmap for O49, but it’s _not_ forgotten. There are lots floating requests, and we need to also pay attention to daily issues that appear whenever we update chromium.

          • Kai Ockendorf

            Thank you for the reply! I appreciate the hard work you guys doing for our beloved browser & glad it’s not forgotten. Maybe it’s something for an O50 celebration!? 😉

  • Biohazard

    Instagram not load.

    • Regnas

      It loads here, but the CPU usage is a little high…

  • MikeGav

    After today update to 49.0.2705.0 version, opera become consume 100% CPU
    OS Linux Fedora

    • MadEddy

      Are you using 4chanX ? 4chanX triggered that for me.

      • MikeGav

        No I not use 4chanX extension.
        My extension list:
        – Browsec VPN – Free and Unlimited VPN
        – SaveFrom.net helper
        And of course I use internal block ads

  • Ghirahim

    Why can’t I save jpg:large pictures from twitter? It’ so freaking annoying!

    • That’s not my common use-case, but I tried it out. Opened: https://twitter.com/opera/status/904963407132205058 then right click -> “Save Image As…” and the image got saved. It was pretty big image 🙂 It doesn’t work for you?

      Btw, I tried it on macOS 10.12.6 and Opera 49.0.2705.0.

      • Ghirahim

        It saves pictures as jpg_large and not jpg. You can’t open it. As I said, very annoying. Windows user here.

        • Thanks for additional information. I caught it, you can’t open the link I provided, you need to go to https://twitter.com/opera, then click on the first post which end up with the big image, then save it and I confirm I get the very weird file extension: jpg_large. We’ll look into this.

          • Ghirahim

            Thanks. Fix it, please.

  • pauloaguia

    On the Easy Setup, none of my recent animated wallpapers displays, I only see a triangle.

  • Regnas
    • If the problem still persists, please update the version number and system.
      I just checked it and I can’t reproduce on: macOS 10.12.6 and 49.0.2705.0.

      • Regnas

        I’m unable to edit that post…
        And yes, the problem still persists, dev v49.0.2705.0, Windows 10 creators..
        Perhaps it’s a Windows only problem…

        • Seems like it. I just did a quick test with Windows 7 and I could reproduce it.

          • Regnas


  • SiMcarD

    Problem with Adobe Flash on several sites.
    If I click nothing happens.

    • Thanks, we’ll look into this. Was it also like that in the previous version of Opera 49 developer? Asking because we’re running the latest chromium here and we can encounter weird problems and regressions.

      • SiMcarD

        No, this problem started in this build.

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      I can confirm this (test page: http://www.lustigestories.de/fun/videos/). Adobe Flash Player is not recognized.

      • Thanks…. Yay more stuff to fix.

      • SiMcarD

        Also http://www.speedtest.net/ that redirects me on the beta version site (without flash).

        • Can you check you flash configuration in settings? Which option is selected?

          • SiMcarD

            Uhmm..It’s curious.. I can only select “Ask first…” or “Block sites…” but not ” Click to play”

          • Recent changes from Chromium… Please fiddle with the setting and check you can manage to get it to work.

          • SiMcarD

            I tried both available options without success.
            The other one remains disabled.

            PS: I have already reinstalled flash.

          • Thanks for checking. We’ll investigate it further in the office.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      As a workaround you can add sites that need Flash as an exception.

      • SiMcarD

        It doesn’t even work.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          It was working for me. I will check again later.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          It seems to be working here. I have the option to block Flash on pages enabled and if I add a site as an exception, Flash loads on that page.

  • Izer0

    It seems like Opera users spend half of time by “customizing” instead of browsing, because Opera developer guys spend 99% of time by painting 🙁

    – tabs still unusable form advanced users (I am preparing detailed report about UI testing, because you probably don’t understand, how advanced users uses browser and how easy is to have 200 – 400 tabs)

    – bookmarks manager still slow and memory expensive with more than few bookmarks

    – stupid answer – if you do guys so much customization, why we can’t customize main window color and separator color to fix first problem and give users more power in customization? All you know is to change backgrounds on start page? Give us more options.

    • We don’t have stats to check how much time people spend customizing and changing things including wallpapers… But we can see it’s a popular thing to do 🙂

      – That report seems like a very nice thing to read. Are you planning to talk about Opera only or include other browsers as well? Will you include what is good / bad and how things can be improved from power user point of view? Perhaps you could use help of this community to get more insights and points of view (similar to what Nekomajin43 is doing with the survey about features).

      – You probably already provided a good use-case for that, can you repost it?

      – Options come at price. It doesn’t mean we’re always against them.

      • Izer0

        I will post it here. It is user-case from UX testing about how advanced users like I use browsers, it’s not important if Opera or something else. It is focused on poorly usable (visible) tabs, because this is big problem right now from v. 45 (I am still on 44). Some people (here) and probably guys from Opera don’t understand how somebody can reach 200 – 400 tabs and how important is to have good visible tabs in this case. And because I do UX testing for web sites and apps, read something about how much users uses back button, you will better understand your feedback data from Opera. (Do you think advanced user have enabled “spying” functions in Opera? Your data is not complete.)

        Price is low to fix tabs.

        Do you think your user will not like much more customization? 🙂 This is another small point – some users like I have problems with some colors, especially you do – low contrast and to shiny light theme and high contrast black theme. I have pain in my head while I am looking to it for a long time (and I am working with browser everyday long time as web developer). I have problem with this type of UI (shiny and high contrast) since my eye surgery. This is user-case you completely ignore. And there is lot of people with laser eye surgery that have problems with same (including night driving). Think about it.

        Bookmarks – with your focus on “nice look & feel” it will be hard to optimize it, I am working on my own native bookmark manager with missed functionality from old Opera. But you can still optimize it by removing buttons code from all divs and use one buttons code and JS better way (move buttons with JS). Some 500ms delay in search box handling will help also, because you are searching for only one letter (and while typing) and spend CPU time pointlessly, slowing search.

      • Izer0
  • Alexs

    Crash when clicking in bookmark bar on folder if has subfolder (new profile).

    OS : Siduction 64bit (based Debian/sid) /xfce

    I posting in developer forum but moderator must release this

    • Thanks. Bookmarks bar is a surprising source of issues…

    • Kornelia

      Thanks Alexs. It also crashes when clicking More Bookmarks icon. I will report this.

  • Юлия

    Private tabs look weird o.O https://i.imgur.com/wxFT1sB.png Please make them gray.

    Also the new speed dial customization pupup menu, how would I add back the + button in speed dial (assuming I would want that, I don’t want it, but still). At a quick glance I can’t seem to find it.

    • Perhaps it’s the matter of it being new. Give it some time.
      As mentioned above in the post, there’s a dedicated section in settings “start page” where you can configure things like “+” button, number of columns etc.

      • Юлия

        Oh, now I see the settings.

        Private windows chrome is an improvement over what you had before (was too contrasty) but generally private session is indicated by a darker shade. In this situation it is the opposite.

  • FluffyBoyo

    @xenon16k:disqus Any chance we can get an answer about these two suggestions below please. I keep asking for some dev/mod feedback.

    How about extending the dark mode UI onto all the back end settings pages. And then in time all the drop down and right click mouse context menus (with settings options). For a complete dark mode.

    Regarding tab bar (only)
    Am a user of 150-200+ tabs on the tab bar and as is they are tiny slithers to click on. If we had kinetic mouse wheel scrolling left and right similar to what FF has, then 200+ tabs will be perfect in Opera. It would be nice to see all those fav icons as one scrolls left and right.

    With full kinetic scrolling settings. For those of us who use 100-200+ tabs. Whizzing left and right along the tab bar like FF has, but with your own Opera flavour of doing things.

    • 1. First we need to do some overhaul of internal pages. They could use a bit of restyling and refresh. Theming would be next step. Later we might look into other UI elements, pop-up etc.

      2. That many tabs can lead to usability problems. We are aware of this case also it pops up here and on other channels. We’re discussing such use-cases internally quite a lot. “Overload” of items can be a problem not only in tabs, but also in bookmarks, SD etc. We haven’t said our last word 🙂

      • FluffyBoyo

        Thanks for the reply. I’ll still keep lobbying for these features every now and again.

        Most of us will already have plenty of ram these days to handle lots of open tabs. Personally I find it just easier to have them all open and go up and down the tab bar during the day loading the tabs I want to use and then unloading them with the extension ‘The Great Suspender’. Very good extension.

        Kinetic tab bar scrolling would work well here.

        Maybe you could add an option to ‘unload’ a tab. (right click tab and choose ‘Unload tab’ ?? You have delay background tab loading, so why not also unload tab when done. This would then help natively in opera with 200 +- tabs. Until then the extension ‘The Great Suspender’ seems a good option.

        And regarding dark mode UI on all settings pages. Thanks for clarifying what is going to happen. Dark settings pages when the dark mode UI is on has to be the next logical step to take towards a fully dark UI mode.

  • ChiHeng Lan

    The developer version cannot access some website like https://global.rakuten.com/en/

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Confirmed for this page with Opera and Google Chrome. No problems with Firefox and Vivaldi.

      • Lookso

        It looks like a problem with Chromium 61+. On Google Chrome with Chromium 60.0.3112.113 this site worked fine – before an update to 61.0.3163.79

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          Yes, I think the same.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      I can access that page here but the layout is messed up.

      • ChiHeng Lan

        I saw this situation, when I use Opera Beta.

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      In the new beta (http://get.opera.com/ftp/pub/opera-beta/48.0.2685.16/) it works. Also Flash works again.

  • bonifacio

    Hi. On my laptop openSUSE Tumblweed KDE (x64) this release is hard to use processor (>50%) and slowly. Downgrade to 49.0.2695.0 and it’s work well.

  • Rudric

    So Opera 49 will come without new stuff? Start Page config menu is mostly a face lift. Please consider at least 1) option to have start page items as circles (css) 2) access from start page to change start page item thumbs (text/pic/…).

    Other: i) unify the two sidebars (pls update us what’s the direction with the sidebars.. pls) ii) dark theme not so dark: Internal Opera pages, mostly bookmarks, news, history, sync, extensions, downloads and settings needs dark! iii) consider bringing back wallpaper possibility on bookmarks, history, settings etc. iiii) pin/unpin for bookmarks bar.

    • Opera 49 development cycle is not over yet.
      1) neon style? 🙂
      2) we’ll consider that

      i) we’ll get to that as well
      ii) internal pages are up for overhaul, theming will follow.
      iii) we can consider that in scope of ii)
      iiii) I’m not sure I follow.

      • Rudric

        Thanks Maciek! Certainly most kind of you to update us a bit on what’s looming <3

        iiii: Graphical open/close (pin/unpin) for bookmarks bar (to use with mouse/touch). Bookmarks bar truly is awesome but I never use because it takes screen space from sites and it's slow to open and close – trust me lot's of people rather mainly use the mouse.

        It would be so great that even when bookmarks bar is closed there would be graphic indicator (pin/unpin) on the UI to open it, and close it.

        Press CTRL + F / similar (roll into) view and there's an X to close Find Bar but not on Bookmarks Bar. But I stress that even when Bookmarks Bar is closed there should/could be a button (pin/unpin/open/close) in the UI to easily open it with mouse or touch.

        Maybe an extension could be possible right side of address bar pressing icon a pop-up would open where user could be able to "pin/unpin" (slide settings) to open and close sidebar and address bar?

      • Rudric

        Extension bar unified with Reborn sidebar. That perhaps might come into fruition by forking Sidebar API (merge) with Speed Dial API? I’m not sure though.

        On Navbar the three messengers could be stacked and always the most active would be on top (if vertical space becomes an issue).

        On Reborn sidebar the forked and merged Sidebar API could-would form a kind of a container/lattice/wicket to hold Sidebar API related extensions, either all ext icons inside the container vertically on the Reborn sidebar…

        (bear with me…)

        Or there could be just 1 icon dedicated to Sidebar API related extensions on the Reborn Navbar Sidebar. Clicking (hovering?) this 1 icon on the Sidebar would open a popup; a lattice/wicket holding all those extensions that the user has installed for Sidebar.

        (for a tad more…)

        Having all icons of enabled sidebar extensions visible at once (no grouping) would be the most ideal (usability wise, though no outline icons unless all ext-devs update to use outline icons 😀 :D) but vertical space could become an issue. Therefor:
        – Consider squeezing current and upcoming icons 7-10% smaller 😀
        – Consider merging bookmarks and history… under same (but tabbed) category
        – Consider merging bookmarks, history and downloads? (under same (but tabbed) category))
        – Consider web panel(s) feature (reduces need of user built sidebar extensions)
        – Consider split screen feature (reduces need of user built sidebar extensions)

        +++ web panel(s) and/or split screen feature reduces need to Tab Stack(!) (win-win :))

      • Kai Ockendorf

        Neon style? Yeah :)) bring as much as possible to the desktop version 🙂 to select the desktop wallpaper as a theme too please 🙂

  • Lay

    Please enable search box in the address bar on mac.

    • Is there anything wrong with the unified address bar and search?

      • Lay

        Nothing really wrong, I just don’t like it. I really like the separate design because I was a firefox user just 2 weeks ago and I like to configure Opera the same way.
        Also, since there is already an option in Windows and it’s something really basic I think that maybe it will be possible to make it in a small amount of time.
        Finally, I think it’s a good thing to separate search from address. When I want to search for an url (for example a url that now return 404, or I just want to get similar url) I don’t want the address bar to go to that url and I will just use the search box.

        I understand that many users are ok with unified address bar and search, but if you can add the option on mac my opera configuration will be perfect and I really appreciate that.
        If there is a reason why this is not possible I can survive of course.

  • Ariane Lu

    drag tab flash fixed, thanks.

    here is a new bug:

    reported as DNAWIZ-19802, not important but should fix in the future

    • Glad it’s fixed for you. Thanks for report I already moved it to HiDPI fix-queue.

    • Innocent like a virgin

      This may happen, when you come back late night from the party, haven’t slept too much, woke early, and sits down at your computer, in hope, that hangover will be gone by itself, like a bad dream, when you wake up 😉

      • Lookso

        hahah! you made my day! 😀

  • ga_pechorin

    i always have to complain about proxy management… i understand it is not something you could deal with everyday, but i have to work with them and their behaviuor is not good.
    – currently, in the last (ort the one before) release, the proxy password have not update, it always use my las password and ask with it everytime
    -i never know when to expect the proxy window, sometimes delay a long time before showing, and then it vanishes at the minor movement. i have to reload the page and expect to see it again and enter my password very quickly vefore it closes itself…

    i am sure these are not the only flaws there, but there are the most important to me. if you work behind a proxy you will see how bad it works on opera.

    pd. other browsers are not much better, but i expect nothing from them

    • Indeed that’s not a thing you would do every day. It’s not something we’re planning at the moment.

      > pd. other browsers are not much better, but i expect nothing from them

      • ga_pechorin

        well, at least chrome updates my password and i dont have to re-enter it everytime i switch the vpn… i guess i have to choose between enter my password tens of times a day or have a new button to change colors

  • Alex

    > Refined private mode

    Just a black address bar? Seriously? *facepalm*

    • Kornelia

      And new icon. Which was made for a reason: “The previous one, introduced in Opera Reborn, mistakenly suggested a reading mode had been activated.” Small changes can make a big difference.

      • Lookso

        But it’s not a big difference. Black background in tab bar was better and dark theme should be available and choosed by default when you open Private mode, ex. like it is on Google Chrome.

  • pepkin88

    This snapshot (maybe the previous one too) is unusable to me. Every process uses max CPU. I left this for a few hours and it didn’t calm down. My system is Windows 10 x64.
    How can I downgrade to some earlier Developer build? The earlier installers keep installing the newest one.

    Also, the option not to load tabs at startup is missing. It was in opera:flags, but I cannot find it there anymore. The only thing left is the option in the settings to delay loading tabs at the startup, which is not exactly what I need, as it will drain my RAM for tabs that I won’t use during that session.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      You can download the offline installer from Opera’s FTP and install it. You will need to to thee installation while offline and block auto-update otherwise Opera will update itself automatically.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      That flag was removed due to the end of the experiment.

      • Sevic

        And the flag should be made back into a proper option as was the case with the old Presto-based browser. Hell it was already a proper option in versions 23-40 when the #extended-lazy-session-loading experiment was disabled by default (they changed this to enabled in version 41) thus making the default behaviour of the “Delay loading of background tabs” option that of only loading when made active. There was simply no logical reason to remove the option in version 46 or even hide it back behind experiments in 41 and no reason why it shouldn’t be added back as a proper option, adding an extra option below delay loading for the extended lazy loading would have been a simple minute job and made much more sense.

        As it is now I’m using the last version 45 build to retain this option with the auto-updater file removed, and I find it utterly stupid and it really pisses me off when software forces auto-updating on you like Opera does with no built-in option to disable or manually control it for those like me who want control over when their software gets updated.

        • Nekomajin43


        • DS2902

          I fully support your statement.
          shit they did by removing this flag

    • patkoscsaba

      I think I have a workaround for the high CPU usage. See my post: http://disq.us/p/1lymwwz

  • nanana1

    The flag (opera://flags/#media-windows-mf-demuxer) has been removed in this Opera 49 Developer build for Windows (and still available for Mac) and so how to disable it if needed.

    One example why MFDemuxer needs to be turned off can be demonstrated on this webpage :


    The media cannot be played on Opera 49 Developer due to MFDemuxer being forced enabled, however, the media can be played on Opera 48.0.2679.0 with MFDemuxer disabled.

    On Windows 7 SP1 64-bit here

    • Hans Hansen

      Your example site works as it should in O49, I have no problem playing the media. Win10x64

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      I don’t know what should happen, but I can play the media file.

    • Юлия

      It plays here on Windows 7. I don’t have Flash installed at all, if it helps.

      Are you by any chance using the N version of Windows? Or did you disable Windows’s media features: https://i.imgur.com/qWLyv3I.png
      Filled box means that media features are enabled (even if all three its descendants are disabled) and maybe Opera relies on some system codecs. Purely guessing, not sure how Opera actually works.

  • patkoscsaba

    Very high CPU usage after startup unless I click all the tabs and wait for each to load. Reported as DNAWIZ-19813
    So if you have high CPU usage after the browser starts with a lot of tabs, just go over them one by one. I see this especially on Google sites (Keep, Music, Allo, Newsstand, Inbox)

    • DS2902

      I have the same problem.
      100% load of the Core i7. The computer freezes, you can not use it, you have to re-boot, because even the browser can not be closed.

  • Abdolahi

    i need multi profile like chrome
    please please bring this future to opera !

    • thekeyofdestiny13

      Yes and this same, and more customizable options for new sidebar.

  • thekeyofdestiny13

    Please, put us more customization options for this new sidebar, for example, when you press +, you put the app easier. like in Opera 12. Why have 2 sidebars, when enough to have only one main sidebar.

    • Rudric

      According to folks @ Opera the sidebars issue is on table..

      • Nekomajin43

        It has been, since February. 😉

        • Rudric

          Oh good grief

  • Herr Pietrus

    IMHO previous “dark” private mode was better. That black address bar is ugly.
    Simple settings – there are already simple settings. So… you introduce another one? What for?

  • Alberto

    Great news, but i really would like to unify both sidebars, (i really don’t understand for why is the “extension sidebar”, i only got 1 extension installed at the standard way and i don’t see it there, and more customization possibilities for the new sidebar, reorganize, uninstall the features that you don’t need/want, in my case for example, Facebook Messenger is useless, so i don’t like to have installed, knowing that i’m not gonna use it. Thanks as always for your hard work and your great product ^^.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      You need to install an extension that uses the extensions sidebar for that extension to appear there.

      • Alberto

        Ah, ok, thanks for the explanation ^^.

    • Rudric

      According to folks @ Opera the sidebars issue is on table… So most likely a resolution will come at some point.

  • Ghirahim

    Tab stacking? Any plans?

    • Rudric

      I’m afraid not – no plans for this year and most likely 2018 doesn’t look any better regarding tab stacking.

      Actually web panels and split screen features would decrease the need to stack tabs – so here’s hoping 🙂

      Although some kind of tab grouping would be great, but web panels, split screens and improved tab management (tab menu improvements and such as multi select tabs) would carry far to the future.

  • Leo Lozes

    Windows 10 with HiDPI screen here, the checkboxes are almost invisible (tiny). You can see it here for example: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/32043.

    • Przemek Kudła

      This is a know issue, work in progress, thanks anyway.

  • Rudric

    Dark theme: Contrast between active tab and unactive tab should be greater as those blend almost uniform when head/neck/back or monitor angle changes which causes pulling and janking monitor and head and… Takes time to focus eyes to which tab is active… Please do increase contrast? I’m on stable build btw.

  • beBoss

    Tabs are not synced…


    Warning: If you are using a lot of tabs (like me), don’t even try to download this version. It’s the killer for the RAM, CPU and system, in general. Not possible to use without crash or huge slowness (Win7x64).

    • Leonardo Gomes

      I see some high CPU usage while Opera is loading but after that it returns to normal. RAM usage seems normal here too. I’m on Windows 10.

      • PJMZR

        Definitely it’s the problem with this version of Opera Dev, on previous one everything works perfectly. What’s more, you can resolve this problem clicking all tabs, one by one, but I just don’t want to click 20+ times and wait until the tab start to load…. If you don’t do this then you struggle with huge slowness and crashes, all the time. If you open new tab with i.e. google or youtube, and you will try to write sth in searching bar, you have another freeze in Opera. Maybe it’s some new option or sth in settings (but I didn’t change them, and it’s so slow that I just don’t want to search, sorry). So I have to back to previous release. Cheers.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          I could see a high CPU usage with Youtube videos opened in background.

  • Nekomajin43

    Guys, I’d like to ask you to fill a survey to somehow quantify the feature requests: https://goo.gl/forms/RtwV9af9Ot3I7waB2

    We have passed 250 answers! Thanks for everyone who participated.

    Some features (bookmarks export, expanding the number of recently closed tabs in the tab menu) are landed in th stable branch. Others (unit converter, screen capture tool) are already being developed. (They will be removed from the list once they reach the stable branch.)

    Loading pinned tabs from previous session in startup is new on the list. If you have already submitted your votes, just open the link again, and you can vote for the new additions.

    I know it’s not representative, but it may help to show the trends and the top most wanted features. We’ve got some positive words from the devs, no promises though.

    If you find anything missing from the list, please comment here or in the forum: https://forums.opera.com/discussion/1883544/opera-browser-feature-survey

  • Regnas

    Hello opera, I’m unable to choose click to play for the flash player… When I go to sites running flash the browser doesn’t even ask to play flash content, so I can’t run flash at all..

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Known issue. As a workaround you can add the page as an exception.

      • Regnas

        That’s what I did….

  • Юлия

    Opera Dev installer extracts the files with wrong permissions, I think. Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/lhTS4Iy.png
    Not sure what that padlock near the file icon means, but Opera stable does not behave like this.

    To reproduce, simply do a portable installation in “C:/Users/your_username/Desktop/” folder.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      I couldn’t reproduce it here. I’ve just ran the portable installer and got an Opera folder in my desktop with no padlocks on any files.

    • babylongreece

      The padlock is your Window issue, not opera. It mean you locked your files and folder

  • L33t4opera

    New build – Opera developer 49.0.2711.0 😉

  • Erik de la cerda andrade

    opera help (F1) doesn’t work URL bar show http://help.opera.com/?p=,
    sometimes doesn’t open random pages (The connection has been restored.)
    and the ad block speed test is wrong sometimes or opera ad block doesn’t works (on w3schools page).
    opera developer 49.0.2711.0,
    i submit feedback

  • Altin Guberi

    Nice one

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  • Gemini Maher

    how to active private browsing???

  • pereiracolombia

    Cuàndo tendremos respeto los que hablamos otros idiomas, quiero sugerir que no a todo el mundo no tien en cuidado el inglés, algunos lo doiamos!

    • Dash

      Parece que el español tampoco lo llevas bien, eh.

  • pereiracolombia

    Muchos en el mundo odiamos el inglés, para quede bien claro!

    • Dash

      No es su problema, es el tuyo xDDDD Así que aguántate, listillo

  • JB Cancer

    Deberia haber una pagina para la gente de habla ispana que somo muchos