Today, we are sharing with you yet another feature to try out in the developer channel for Opera for computers.

We are the first major browser to include a dedicated power saving mode, designed to extend your laptop battery life by up to 50% compared with, for example, Google Chrome. Depending on your type of hardware, it can mean several hours more browsing before you need to recharge your laptop.

Power Saving desktop browser fast battery save laptop Opera

Fear of running out of battery

Running out of battery is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to you while browsing. Whether you are traveling, watching videos, or you have just left your charger behind, the icon showing that your battery is dying is something none of us really want to see when we have important things to do online.

Luckily, since people spend almost all their time in their web browser and relatively speaking little time in other desktop applications, this is something we can do something about. Some months ago, we asked our browser engine team to start tuning Opera in order to give people people more hours of browsing when on the move.

Getting started with power saving

It’s easy to use the the new power saving mode. Once the laptop’s power cable is unplugged, the battery icon will appear next to the search and address field in the Opera browser. Click the battery icon to activate the power saving mode and flip on the switch.
The browser will also suggest you enable power saving mode when your laptop reaches 20% remaining battery capacity.

We made several under-the-hood optimizations to deliver these savings:

  • Reduced activity in background tabs
  • Waking CPU less often due to more optimal scheduling of JavaScript timers
  • Automatically pausing unused plug-ins
  • Reduced frame rate to 30 frames per second
  • Tuning video-playback parameters and forcing usage of hardware accelerated video codecs
  • Paused animations of browser themes

We believe these optimizations provide nice savings for you without compromising the speed and functionality you expect.


Battery savings for real-life browsing

Researching battery life is a typical “your mileage may vary” problem. However, we wanted to end up with a solution that would improve your daily laptop experience and not be something that works only in clean lab conditions.

We started by studying how our laptop users interact with the browser, which inspired us to create benchmarks that resemble real-life usage. Unlike speed benchmarks, there is quite a lot idle time and background activity. And, surprisingly, you can save a lot of energy from optimizing those states. Modern processors do an amazing job in saving power by taking tiny naps multiple times per second, and what our development team focused on was writing code that would wake them up as infrequently as possible.

Once we developed the set of optimizations included in this release, we began testing them in an as isolated way as possible using a telemetry framework. It is a great tool that can tell you how many miliwatthours your browser used in the test scenario. But, how could we convert electrical units into something more meaningful in our daily life – saved time?

So, we started doing full battery discharge tests on devices that we use daily. After a day or two, we ended up with lots of seemingly random data. Display backlight level, distance to Wi-Fi access point, antivirus software, system updates, other applications and even a forgotten driver for a motorcycle helmet headset – they can all significantly contribute to power usage. It took us quite some time to normalize our test environments, but still the challenge was to be able to repeat the tests multiple times in order to get statistically meaningful results. Draining battery fully takes time, recharging takes time as well. Therefore, we have been working on estimating battery lifetime from shorter tests that we can do now with a pretty high degree of confidence. The only tedious thing left was to actually plug in and plug out the charger, but, hey, show me an engineer who wouldn’t love to hack with some home automation systems?

Up to 50% more time browsing

The results from testing the power saving feature in this developer release show very promising results. In our test, designed to reflect the way people use browsers in real life, the latest Opera developer version was able to run 50% longer than browsers like Google Chrome on a laptop running Windows 10, 64-bit.

Opera Power saver longer battery, save, fast, browser, Chrome

The power saving mode results used in this posts were actually done on a Lenovo X250, Core i7-5600U, 16GB RAM and Dell XPS 13, 16GB RAM running on Windows 10, 64-bit, high-performance power mode. We used Selenium WebDriver loading 11 popular websites including YouTube. Each page was opened in separate tab, without closing previous ones, and was scrolled 5 times, then left alone for a minute. The test was repeated until the laptop ran out of battery completely. While testing the battery life with the power saving mode enabled, the ad blocker was on, too.

Changes to browser VPN

In addition to the power saving mode, we have worked on improving the browser VPN experience. After the initial developer release of the integrated VPN feature in our Opera browser, we got tons of positive feedback and suggestions from you. One of the most common requests we heard was to to make it easier to browse with some websites in VPN mode, while at the same time keep browsing other websites with VPN turned OFF . We also realized many people really wanted to use our browser VPN in combination with private browsing. So, we have changed the VPN feature to be part of our private browsing mode.

Opera VPN - private mode, browser, privacy, best

We believe that with this change, our browser VPN features provides even better privacy for users. Moreover, we wanted to make it easier to discover for new and existing users, therefore the VPN badge is always visible in the private window.

Additionally, in the first release for VPN, there was an issue where your original IP could be found by the webpage through establishing an WebRTC connection. We have resolved this by deactivating WebRTC when in VPN mode.

Thank you for all the feedback!

Your input is very important for us to release new features as soon as possible. Please continue your great work!

Installation links:

Changelog: Full changelog link

Paweł Miniewicz

VP Engineering, Services. Been hacking with Opera Mini and Turbo servers most of my time at Opera. Currently privileged to work on performance with Opera's engine team.

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  • iamtelephone

    The changelog link is invalid.

    • Kornelia


  • Zero Kiryu

    Why did you move VPN to work only in private windows?? I want to use it in non-private mode too!

    • We continue to improve VPN. So more news will come.

      • Zero Kiryu

        Maybe you could make a tickbox in settings to force start Opera in private mode? That would be very very useful

      • redfox

        The solution you used this time is not acceptable.
        The VPN should be available in all tabs/windows, not only in the private ones. If you plan allowing users to set their individual server security (VPN) preferences, it could me made available via a custom server list in the options or a toolbar button.
        Many sites I access through VPN use cookies from previous sessions, which I need – so browsing in private mode is not suitable.
        I have to keep the older 38.0.2213.0 version.

      • Flavoi

        Imho you shouldn’t focus too much on the fastest way to deliver a functionality. Please take your time to find what you think is the best solution and then release it to the public stream 🙂

    • redfox

      You are absolutely right!

  • iYuzver

    I want stable 38!

  • Red Shuheart

    Is there any downside to using saving mode on desktop?

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      We’ve been trying to bring as little side effects as possible and I’ve been using our early version for quite some time without any issues.
      What you might experience is that you might get notifications from background tabs delayed few seconds. In your foreground tab you might sometimes notice minor delay in animations.
      Please test how it works for you – it is really safe – and tell us how do you like it and how much you managed to save. We are still working on the feature and looking for your feedback!

      • Vux777

        tab hibernation, that was deprecated, would fit into this power saving feature and improve stats even more
        as a part of it, or as separate feature
        I still don’t understand why Opera ditch it

    • redfox

      I think the power saving should have an option to be disabled completely in the preferences, if you use a desktop PC, not a notebook.

      • Paweł Miniewicz

        Thanks for feedback. We will consider that. Currently, the whole feature is active (ready to be used) even on PC, but the mode is not turned on until you select “Always show power saving icon” in Preferences and then manually enable that.
        However, you can use the mode even on PC with AC power as a “cool down” mode. It can help your system be more responsive if you have eg many tabs open.

  • Sam

    About your methodology: how big is the battery savings without the ad-blocker enabled? I have no doubt you’ve made something very useful here, but after carefully eliminating as much environment variables as possible, you go and enable the ad blocker (which is I assume is not installed for the other browsers). This is kind of a big flaw in the experiment since you’re not loading large parts of the page. A lot of people will criticize this and ignore the results because of it. It would be much more interesting if you repeat the benchmark with, and without ad blocker.

    • Our goal is to build browser, which is fast and runs longer on the battery.
      Is that fair enough?

      • Sam

        Yep, absolutely! Again, there is no doubt you’ve made a great thing. But if you’re going to do statistics to compare things, you need to do them right, otherwise they are meaningless. There are big flaws in the methodology and people (including news agencies) will dismiss the impressive results because of it. A proper test (with + without ad blocker, also including Firefox and Edge) would probably show similar results. Even if the ad-blocker is contributing some percentage of the battery savings: Good, now it not only blocks ads, but also saves battery life.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Hi Sam,
      That is a valid point. This is very early preview and we were eager to show you full power of Opera solution (you get that out of the box without any extensions), so we used one of the first results we managed to verify.
      We keep on testing and towards stable release we will be able to show you more data.
      It is true that adblock help, because browser has simply less to do, but other components of power saving mode also play significant part. It actually really depends on the set of pages you are browsing.
      We are also looking into technologies that would reduce unnecessary activity of ads for people who prefer to not use ad blocker, so stay tuned. Also please notice that we always give you control upon the feature.
      Please give it a try and tell us what you think 🙂

      • Sam

        It would be great to see (when O38 is released) to see the marketing/press material being backed up by hard science 🙂 It’s difficult, but very rewarding.

        Thank you for this feature!

  • iYuzver

    VPN isn’t shown on the panel in the usual mode any more? It is bad!!!!!
    “One of the most common requests we heard was to to make it easier to browse with some websites in VPN mode, while at the same time keep browsing other websites with VPN turned OFF .”

    I want this.(( Control about an opportunity to add to the list the website on which automatically joins vpn. The state in Russia has turned on the censorship car. Many websites are blocked.

    • Licaon_Kter

      Yes, you can only enable the VPN in Private windows, yes it’s bad for your cookies and logins, you know the drill “the next version will have….”

      • redfox

        For example:
        No cookies from previous sessions,
        You have to open a new private window, although you only use tabs,
        If you start Opera and forget switching to private mode, all data will be transmitted with no encryption…
        It was really a bad idea from Opera team now, as I wrote below.

        • Thanks, @disqus_LjBtcS4imP:disqus, for the feedback.

          • redfox

            You are welcome.

          • Nekomajin43

            It MUST be similar to the content settings.

  • KarenArzumanyan

    1) You can make the vpn to work through a proxy?
    2) Stops working “Proxy SwitchyOmega” extantion. And it is impossible turn it on.

  • helsten2

    Hmm, with VPN enabled, everything is slooooow … pages take a long time to load, cannot stream anything…
    It worked really well in the previous snapshot.

    • Well, that weird, because we added many more servers. Where are you from and what country server do you use?

      • redfox

        Which ones? I have still only 2 for Germany, and one of them is very laggy (

      • helsten2

        I am in Norway. Tried USA and Netherlands. Could not stream from (too slow …). Worked perfect in previous snapshot.

        I just tried again, and it is better now. I could stream from Pages load, but still pretty slow (in previous snapshot you hardly noticed that VPN was enabled).

        • redfox

          The VPN feature is mainly intended for securing public internet connections and bypassing geographic restrictions, not to streaming and other high bandwidth usage. If more people start using it that way, the Opera team will have to restrict the connection speed, to keep the service for free.

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        I remember, there was Singapore or something added in the last build. But this is gone now. I see only Germany, Netherlands, Kanada and USA.

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    What’s that? I can not switch any open website to VPN mode anymore? First I have to open a private window and do everything there? The last version was easier.

    • Aneta Reluga

      Yup, easier for some people and harder to others. There are people who wanted to use the VPN feature only for a subset of pages, and currently the safest and quickest implementation to cater to these needs was to implement VPN only in the private mode.
      There will be improvements of this feature though, so stay tuned.

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        And don’t forget the keyboard shortcut, please. CTRL-ALT-V.

    • Krzysiek Drozdowski

      I am as dissapointed as you are. I want to use VPN all the time. I use my browser with a set of pinned tabs opening when it starts. Now, not only do I have to open the browser, then open the private session, but also I have to open the four sites each time I start the browser? Inconvenient, to say the least. Also, if you want to turn VPN off, all you have had to to was click in the address bar and use the switch. Was it really that hard?

  • shane

    > While testing the battery life with the power saving mode enabled, the ad blocker was on, too.

    Surely that is the main reason for the increased battery life.

    Did you test how long it lasts without battery saving mode + ad blocking enabled? That would be a more useful comparison. As it stands those figures are pretty pointless.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Thanks for feedback. The savings here are from all the features working together, and not just due to the native ad blocker. We will consider a breakdown for later posts as we progress towards final release.

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    I have the same problem I have already described in an older version:
    After installing (updating) Opera as standalone (USB) version I have to tell Windows 10×64 in the settings, that Opera is the standard browser. Ok. But then Opera is also standard program/app for PDF files, even I have disabled Chrome PDF viewer and all other viewers in opera:plugins. Opera is a browser and should not be a standard program for PDF files outside of the browser.

  • Andrew Frazier

    With the VPN enabled it doesn’t seem possible to access sites running on the local machine (I have WAMP set up for testing sites I build).

  • DS2902

    You have done a very bad thing. Return the VPN to not private tabs .

    • redfox

      I think the reason they did that was to save VPN server bandwidth.

      • DS2902

        I think so. But this is a very bad idea . But it would be better to make it possible to start a VPN for separate sites . This would give the same effect.

  • redfox

    Please make an entry in the preference to disable main browser updates (but keep other settings updates). Opera updates itself without permissions, so I always have to revert to the older version manually (or block the update in the firewall). Thanks

  • kapsi

    Wow, Opera is on fire lately, with all these features.

  • Cryio

    Opera quite likes being in the headlines lately.

  • Vikruntasas

    The moving of VPN services to Private Tabs only was a bad idea.

  • bqpd

    This VPN change is so annoying, can I undo the update to get the former dev version back, where VPN is still a regular feature without private mode?
    As a suggestion for the next update, just give users an option in the preferences, like “Do you want to start every tab with a VPN connection Yes/No”.

    And if you worried about too much traffic being caused if you make it “too easy” to use this new feature – pardon my french, but then you just shouldn’t introduce the feature in the first place. I was already recommending Opera to all my friends, as “the next big thing” to look out for, with this VPN as a “killer application” type of feature. I guess I’ll have to recall that as a mistake now and tell people to stick with Chrome/Firefox..?!

    • Aneta Reluga

      Thanks for the feedback. Note though that it is still a developer – things will improve over time.

    • redfox

      You can download the older version 2213 from the Opera archive
      To avoid the browser autoupdate, you can either:
      1) Search for a folder named “CProgram FilesOpera developer” (in Windows Temp folder) and set the folder security permissions to read-only, or
      2) Set a firewall rule for opera_autoupdate.exe – block outgoing connections to port 80.

  • aleroot

    You should compare this new feature against latest safari on a macbook. Against Google Chrome is a too simple win …

  • L33t4opera

    Hi Paweł, thanks for the article, and congrats to the Developers on the first Opera developer 39, this is a pretty neat build 😉

    New flags:
    – opera:flags#power-save-mode
    If the browser is running on battery, the browser will try to minimise power consumption at the expense of performance.

    – opera:flags#start-page-search-improvements
    Changes the start page search to be shorter, font-size bigger and highlights suggestions.

    – opera:flags#enable-ignition
    Enable V8 to use the experimental Ignition interpreter for JavaScript execution.

    – opera:flags/#enable-webrtc-ecdsa
    When enabled, WebRTC will use ECDSA certificates.
    – opera:flags#disallow-doc-written-script-loads
    Disallow fetches for third-party parser-blocking scripts inserted into the main frame via document.write.

    The #proxy-switcher flag has been renamed to #browser-vpn.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Hi @L33t4opera:disqus !
      Thanks for following our releases so closely. Stay tuned for even more 🙂

  • qwerzaq

    full of happiness , you must :
    block element on the page manually .
    and a filter list by region and automatic auto update filter lists:

    block element on the page manually:


    after : block element on the page manually

    note this advertisement is not removed even if the list of regions have
    RU AdList and EasyList:
    Here are some lists , but advertising did not go away until you manually lock uBlock Origin:

    I look forward to these two functions in AdBlock, I hope it is to appear in the Dev version of the browser will soon
    Thank you for your work

    sorry for my English


    для полного счастья, Нужно:
    заблокировать элемент на странице вручную.
    и список фильтров по регионам и автоматическое авто обновления списков фильтров :

    заблокировать элемент на странице вручную:


    после: заблокировать элемент на странице вручную

    примечание это рекламе не убирается даже если в списке регионов есть
    RU AdList и EasyList:
    вот какие списки стоят, но реклама не уходило, пока не заблокировал вручную uBlock Origin:

    жду с нетерпением этих двух функций в AdBlock, надеюсь это появиться в Dev версии browser скоро
    спасибо за ваши труды

    извините за мой английский

    • Alex Wazovskiy

      У меня картинки не грузятся / Images won’t loading for me.

      • qwerzaq

        updated image thanks

        обновил изображения спасибо

    • Condar

      Ну использовать радикал это уже моветон!!!
      Используйте другой сервис.
      И да картинок нетю

      • qwerzaq

        обновил изображения спасибо

        updated image thanks

  • Alex Wazovskiy

    I am here just to say +1 to comments about moving VPN to privacy mode is bad idea.

  • NoName

    “Once the laptop’s power cable is unplugged”

    I also want to lower my power usage when the laptop is plugged in, while it’s charging. The button should only disappear when the laptop is fully charged (note that some laptops does not charge up to 100% on purpose).

    As a power user, I would also like to adjust which power-saving features I want enabled. 30 FPS can be a hassle if you are developing some CSS animation for instance, but still want the other saving benefits.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Please go to Preferences and set “Always show power saving icon” to enabled to be able to do that.

      Currently it would be quite complex to allow individual bits to be settable independently, but please follow how the feature is evolving, we haven’t said last word yet 🙂

      • NoName

        I didn’t know it was available in Preferences, thanks!
        But it would still be nice, if it could disable itself when fully charged (but still enabled while charging), so I don’t have to manually adjust it. Just an idea.

        I don’t see how it would be complex to allow individual settings, it’s just more checkboxes/booleans. Sure, some of them might be joined together, so they are under the same category to enable/disable.
        However, it would most likely not look pretty in the UI. That’s why I suggest that it’s a power user setting.
        It’s not a big issue, just a “nice to have” addition.

  • Condar

    make normal. open and close them immediately

    made 1 and/or 2 and/or 3 and/or 4
    1) add search tags (left column) “disabled” “default” “enabled” “hidden” (these below)
    2) to make all uniformly – all drop-down list (why “enable” and “disable”)?
    3) Make a visual display settings (to eyes clung) – “disabled” – red frame, pale red background; “enabled” – green frame, a pale green background; “Default” – a yellow frame, a pale yellow background
    4) add a tick “no show” (“hide”)

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Still pages crash when I switch forward and backward on pages with many or big images or move them.
    Operax64 standalone
    HWA switched on

  • Stephen Camidge

    I request that you make available usage of VPN on regular tabs – otherwise back to
    Ghostery etc. This and adblocking are the only reasons I am currently testing Opera.

    I also recommend an option to have Power Saver come on by default. Now with a privacy window, we have to turn it on.

    Options are good – one reason to switch to Vivaldi.

    However, I like the VPN, adblocking (but need to block ads specifically where the built in blocker does not, so Adguard stays) and power save concepts.

    Thank you.

  • I agree. There’s absolutely no need to make VPN private only. I want to be able to test and browse while logged in on my main accounts. I’d like to be able to revisit my browsing history, and without having to log in every single time. Please make VPN available on normal mode again.

  • Юлия

    What if I want to enable power saver while my laptop is connected to the charger, or even connected without a battery in? I assume that should limit Opera’s CPU usage which should result in lower heat output. That’s something that I’d like.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      We have thought about your use case 🙂 There is “Always show power saving icon” entry in Preferences.

      • Юлия

        Thanks 🙂 I did not notice that.

    • AirieFenix

      Reading some comments, apparently you could set the battery icon always visible and just click it to turn it on permanently.

  • Great Dude

    Thank you for all these additions: VPN,Power Saving and ad-blocker
    Your work is amazing

  • redfox

    Please, what are the correct commands for moving to the top and bottom of a page? I tried to add “GoToTop” and “GoToEnd” as custom keyb. shortcuts directly into the “preferences” file in the Opera user profile folder, but it had no effect. Thanks.

    • Wando Schneider

      HOME and END? 🙂

      • redfox

        Stupid answer 😛 The location of Home and End keys on the keyboard is very unpractical – far from the left hand, so I want to remap it in Opera to something more usable like F1/2. The best would be setting custom mouse gestures (U and D) like in O12, but this is far away from the current Opera’s implementation plans.

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          No stupid answer and it is correct. And very easy. Sorry if you have only one hand. And by the way: “U” is also far away from the left hand. Or you have to buy a new keyboard.

          • redfox

            U means a mouse gesture for UP, not a key. Can’t you read, what I wrote?

          • Ralf Brinkmann

            That’s nonsense as long as there are already two perfectly working keys on your keyboard.

          • redfox

            You don’t use a mouse, do you? 😉

  • Devocalypse

    Kudos for the new battery saver mode.
    You seem to have a serious misconception about some of the facets of VPN usage though. Some people only need those to bypass overzealous geo-ip restrictions and don’t care one bit about the underlying security benefits they provide. As such I would very much like to see it go back to how it was in the previous version with an added per-site on – off setting. Making it exclusive to the obsolete private browsing mode is ridiculous.

    • Indeed; while it makes sense, on the face of it, to put it under the privacy label, many use it for normal browsing – I use it to spoof my IP all the time.

      Plus, I’d *really* want to be able to have it on a per-tab basis and have the choice of whether it’s a private one or not.

  • Matheus Bitencourt

    Opera is great! The best browser ever!
    Please, we want the tab stacking feature back!

  • Nekomajin43

    I really like these new features, but how about something from the wishlist now? Toolbar customization, confirm exit option, RSS reader?

    • AirieFenix

      Confirm exit option would be really good. Toolbar optimisation, yes but I can wait.

  • HEY, WAIT! Am I the only one who’d like that power-saving (=CPU saving) mode on my desktop, too???

    Wasn’t there a time where background tabs simply hibernated?

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Please go to Preferences and set “Always show power saving icon” to enabled. Enjoy 🙂

      Real hibernating (not just unloading and then reloading) is tricky, but we are looking in that direction too – stay tuned!

      • Oooh nice on both counts!!!! Heck yeah!!!

  • Matheus Bitencourt

    Please make the address bar “invisible”, merged with the rest of the browser, Exacly like Edge does

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      What should this be good for?

      • Matheus Bitencourt

        Design! Eye catching design! Integration with Windows 10. in Linux and MacOS, the current address bar is better suitable, but in Windows 10 the invisible address bar could be abled by default

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          Eye catching? Really? Not for me. I do everything to make my Windows 10 look like Windows XP or 7, so I don’t want anything to look like “Edge”. And I need the address bar to see where I am. The space is anyway there, because of the navigation symbols on the left and the extension icons on the right (yes, I need them too).

          • Matheus Bitencourt

            Maybe the invisible address bar is “too much” for your tiny brain “to process”.
            The icons will remain there anyway. The only chance would be the bar, from white to transparent. It’s all about design, advanced design, made for people with huge brains appreciate.
            BTW: Wear glasses, you need it (I’m already using my contact lenses)

          • Ralf Brinkmann

            Thank you for enlightening me about my tiny brain.

          • Matheus Bitencourt

            I was just trolling about your brain. I don’t even know you, so I can’t say anything about you. I’m sorry for that.
            Now talking seriously: A transparent address bar could be a feature disabled by default, hidden in the “Settings”, for those who want it. I really like the idea.
            Once again, sorry about being stupidly rude with you.

          • Ralf Brinkmann

            If it would be a hidden feature or possible to switch it on or off it would be ok for me.

        • redfox

          Windows 10 is ugly itself. Users should be always happy if a third party application looks better.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          But what would be the benefits for the users?

          I can see people getting confused and wasting more time trying to figure out how to type a site address to load it.
          I also can see people not being able to go to a new site by just clicking on address bar and start typing the site address.

          • Matheus Bitencourt

            This feature could come disabled as default. Furthermore, this “problem” would only occurs one time, because people surely will be “used” to use a transparent address bar.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            OK, but how it would benefit the users? Why it would be better to use it instead of a regular address bar?

    • Licaon_Kter

      How about no! Why would you want an editable field to look like window decoration?

      • Matheus Bitencourt

        Because it makes it feel a Windows 10 native look. In Linux and MacOS, the current address bar is better suitable.

    • redfox

      No, thanks

    • Leonardo Gomes

      As an option, no problem. By default, i hope not.

  • I suggest rolling back the VPN feature to the way it was before this update.

    Then allow the following VPN options and modes:
    1. Universal: Always turned on for all sites.
    2. Restricted: Only accessible in private mode.
    3. Custom: User can enter specific websites to use VPN on.

    These should only be available on the developer builds of Opera.

    If you’re planning to roll out a VPN feature to the main/public version, then restrict theirs to private only. That will save you bandwidth which I think is the primary reason for this change.

    • redfox

      and 3b. Custom: User can enter specific websites to use VPN off
      (i.e. an equivalent to whitelist or blacklist)

      • Yeah, that’s exactly what the third option does. Only the ones listed in Custom mode will be accessed via VPN. Everything else is normal.

        For instance, if I put “” on the Custom field, every time I visit that website, VPN automatically turns itself on. Websites not listed there will act like usual.

  • Kurt Zon

    Or there is vpn or there isn’t vpn. i never use private mode and don’t want to use mode so i can’t use your new feature…

  • desecasa

    The power saving mode is a great idea, especially since Chrome (and, I presume, Chromium) is a known resource hog.

    It would be the icing on the cake if there was a setting to activate power saving mode automatically when running on battery! I hope it is possible to do that!

    • Marko Koivuniemi

      There is option for that in preferences –
      Power saver
      Always show power saver icon

      • desecasa

        Thanks for your reply. However, I’m not sure we mean the same thing.

        First, that setting does nothing with me. I don’t see any difference with it enabled or disabled.

        Second, what I meant was this: I use Opera on a laptop. So whenever I open a new Opera window, Opera should check whether the laptop is currently running on battery or not, and should enable or disable power saving mode accordingly.

        • AirieFenix

          “Always show power saver icon” shows the icon, nothing else, nothing more. The name makes it clear.

          Answering your question, I also think it’d be nice to have an always on option for the saver mode but being one click away is way better than not having it at all.

          I think Opera devs will eventually introduce the always on option (where could I ask for it?).

        • Marko Koivuniemi

          Sorry. I misread badly. I delete my reply.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Thanks for suggestion! We will discuss it with our UX team for next iteration.

  • RafaellaG

    Why can’t you change the private WINDOW to a private TAB?

    I’ll think everything get’s easier. And the current problems with the VPN feature we users have are mostly solved.

    • Kai Ockendorf

      Brillant idea!! 🙂

    • redfox

      Even a private tab still does not solve the problem with missing local cookies.

    • cra0zy

      That would really be an awesome feature!!

    • BK

      On top of VPN in private window, the plan (although no promise made here) is to work on a solution aka VPN window (not a private window, but vpn window). In VPN window all your data would be stored locally, but web traffic would be passed through VPN. So you could work in parallel with sites that you want and don’t want to use VPN on and still be able to store all the data locally (unlike on private window).
      How does that sound ?

      • redfox

        A new control item would be needed (keyboard shortcut, mouse gesture or toolbar button) to open a special VPN tab, instead of normal one. I like it as it was in the previous dev version 2213.

      • Nekomajin43

        I would like to use private mode and VPN in the same window with regular tabs.

      • RafaellaG

        I don’t think it will be wise to bring all/ so many features in seperate windows.
        I like to have all in one window. It’s much more clearly. I hate it, to change the window for “everything”.

        It even bothers me to change to another window simply to open a page in private mode – and I think, I’m not the only one.
        Yet you want to bring another?

        I hope you mean it, what you wrote in you last paragraph on the top of this page

      • Stunticon

        I have my “On startup” set to “Continue where I left off”. I really need all those pages to load in with a VPN connection, will this accomplish that?

    • Юлия

      Confusion, is the only reason that I can think of. People using a normal tab thinking it’s a private one or vice versa. It would be nice to have it though, sometimes I need one private tab, so no reason to create a new window for it. Or when clicking on a link that I’m not sure on, I use private browsing for that, again would be nice to open it in a private tab, not a new window.

      • RafaellaG

        It already worked fine in O12. And private tabs were marked, so there was nothing confusing.
        And although I don’t want back the old Opera in general, I think this was a much more better working feature in O12 than in the current Opera with its separate window.

    • Opera does do this. Opera 12. *sniff* *sniff*

  • AirieFenix

    To be honest with you, guys, I spend most time on Chrome on my laptop (although Opera is my de facto mobile browser) but I’ve always found excessive the amount of battery it uses.

    Safari does a better job with battery but… I don’t like Safari, AT ALL. So, a reason to go back to Opera! Let’s see how it works! Kudos.

    PS: you published results for Windows, are there many differences compared to OS X’s version?

    • Юлия

      We’ve got this on Windows which limits the CPU to half its actual speed. Doesn’t MacOS have something similar? I can imagine limiting both the OS and Opera would achieve even greater results.

      • AirieFenix

        AFAIK a similar setting used to exist but it was ditched on OS X Lion (like 4 years ago). So no, not out of the box at least.

        Anyway, that isn’t what I asked. I’m asking if developers measured battery life under OS X, just to have a reference of what to expect. I’m a software developer, I shake things on my computer on a regular basis but setting CPU frequencies manually is something I’d do only in some rare cases under very unusual circumstances.

        The energy feature you mentioned was useful at some degree during XP, maybe Vista old days. Currently, modern kernels do a great work scheduling tasks and sharing resources, and CPUs have more sleeping modes than ever, not to mention multiple threads scheduling, scaling, sleeping and throttling per core and separated frequencies for the GPU, etc. etc. I’d say that if you go and try throttling your CPU chances are you’ll decrease your current battery life instead of increase it.

        Sorry for being so wordy, but yes, I was asking specifically about new Opera’s features, not about system wide manual configs. Thanks.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Yes, we implemented power saving for Mac users too. It should give you similar benefits. Please check it out.

      • AirieFenix


  • ga_pechorin

    every time i start opera, partners’ bookmarks are added to my speed dial, is there any way to avoid it?

    i presume this info is in some file, whicho one should i edit?

    will this battery saver be implemented in any of the mobile versions? i hope so

    • BK

      Hi, this must be a bug. Where are you located? What partner BM that is?

      • ga_pechorin

        I am in Spain an BM are: Facebook, Booking,, aliexpress, and a folder with foolow opera, wikipedia, bet365, vueling, elmundo (really, elmundo? that is a very biased newspaper…), twitter,surfeasy and youtube.

        maybe this is a punctual error (i have had several in the past), it should be confirmed by someone else before reporting the bug

        • BK

          Thanks, we will check this.

  • bqpd

    Just to make clear why I am very disappointed by your decision to burry the “VPN” proxy in the private surfing function: in the age of unlimited data collection by governments as well as companies, privacy by default is what the people need – desperately. So if one of the big browser developers integrated a function that gives everybody 100 % anonymity by default, this literally changes the internet. And I am not being dramatic here. The current approach of mass-surveilance by governments just won’t work anymore, the current approach of geoblocking by copyright holders won’t work anymore (companies generally love globalization – but only as long as it helps them selling content, not when consumers can cross borders easily too), the current approach of advertizing (affiliate networks that track sales and reward the reflink etc)… even most of the stuff that e. g. google, facebook etc. monetarize themselves with right now.

    And what is in it for Opera, one might ask? Well – there are still user data to be mined and analyzed. But instead of google and facebook and and and.. it is now Opera who has all these data (and only them, giving them a sort of monopoly – monopolies are good with making money, that is the idea why I think this can easily be paid for even with heavy usage).

    I am fully comfortable with my surfing behavior being analyzed – fully anonymized and randomized along with the data of mio. of other users and a “no logging” policy in Opera’s end – when I get a fast and 100 % anonym browser VPN in return. And this data could be worth millions, if not billions. If momentum is right, Opera could become the next Google or Facebook (bio. $ tech giant) – the combination of taking current tools of user tracking away from them and having them in your own hands is just brilliant.

    Or so it would be. Unless you hesitate and turn this into an annoying private surfing mode additional future instead of a proud and loud announced and “easy as typing www into the browser”-feature of anonymity by default for the masses. Like my mother can just download the browser, double click and follow the install routine and then start the thing up and that’s it, shes all anonym and protected by default.

    Additional selling points: advanzed proxys can filter out all advertizing by default (or let only advertizing pass that pays some royalties to Opera, helping to pay for all of this), proxys can block known scam websites and add cyber security to the user experience. As long as everything about that is transparent and as long as the user can configure the details of it, I am perfectly fine with trading randomized statistical data about my surfing behavior for anonymity and privacy via privacy by default in my web browser.

    Opera, don’t miss this chance to change the way people use the internet!

    • redfox

      The VPN feature is a great solution. On the other side, it will be very easy to block access to the small list of VPN (proxy) servers at the ISP level, if a country would like to disallow private browsing, by any reason (for example terorism).

  • Mehrzad4096

    Why not just add a setting to turn VPN on and off with an exception list? (like the other settings)

  • John Doe

    I’m totally disappointed that you moved VPN to private-window only. Actually, the feature to have some tabs VPN’d was the only reason I decided to try Opera browser.

  • cristianer

    I want VPN in normal mode 🙁 pls

  • disq

    I used to use Opera and loved it. Too bad it’s now being sold to a Chinese company.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      So the acquisition has been completed already?
      Do you have a source?

    • Marko Koivuniemi

      Money doesn’t obey borders. I don’t trust US company more than Chinese.

      • disq

        Opera was not a US based company. It was based on Norway.

        • Marko Koivuniemi

          Of course I knew that. You missed a point. China is the main thing people used against this deal not the actual deal.

    • Ghirahim

      Guys, why are you replying to an obvious troll?

  • Nico

    In my opinion, limiting VPN to only private surfing is a really bad decision. Please give us at least the option to use it also in normal mode.

    And to be completely honest: You guys got a lot of great feedback and suggestions for VPN after the first release, but you chose to take the lazy way and just add it for private surfing. I am quite disappointed with this developer release. Hopefully the next one will be better.

  • good idea, but I’m not as good implementation, maybe you need a basic version and another expert to limit some services and not others

  • DataZByteS

    Opera pls, can we have option for VPN in normal mode. Hide it in advanced options or something.

  • Hugo

    I like Opera, but there is one thing that actually stops me from using it – it’s that huge, oversized top bar when the window is not maximised. I takes away so much screen space, and no other current browser (Chrome, IE, Edge, or Firefox) has such a waste of space. Please, Opera, reduce the space your top bar is using up, and I’ll be very happy to start using your great browser!

    • Freddy

      Agree. I wish it was as compact as Edge or Vivaldi.

    • tdudziec

      You can go to settings and disable

      “Show the bookmarks bar” to get some more space there.

      • Hugo

        Sure I could, but I like to have my bookmarks in sight all the time.

    • Mikolaj Boc

      We had plans to get down to this, stay tuned 🙂

      • Hugo

        Thanks. Looking forward to this! Hopefully it will come to a Dev version soon.

  • Fernando

    Hey! Hey hey hey! No, you didn’t! Please, come back with de VPN on normal mode. Or make it possible by a ON/OFF configuration. The ‘all time’ VPN was the differencial that made me change to Opera.

  • Fernando

    I don´t use the speed dial (I disabled it on the ‘start screen’ options), but i use the bookmarks bar. What if the bookmarks bar to stay visible only in the new tab , not all the time as happens now? We lost a real screen space with this active all the time!

    • kesha2000

      Just make a shortcut in settings for bookmarks bar and enable/disable it any time from any tab.

      • Fernando

        The Google Chrome have this option. You can keep the bookmarks bar always visible OR visible just when you open a ‘new tab’ (or on the ‘start screen’, whatever. With this, you’ll have more screen space when navigating.

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    I found something strange:
    As I told you the focus on a page gets lost after a page crash and reloading with F5. This does not happen, if I switch the plug-ins in the settings from “Run all plug-in content” to “Click to play”. I found this out because I lost the focus also on some other pages after scrolling to the next one. I think I have to explore this a little more.
    Operax64 standalone
    HWA enabled

    Adobe Flash Player
    Shockwave Flash 21.0 r0
    Widevine Content Decryption Module
    Enables Widevine licenses for playback of HTML audio/video content. (version:
    Chrome PDF Viewer (2 files)

  • Gojic Milos

    I’m glad Opera is heading in a right direction (IMHO) – great job adding very useful features. Can we expect some (chromium) performance improvements in a near future? Enhanced performance (cpu usage is INCREDIBLY high – much, much worse than in FF/IE – and 20+ TIMES worse than when the same stream plays through a seperate player). Fixed large png/gif performance on imgur? Also, I have problems on site, when reading comments (sometimes!) opera slows down to a crawl, completely randomly. Cheers!

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Thanks for reporting. We will have a look.

  • Phil

    Why did you drop support for 10.8.5 with this version? Et Tu Opera?

    • Michał Gołębiowski

      Because Chrome did and that means Chromium used by Opera is not supported there. They can’t support what Chromium doesn’t.

      • Phil

        Thank you Google & Apple for the complete disregard for your customers. Manjaro here we come!

        • Michał Gołębiowski

          OS X 10.8 is 3.5 years old. It’s high time to upgrade. Note that when Opera n comes, Opera (n-1) is immediately unsupported and Apple supports last 3 OS X versions.

          • Phil

            Can’t upgrade current hardware from 2008 it is not eligible by Apple standards! Running Google Chrome and Windows 10 on an Atom HP mini from 2010 with half the power.

          • Phil

            Just support the security aspects of running hardware is all anyone asks. The amount of running hardware lacking security fixes is growing rapidly. Between Android phones which criminally are unsupported by most vendors & Apple hardware running in strapped school districts security holes keep expanding for us all.

  • Marcio Thyalles

    The VPN should be available in normal mode as well. This was the main reason I started using Opera. There’s absolutely no need for moving VPN to “private mode only”.

  • NEO

    Come on Opera, bring back the VPN to normal browse again. I left Chrome to use Opera just because the VPN and the design improvements you made in the new versions.

  • Seth Hoogeboom

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Bring back the VPN to normal mode! I DO NOT want it in private browsing only! It’s a pain in the butt to use now!

  • “improving the browser VPN experience” <- good joke there

  • Fernando

    Sinc the start screen theme with the Opera Account too.

  • Fernando

    It’s too boring have to activate the Power Saving mode all the time. We need a config option for a “Auto Enables Power Saving mode”.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Thanks for hint! We will have next UX iteration soon and will take it into account.

  • RussianNeuroMancer

    Please enable hardware video decoding on Linux too. More info in dna-53982.

    • Alexander Medvedev

      Юзай хромось и не выпендривайся)

  • Timmy Wong

    Please give us an option to use VPN in normal mode. I don’t want to sign in my Google account again (in private window) everytime when I want to use VPN. It’s more useful if we can use VPN either in normal or private mode.

    • ID304

      Same here. I don’t know why options get limited nowadays, you could enable it on/off before now you are forced to use private mode, which I barely use.

  • wolkenspalter

    After all: Thanx for

    DNA-43657 Should be able to disable fraud check.

  • wolkenspalter

    DNA-48194 HiDPI: extension icons scaled incorrectly. They still do: RSS Detector, Tab Cookies in adress field.

  • Have you tested the improvements in Windows’ battery-saving power mode ? Users wanting to maximize battery life would not operate on high performance mode.

    • BK

      Yes, more test results are incoming 🙂

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Opera Team:
    Which of the possible settings in the picklist of opera://flags/#enable-ppapi-win32k-lockdown corresponds to “Standard”?

  • motya

    Bring back VPN in normal mode. Please!

    • disqus_eaBm3OPd9I


  • krazyfrog

    Did the Chrome browser used for comparison also have an adblocker?

    • Tommy Wille

      Probably not, because you don’t get that right out of the box like in Opera. Which is fair play on first initial testing. Though they’ve mentioned doing more tests, so you will probably get that comparison as well later.

  • yigido

    You added VPN into private mode because you cannot effort to serve this service to all normal mode users. Nice job!

  • Nashuim

    Nothing about DNA-53012?

    • BK

      Sorry, no update yet, we will look into this.

  • Ghirahim

    Why is scrolling suddenly so sluggish on some sites? Daily Mail for example.

    • NoName

      Did you enable power saving?
      It limits the framerate to 30 FPS, making scrolling more sluggish.
      Power saving can never be a win/win situation.

      Edit: Wow, I just visited the site. When you got Operas adblock enabled, you get an background ad instead, decreasing site performance a lot!
      Disable the ad-block, and the performance is fine.

      • Ghirahim

        Yeah, I tried to disable ad-block and now it’s fine. But the problem is that it was completely fine in older builds. With ad-block enabled.

        And I noticed that on some other sites too.

        • NoName

          I tested the same site in Chrome and Canary. Issue is not visible here. (Both with and without ad-block).

          Seems like you are right.

    • Vux777

      yes, some sites have sluggish scrolling (regression from last build) with adblock enabled
      example of another one
      maybe devs can figure out the pattern

      • Ghirahim

        Holy crap, it’s terrible.

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        No problems on both sites with uBlock.

        • Vux777

          1) Opera adblock is problematic in this case

          2) I’m having the same problem on Opera forum (with latest dev)

        • Ghirahim

          Built-in ad blocker.

  • Erike Yuri Silva

    Excelente! site

  • mikeblob .

    anyone able to access chrome web store?

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      No problem here.
      uBlock enabled

      • mikeblob .

        thanks, two restarts and its working.

  • rblanca

    Any chance to have tab hibernation freature back?. Thanks!

    • BK

      Yes, quite a big chance actually.

      • rblanca

        really? Awesome!!!!!! It’s there Any E.T.A? thanks!

        • BK

          we are investigating this topic now, surly we will share more updates once we have something up and running 🙂

  • Vilveroz Z

    totally HATE this developer update, why would opera remove the VPN and add to the ONLY private window ? not everyone here browse the web using private window (including me), to be honest, almost 8 months using opera, i never use the private window not even ONCE.

  • DaZung

    Would you consider adding the option to use Incognito/VPN per speed dial entry? We have the “Open in new private window” context menu command but it would be nice to have an option in the “Edit” dialog to define the default behavior. These speed dials would then have a small “Incognito” con superimposed.

  • OperaDev

    Hi i’ve always loved Opera Browser the best very neat VPN in Private Mode makes perfectly sense to me. Nothing is free people. If you want a Paid VPN with unlimited data and no restriction so that you can play FPS Games and stream 4k in UHD then you need to pay for it simple as that.
    Opera Software ASA HQ in Norway and SurfEasy, Inc. in Canada managed to deliver blazing fast speeds but not intended to stream bunch of videos in 4k UHD.
    As Norwegian myself <3
    I've been an Opera User since year 2000 and yes Native video pop out and Native VPN Baked in Private Mode is for Opera's Primary users if you guys understand. But i guess you people will force Opera to make you pay to use it. They can offer free unlimited data as long as you use it for business / regular browsing that means it protects your privacy and helps prevent governments and agencies from monitoring your activities. Opera listening to their Primary Users same as any other Companies. But they are always happy to receive feedbacks.

  • Charlotte Lackney

    Pinned tabs won’t “stick” in Private Mode. I want to keep my pinned tabs AND use the VPN. With version 39 I can no longer do that. Opera is useless to me now. Back to Firefox and my normal VPN. Bye.

  • pureocean

    Dear Opera Developers,

    Chromium authors removed the “#disable-direct-write” flag since commit position 390163:

    Please, you don’t remove the GDI font rendering feature. DirectWrite font rendering blurry makes texts and hurts to my eyes. Not only me.


    I also agree that VPN feature bring back to normal window. Besides, In address-bar VPN icon always visible (if from the options is actived). Thus users can be on/off VPN before visit pages.

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Hi! Do you have anything not standard in your screen setup?
      Please report us a bug with more details regarding the blurry fonts.

      • pureocean


        Thanks for reply. Actually, no problem/bug about blurry fonts in any Opera builds. I was just afraid next Opera builds will be DirectWrite only become permanent and removing GDI font rendering.

        I don’t use DirectWrite(it’s not open in my opera://flags). Because I don’t like DirectWrite font rendering style. Very anti-aliasing. I like the GDI font rendering. Its classic, sharp. It doesn’t hurt my eyes.
        Best regards…

  • Vlad Violenty

    Hello. Please add some feauters to power savig mode:
    Disable flash. start Flash animation by click
    Stop GIF animations

    and return old search field style on speed-dials. or make more smaller

  • Dmitry Kirin

    I so much like articles like this one! It’s great that you share the result of such investigations. The amount of digging, setting up tests, and analysis is tremendous.

    Paweł’s info underneath the article is funny: “VP Engineering, Services,” immediately followed by, “been hacking with…”. Quite an unusual word choice for a VP bio. 😉

    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Thanks Dmitry!
      Opera is a great place for engineers, no doubt 🙂
      Have a good weekend!

  • Hoxter

    I also agree that VPN mode should be brought back to normal version. Just make two separate options – one for incognito mode, and another one for normal. Then there shouldn’t be any problem. I decided to use Opera again only because this VPN feature… now it’s become useless again.

    • Paranam Kid

      I agree !!!!

  • RickJJ

    Was so excited using the VPN. It brought me back to the Opera browser and was a huge differentiator for me. But now, it moved to private mode only for some reason which is pretty frustrating. Please bring it back as an option to the ‘regular’ browsing mode and I’ll start using Opera again. In the meantime, back to Chrome it is for me, sadly…

    • I agree, I switched to Opera for this reason and I want all my traffic over the VPN not just private browsing.

    • Paranam Kid

      And I agree with you too !!! This switch to VPN in private mode only is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  • KiKos

    VPN doesn’t work :(. Sing od VPN is orange and trying to connect…

    • JuhaK

      Same here. VPN-icon is orange, status connecting.. and virtual location box is empty. Win10 64-bit, Bitdefender Internet security 2016.

  • Harry

    Keep in mind that if the free VPN feature is abused, it will be quickly removed.

    There is no way Opera can afford the associated costs for VPN servers if hundreds of thousands of users start using this.

    It’s nice in theory, but in reality there are huge costs associated with this.

    • redfox

      A speed limit at the VPN servers would do the trick, if not enough bandwidth. If anyone needs high speed usage like video streaming, he can use a paid third party VPN, including SurfEasy.

      • Paranam Kid

        If Opera decides to provide a free VPN service, then they should provide it properly. If people want to use their VPN service they should be able to do so without restrictions, otherwise Opera should stay out of the VPN business. By the way, it is not a VPN but a secure proxy.

        • Charlotte Lackney

          I agree. Opera may have not realized how popular a “VPN” would be and too many people are now using it costing them a lot of money. But the new Chinese owners surely have enough money to keep this idea going, right? What if Opera became the most used browser because of the VPN and other features?

          • Ariane Lu

            Did you know Opera Max?
            It compress picture, music , video, webpage for lots of user, even you are using Wi-Fi.

            Build-in VPN is blocked by GFW in China, so, it doesn’t matter

    • It will be costly, but you can read it again, before make this feature. Opera buy SurfEasy VPN company and after buy this company they can make this VPN more cheaper than before and don’t forget how Opera bring the Opera Turbo to million customer. Opera Turbo is more using resource than VPN and they give it to customer for free.

  • I’m on developer channel and I don’t see this option in my browser. When I check for update, it shows I have latest

    • Leonardo Gomes

      What version/build of Opera are you using?

  • pokemiu

    I have some trouble with Opera Ad blocker, for example on google news, with this build on Win10 32b.
    When the ad blocker is enabled, the tab freezes for 20-30 seconds :
    I can’t scroll or click but I can open a new tab.
    When the ad blocker is disabled, the problem doesn’t happen.

  • Paranam Kid

    Pawel, I don’t know if you read any of these comments, but if you do you are hopefully aware that people are NOT HAPPY with the fact that in Developer version 39 you took the VPN option away from regular browsing & allocated it to private browsing.

    VPN was the main reason I switched from Chrome to Opera. The power saving option was another good, persuasive step. But with the VPN switch you are turning the clock back. You are basically now giving us a kick in the butt.


    • Paweł Miniewicz

      Hi @paranamkid:disqus!
      We are listening to all the feedback. We are now actively testing and learning – VPN is quite a big feature. Stay tuned for more updates!

      • Paranam Kid

        Thanks for your reply Pawel, I appreciate it :-))
        I do really hope very much that you will bring back VPN to “normal” browsing with the optional check box, just the way it was in version 38. PLEASE, PLEASE.

  • RafaellaG

    I think I’ll skip this Opera build to show you (Opera) what think of this “new” VPN (changing to the private window/ changing to ANOTHER window).

    I’ll really hope you’ll reconsider this and stay to your word that our “input is very important for” you, for I’m not the only one to think so, als you can read here.

    • BK

      We hear you. No worries, more updates to VPN are incoming.

      • Taithrah

        Could always add a Manage exceptions list for vpn, Maybe that would be useful to everyone?

      • Renz1er

        you can introduce private tab feature. which would allow the user to continue browsing a page in private mode with VPN, but won’t require them to open a new window for it.

  • Martin Holoubek

    Hi, I have problems with detachable videos. So far, this feature was working well. Today, my favorite website has changed their backend from flash to webm. The detach button is hidden. Even if I play webm directly, feature doesn’t work.



  • Wild Fox

    Would be nice if you also bring VPN back in normal mode.

    • Paulo Rodrigo Martins

      Now I can’t download large files from MEGA…

      “This issue should be resolved exiting from Incognito mode.
      Error: File too big to be reliably handled in memory.”

      • Leonardo Gomes

        Do you have a link?

  • Raylan Givens

    Just a suggestion, I would really appreaciate a few faster updates, without fixed bugs, just updated blink. The Current for long time now is 51.2704.49 but we’ve been stuck at 51.2704.19. You know the engine is one of the most important stuff in browsers. Do us a favour.

    • BK

      OK, some more updates should arrive this week.

  • greate, opera is my browser defaul

  • oic

    is it possible to constantly have private window mode on. Sometimes I forget to use it, so it will be nice to have it constantly on for everything

    • Aneta Reluga

      This is sort of against the “private mode” philosophy, I’m afraid.

  • srb

    I’m a big fan of VPN usage, and your VPN is the easiest to use by far.
    However, since I live in an authoritarian country, “VPN” for me is more about freedom than about privacy. Thus, even in my “normal” browsing mode, I would like to keep VPN on.
    Now I understand that some people would turn it off out of privacy concern, but can’t you just add an “exception list” to your VPN?

  • john smith

    vpn doesn’t work (geo-blocking) with cbs all access

    • john smith

      referring to live TV stream locations

  • Ariane Lu

    Mobile Emulator in Developer Tools will make Opera stop accept all keyboard input, Tried 39 Dev, but still have this issue

  • redfox

    Devs, could you please write, throught which port and IP are Opera extensions updated?
    I know that the process opera_autoupdate.exe connects at least to two addresses, one through port 443 (Opera settings update), and port 80 (main browser update). If I disable outgoing connection to port 80 (to disable browser upd), will the extensions be updated or not? Thank you.

    • Aneta Reluga

      Process opera_autoupdate.exe isn’t used for extension update – that’s a different story.

      • redfox

        OK, thanks.

  • Nicomo

    I’d like to start Opera in VPN mode – how do I do that? Is there a way to do that in the shortcut?

    • Kornelia

      I’m afraid no. There is no way to open Opera in private mode by default.

      • Nicomo

        🙁 so I suppose a fixed config file that it could refer to for user preferences beforehand is out of the question too?

    • yashraj123

      You could right click the opera icon on your taskbar and select ‘open new private tab’ under ‘tasks’ on Windows. One extra click.

  • I really love the last build but having VPN _only_ in private mode is kind of losing the “always secure/encrypted” merits.

    – VPN button should be available at all time and let the user device when to use it. Available both from private and normal mode.

    – Energy save option is really cool, I just wish that it would automatically toggle when I unplug my laptop because I always have to watch for the icon to show up and then toggle it ON. I’d like an option to leave it ON when unplugged by default.

    Keep up the amazing work, you just won a new user! mobile+desktop

  • iYuzver

    Please, make an opportunity to disconnect the section “open tabs” in the tab menu and to expand the section “Recently closed” to become longer.

    • BK

      Yes, we are looking into this.

  • Paulo Rodrigo Martins

    Please, move VPN mode back to normal mode. I can’t download files from mega using VPN now D:

    So I still need a VPN software when using opera?

    “This issue should be resolved exiting from Incognito mode.
    Error: File too big to be reliably handled in memory.”

    • redfox

      The VPN is intended for standard browsing, not for downloading large files. The bandwidth capacity is limited.

      • bqpd

        1. you assume this, Opera didn’t say so;

        2. what is a mere browser proxy worth, if I can’t even use the browser for all purposes of the http protocol unlimited, if Opera was so afraid of running costs they should stop their “VPN” project in the very beginning or it will backfire as an embarrassment;

        3. besides, even VPN accounts you can get on offer for about 1 € / monthly offer unlimited and fast transfer plus the choice of a variety of countries for the exit notes and these fees already contain some profit, so I expect a mere browser proxy, even marketed as “VPN”, to run actual costs of less than 1€ per month and user, if even this is too much already, back to point 2. Traffic is dead-cheap nowadays, if you run a larger service the cost per GB is actually below 1 Cent. Thats why costs are calculated by the TB as smallest unit, if you are big enough you don’t even get billed by the TB but by the capacity of your backbone connection.
        If you offer a global service, like a built-in proxy in a web browser that is used around the world, there is always some part of the world where most users are currently asleep – or awake and browsing the net. So you can use your backbones pretty constantly and efficiently, which drives the cost per GB even further down. This is why Google runs huge profits even tho they give away so much free data services and only make money by advertizing. Even big data amounts are just so dead-cheap to handle, if you are a bigger company.


    • Leonardo Gomes

      Do you have an example link? Does it happens with all downloads from Mega?

      I’ve just tried and had no problems downloading a file stored there.

  • Jason Hyer

    So, everyone is commenting about the VPN feature when this blog post is mainly about the Battery Saving feature. In regards to the Batter Saving Feature, is there a way to have this always on when I’m running on battery power? I close my browser throughout the day and rarely remember to turn it on every time I reopen Opera. Makes sense right? If I’m seriously trying to save on battery life nothing will save the battery more than shutting down the browser when I’m not using it.

    • Kornelia

      There is a ‘Always show power saver icon’ option in Settings/Preferences.

      • nanana1

        Show icon doesn’t mean it’s turned on and that is what Jason is requesting 😉

        • Jason Hyer

          ^^^ This.

    • desecasa

      I requested that a couple of days ago. Pawel liked the idea and told me that he would take it to the next UX discussion round. So, fingers crossed!

    • Tommy Wille

      Good idea!

    • Peter Buyze

      After a number of minutes on battery the icon will spontaneously propose turning on the power saver. So what you request is already there ina slightly different form.

  • redfox

    When VPN enabled, I get sometimes a popup window, requiring me to log in to (or de61, de81).. since I don’t have any login info, the page refuses to load. Did you make any changes to the (German) VPN/proxy servers?

    • BK

      Thanks for the report, we will look into this.

    • BK

      It’s DNA-52757. Do you have some relialable steps to reproduce the issue?

      • Ariane Lu

        Hi, Please check DNA-53351 i have already provide detail with this issue.

        Some software are listen on special port at, used for ‘in site history tracker and quick login’, they resolved to

  • helsten2
    • BK

      Indeed !

  • Ramanaiah Kandra

    Sir,when you enable power saving mode, pages are not loading faster comparatively,when you disable it.So kindly look into that.And i also suggest you to design a slim interface to the browser.

  • Ariane Lu

    New search box really…ugly, too small

    • L33t4opera

      Hi Ariane, if you mean, the search box on the speed dial page, then you can bring back the old one as follows: go to the address bar, copy/paste opera:flags#start-page-search-improvements, and press Enter, select “Disabled” from the drop-down, and press the “Relaunch Now”.

      • Ariane Lu

        Thank you~

  • Vlad
  • yigido

    Please remove this sentence:
    You are wrong. The Firefox is the first browser who blocks ad with disconnect filters. They made it before you. You are doing false advertising. Fix it!

    • redfox

      It does not matter. Both Firefox and Opera/Chrome still need a quality extension like Adblock Plus. The native adblocker still need many improvements.

      • yigido

        Try Firefox tracking blocker (in-built), it can block much more than Opera adblocker. 😉

        • Leonardo Gomes

          But it’s not a ad blocker, although it can block ads that may track you.

          • yigido

            You can be tracked by any advertisers while using any ad-blocker. Because current adblockers works with a blacklist. If the advertiser not in blacklist then adblockers allow it to track you. We need proactive approach to block tracking contents. It is the same story with antivirus companies. People buy AV softwares but they still get infected. Why? Antiviruses works with default allow system. If the sample not in blacklist, then allow it to execute. So you got infection on your PC. We need default-deny system.. and so on. I hope you got my point.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Well, you can be tracked by any site. Even this blog may be tracking you.

          • yigido

            Yes, if you logged in with disqus.. disqus can track you on every site 😉

      • AdBlock Plus is (for me) really not the first choice after their sellout. Better to use the OpenSource uBlock Origin (not the same as uBlock!).

        A wide spectrum blocker (not just ads, but malware, tracking and other) The first argument for using this instead of Adblock Plus is that development is transparent (and no ”acceptable ads”).

        Then on the technical side it’s much more advanced when it comes to filtering methods and many other things. AdBlock Plus was the choice back then, but now it’s mostly on the radar because of it was the ”first” adblocker that became well known with a wider audience a couple of years ago.

        The uBlock Origin addon for Opera can be found in the official Opera Add-ons site, and the project page at Github is located at: (yes, it’s the uBlock Origin project and NOT the uBlock one).

        • redfox

          I tried the uBlock Origin recently with Firefox. Yes, it worked, and maybe better than Adblock, but it is still less user friendly, regarding it’s GUI and adding new rules and elements directly from the websites. So I reverted to ABP again.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      How do i enable the adblocker in Firefox? I don’t see such option.

      • yigido

        Please write about:config on URL bar. Accept the warning.
        Wrtie privacy.trackingprotection.enabled and set it true
        You will see that the ad contents, trackers and socila media things will be blocked by default without an add-on. Pages load %45 faster with this. Thanks

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Maybe, but it’s still a tracker blocker and not an ad blocker. Although it may block ads like i said.

    • xirit64

      Opera 9 was the first browser to block content natively (and blocking pop-ups earlier with Opera 8) so bringing it back to the new engine does not change the fact who did it first. Opera.

      • yigido

        Firefox is the first browser which blocks the pop-up ads. Mozilla defaulted to blocking pop-up ads, the scourge of the early Web. It was a step none of the major browsers could afford to take, because publishers were convinced they would go broke without them, and any company whose browser blocked pop-ups by default would alienate the publishers, who’d throw their lot in with the competition.
        Source EFF:

        • Leonardo Gomes

          First Opera version with a pop-up blocker wss 3.00 back in 1997.

  • Vlad

    No selection (dots) around the items on the bookmarks bar!

    Steps to reproduce:
    1. Press the F6 button three times:
    2. Press the right arrow button

    Actual result: Not seen the selection (dots) around the items on the bookmarks bar. Like in Chrome:

    Expected result: The selection of items on bookmarks bar should be visible (like in Chrome)!


  • RafaellaG


    – Why is it necessary to set the “Opera Menu” in the non-maximized window on top of the tabs and wasting a row instead left of the tabs as in a maximized window?

    – Is it possible to reduce the space above an below the address bar by half?

    – Is it possible to set the power save button to “always on” and does the power saver feature also save power on normal desktop pc’s?

    – When do you overhaul the Opera Menu so it’s a little bit more cleaned up and logical (and reducing more unnecessary or redundant items)?

    – Could you please inform us about the different WebRTC choices in advanced settings?

  • Denis Franklin

    New features are welcome but with these features the browser’s speed has gone. It becomes unresponsive for couple of seconds and loads the pages slowly. 38 version was so awesome that I ditched Chrome totally and started using Opera again. But with version 39 it really has become a pain to use the browser. Specially using gmail on Opera has become a frustrating issue. Please look into improving the performance along with adding cool features.

    • bqpd

      Ditch 39 and pick up 38 and just perfect it.
      Better stability, better performance, better adblocker, better VPN. 39 dev is worse in any respect.

    • redfox

      I hope so. The v38 is much better.

  • amr_now

    Paweł Miniewicz,

    Error in opera:flags :

    Extended suggestions
    Mac, Windows, Linux
    Extended suggestions

  • Tomasz Targiel

    I have problem with Opera VPN. Everytime I click [VPN] button in private window the pop-up menu says: Connecting… (but it doesn’t connect). Is there any way to repair it?
    P.S. Before update I was connecting easily to VPN in non-priv window.

  • yigido

    Don’t you read the previous blog post comments? What is this?
    “We also realized many people really wanted to use our browser VPN in combination with private browsing. So, we have changed the VPN feature to be part of our private browsing mode.” Are you serious Opera?

  • Okechukwu Solomon
  • nanana1

    New Developer 39 Build 2234 released :
    VPN still works only in private window.

  • Peter Buyze

    The power saving mode is very useful & works well. But why did you take away the VPN option from normal browsing ??? Please re-institute it, it will make Opera so much more powerful & useful.

    • ervan rehanda

      *thumbs up*
      …and please add dark theme too

  • m cus

    the opera developer 39.0.2234.0 still can not use VPN on my window 7,although it says vpn only in private mode,but it is not working,,AND i wondering how it safe power on my desktop pc?IS it safe my electrical bill?

  • Ryan

    I came to Opera due to the VPN addition and was pleasantly surprised. Now the change to only private browsing is going to make me simply uninstall it and move elsewhere.

  • Charlotte Lackney

    VPN does not work in Xubuntu in Private mode. It will connect and then quickly disconnects when you go to a web site.

  • Rémy Dubois

    VPN doesn’t work anymore since this update. Furthermore, there is a problem with the French translation : in Menu > Favorites, My Folders is written instead of Mes dossiers

    • Kornelia

      What’s your operating system? And what do you mean by VPN doesn’t work?

      • Rémy Dubois

        It’s OK, VPN works again :). I’m working on Windows 10 64-bit. When I wanted to connect to the VPN, “Connecting” was written for long time and there wasn’t any country in the list.

  • Thabo
  • Charlotte Lackney

    Thanks for the new release 39.0.2245.0 which turned the VPN back on! Works in normal and private modes.

  • Jason Mills

    Is it possible to enable the power saver feature by default instead of having to enable it every time I launch the browser?

    • Aneta Reluga

      This feature is in progress, but thanks for your feedback – I’m passing it further.

  • Obrien Megan

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    • Charlotte Lackney


  • Charlotte Lackney

    The paid version of Opera’s VPN keeps asking me to sign in. And, the VPN turns off and back on again, automatically.

  • R v

    Great update! In regards to the VPN feature; is there Zero Logging or are you logging user data and websites visited? In addition I was wondering what the encryption level is 🙂

  • Some1

    whenever i remove my laptop from charging, opera is displayed maximized, im sick of this behavior. help me get rid of opera power saving on laptop. please please help me

  • Maplestrip

    Why can’t I just permanently keep this feature on? I don’t notice any differences when it’s on, but it automatically turns off as soon as I plug in my charger. It’s rather annoying to have to turn on a battery saver multiple times throughout the day.

    • Sergio

      +1 What a PITA to have to manually turn on the battery saver each time I disconnect the charger. Grrr.

  • Privat Privat

    Why not just keep it forever on, theres no point haveing a wastefull feature enabled, in those cases where people WANT a window to remain operational while doing something else, example listening to a youtube video while browseing in another tab…

    ADD A KEEP THIS TAB ACTIVE checkbox, so people can check off the tabs they want to keep running, while freezeing the tabs not in use.. ALSO make popups NOT load til viewed, or and FORCE them into a new tab that can be closed without viewed, while marking it as a POPUP (Ignore headtitle).

  • m cus

    i reinstall new version the opera beta,,yeye,,this time vpn is working and opera turbo is working too ,i am using window 7 home

  • Joshua Lee

    How can I open power saving mode automatically when opera mac version launching?

  • Zed

    Hi. I need to ask. I Use old pc tablet with XP. opera (dev beta) don’t show ico for battery. Wat I must do to get this?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Update to Windows 7 or newer. Last Opera with support for XP is 36, which don’t have the battery saver feature.

      • Zed

        To old hardware xD I need it for internet and drawing 😛

  • LR Üyelik

    whenever i remove my laptop from charging, opera is displayed maximized, im sick of this behavior.
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  • antalya cnc

    So, we have changed the VPN feature to be part of our private browsing mode.” Are you serious Opera?
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  • Arfa Hashmi

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  • hmm is it work as good as you talk about it? I’m asking because my battery is in so bad condidtion.. so I need to find solution (otherwise I will need to buy new battery or laptop).

  • R123

    Dear Opera developers: Can you add support for Netflix video at 1080p resolution (or higher)? This could increase Opera share in browser market.
    _Chrome, Opera and Firefox support playback of Netflix movies in 720p resolution in Win7, Win8.1 & Win10. IE11 in Win7 support only 720p (it uses Silverlight 5).
    IE11 plays Netflix movies at resolution 1080p in Win8.1 and Win10. Edge in resolution 1080p or 4K in Win10.
    Adding 1080p or 4K in Opera would especially important for Win7 users (all browsers play Netflix video at 720p in Win7; there is no Netflix app for WIn7)
    Win7 is on 48% PCs and will be major Windows system for 5-10 years.