Hi everyone,

We’re happy to announce that Opera 51 enters beta today. It offers improvements like quickly scroll to the top web page with just a click of the tab, import bookmarks added in bookmarks manager, improvements for video pop-out and tabs, new design of private mode and more.

Click the tab to scroll

Some sites lead us through an endless pit of web content such as our Facebook or Twitter feeds or a busy discussion board on Reddit. These kind of pages leave us with a long climb back to the top! It’s then another long descent down to continue where we were.

Now with one click on the tab you will be able to return you to the top of the page, and then with other single click jump back to where you were before.

Import bookmarks added in bookmarks manager

We’ve added imported bookmarks as a single folder there together with exported bookmarks, available in the expandable menu. This is another way for you to import your bookmarks from other web browsers. You can also import bookmarks and other settings through the Easy Setup menu found in the start page.

Collapsible lists of opened and closed tabs in tabs menu

This has been a frequently requested feature, especially for those who use the tabs menu often. Going to the tabs menu, found in the far-right of your tabs bar, you’ll find two collapsible lists for your open and recently closed tabs. This will declutter the right side of the browser after opening the tabs menu while also making it easier for you to locate a particular tab.

Another new feature for your tabs is to permanently keep tabs pinned no matter what restart option you have selected (open the start page, continue where I left off, or open a specific page or set of pages). Your pinned tabs will be restored after opening the browser for a new session.

Private mode

We’ve updated the style of private mode on macOS to match the Windows design. Furthermore, we changed the static image to a new animation on all platforms. You can use the “Do not show again” checkbox at the bottom of the page to get rid of the animation and jump right to Speed Dial if you tend to open private windows a lot.

“Back to tab” button for video pop-out

With video pop-out you have possibility to browse the Internet while your favorite video plays in an adjustable window on top. Now, with the “Back to tab” link you have ability to go back to the tab playing the video. You can find it on the top of the popped out video by hovering your mouse over the title of the video.

Your video will continue playing in the pop-out window after clicking “Back to tab.”

We also updated style of the detach button on macOS.

Allow all sites to use Flash

Now it’s possible to run Flash on all sites without request. By default, Opera requires sites to ask first before allowing sites to run Flash.

You can enable running Flash on all sites without prior request in Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Websites > Flash.

Reset browser settings

Previously, resetting your Opera browser settings to its original state required a lengthy process of deleting the browser after saving preferences in a separate file. Opera 51 beta offers a single button to reset your browser settings in one click.

You can reset your browser to its original settings in Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Browser > “Reset browser settings…” button.

Resetting your browser will revert any custom search engines to the default ones, remove pinned tabs, disable extensions and will clear temporary data such as cookies. Your bookmarks, history and saved passwords will remain in place with the refreshed browser.

Preferences backup

We now have a mechanism for backing up and restoring working profile preferences to help avoid the unintentional alterations of these settings. Whenever profile settings have been read successfully, we create a backup of the files involved.

When the files exist but can not be parsed, we use the backed up files instead. This means that Opera should still be usable after external applications or users that like the manual editing of JSON files have possibly made incorrect changes to Opera’s settings files.

Other highlights:

  • Opera for Mac now supports AppleScript, allowing you to create snippets for Alfred or automate your workflow easily.
  • Units converter recognizes dash symbol as a minus ex. −17.78 °C (wikipedia).
  • [Mac] Reduce number of VTDecoderXPCService instances.

As usual, the full changelog is here.

Installation links:

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  • KarenArzumanyan

    Very need volume control (increase/decrease) into video pop-out windows.

    • ratamies

      Why? What is the problem with using hardware buttons on keyboard to control volume?

      • KarenArzumanyan

        Because I often and actively use the mouse!

        • Just a suggestion, I have an old Logitech VX nano mouse, the two spare buttons I’ve programmed to be volume control, makes things very easy. Might be worth looking at a 5 button mouse if you have a simple 3 button unit. Gaming mice are even better, with lots of spare buttons that can be programmed. Well worth the upgrade.

        • Ari

          Then go with the mouse to the windows taskbar, click the speaker icon and inc/dec the volume

      • yera

        The problem is that those control the volume of the system, i.e. all applications not just the video.
        And I really don’t want to change ALL sound levels just because of one video being overly loud or low.

  • KarenArzumanyan

    Very need tab grouping like Opera 12.x.

  • firuz_u7

    Thanks for the new version
    Opera Adblock will list uBlock & Fanboy’s be added to Russia and other regions
    Can you install list AdGuard in Opera Adblock?
    for Poland & Brazil & Spain & Portugal already exist

  • Julian Lugod

    Awesome update.

  • Keilin Bickar

    I have a faulty mouse so sometimes it sends two clicks when I try to click on something. The new tab feature is quite annoying when I try to switch tabs and the mouse accidentally double clicks which causes it to scroll to the top. Could there be a delay so that it only scrolls after the tab has been viewed for a second?

    • nanana1

      Maybe the new mouse purchase should not be delayed ? 😉

  • Alex Wazovskiy

    > Click the tab to scroll
    This feature was introduced a long time ago in Yandex.Browser. And by the way, I didnn’t like it.

  • ShintoPlasm

    Nice one, looking forward to the new features!

  • fliker

    What do you think about adding option to pop-out whole tab? Is it possible? It can be very useful to track some live coverages in always on top window.

  • Слоупок

    Wow. I like this feature in Yandex Browser.

  • andrew84

    this bug migrated from developer to beta

    • Ewa

      Hi, it’s reported and waiting for fix. Please note that it’s beta update. 🙂

  • Windows 7, Settings tab: the text for checkbox on the bottom left “Show advanced settings” is not always visible, especially when Opera’s window height is small (about 600-700 px on my 1080 screen). It looks that an unknown white bar overlaps the text.

    • andrew84

      confirm on w8.1×64

    • Ewa

      Hi, it’s already known bug; we’re on it.

  • sgrandin

    Useful changes, thanks. I’d still like to see a way for the user to open their (closed) designated start up page without having to close/restart Opera or waste space on an SD thumbnail/bookmark. There ought to be a way to allow your desired start page and the user’s to coexist in a functional manner, instead of in effect penalizing the user for preferring their own.

  • Tisa Sopha

    Still couldn’t input Japanese at all

  • nanana1

    The “Allow sites to run Flash” option works but does not stay on as it reverted to its recommended default setting after another browser startup.

    • Ewa

      Hi nanana1, bug confirmed and reported.

  • VPN – Is still horrible!!!
    Slow, and buggy (on the good days)! Bad days – arrgghhh.
    Locations are incorrect – ex – “Americas” is now part of Europe?
    And still switches to Russian language in Google search?
    We need a USA VPN location – as many Youtube (and other sites) videos etc.,do not list or show up from other locations / countries!!!

    “Now it’s possible to run Flash on all sites without request.”
    Thanks – missed that feature!
    Doesn’t stay that way as already reported – by nice to have that feature back!!

  • Yusei Jaden

    Thanks for this new version Opera. o/

    [ Opera Beta 51.0.2830.2 | Opera Developper 51.0.2802.0/ ]
    Since the 6th December 2017 ->
    All the buttons “enabled/disabled” are not fixed. ( opera://flags/ )

    Thank you to take into account my comment 🙂
    ( I have already notified the development team for more than a month )

  • Barbarus Notliel

    NICE! “Import bookmarks added in bookmarks manager”

  • Chawoobie

    Not sure if I just need a reinstall but…in Opera Stable, if I begin to enter a search item in Google, I get several possible “hits”. If I select one of them, I get a Google list of appropriate websites. However in Opera 51 Beta, if I begin to enter a search item in Google. I get several possible “hits”, but if I click on any of them, nothing happens! It seems that Google search freezes.

    • Ewa

      Hi Chawoobie,
      it’s already known issue.

  • Nekomajin43

    We asked you to make the pinned tab thing optional, but you just had to force it, right?

    • Cryio

      I don’t get it?

      • Nekomajin43

        Is there a switch in the settings to turn off the auto open feature of the pinned tabs?

        • Ewa

          “pin tab” feature is to keep tabs saved even after restart. You can just unpin/don’t pin tab if you don’t want to restore it.

          • Nekomajin43

            That’s what I don’t want to do. I usually keep one or two tabs pinned while browsing, but often have to launch the browser blank, for a short time. I don’t want to manually close each pinned tab, especially because I have to unpin them first, which is a lot of unnecessary clicks. I want to close the browser with one click, and that’s all.

            I can see why this feature is handy for many people, but not for everyone. We have asked to make it optional in the comments, but you have just introduced a feature AGAIN without making it optional, forcing every user to live with it. It was discussed SEVERAL times why it is a bad strategy, but you just don’t give a damn.

          • Ewa

            We just moved features from developer to beta stream.

            We’re considering all suggestions, but you have to admit that this is a corner case, so not with the highest priority. You can also use private mode and after restart you can have blank browser or add some pages to bookmarks to keep them saved.

          • Nekomajin43

            I know all the workarounds, I can even use an other browser. 😉 But, checking a single switch on startup to decide whether to load the pinned tabs or not, is not an unsolvable programming task.

            It’s not a corner case that some people want to use this feature while others do not.

            It seems to me, that Opera does not employ programmers but considerers. You just consider all the time and commit the same mistakes again and again.

          • Ewa

            I’m sorry, but I don’t get why you pin tabs then. 🙂

          • Nekomajin43


            First of all, it takes less place on the tab bar. Second, it prevents me from accidentally close them.

            You know, that’s the real problem behind this philosophy. You don’t need to know why I pin tabs. You don’t need to find out my routine. You have to develop tools, which I can use the way I want. That’s what me and many others have tried to explain you for years, but you keep going in the wrong direction, because you don’t want to understand the root of all problems.

          • Ewa

            Yes, it prevents from accidentally closing, so they are restored after restart. 🙂

            Knowledge how people use browser may let us find out what will be useful for users.

            As I remember, restoring pinned tabs was on your suggestions list. It’s possible we’ll improve this functionality as other our features, so stay tuned 😉

          • Nekomajin43

            My list of suggestions is a collection of popular requests around the blog and the forum.

            The most useful thing would be to let people decide what and how they use, instead of forcing your own preferences.

            The possible to improve thing means you caused me a lot of unnecessary trouble at least for a month and a half, but possible for more. Instead of doing it right the first time. That’s how you loose users.

  • Ariane Lu

    Can’t understand why this happen:

    I am using Opera with only one private window, some software at background request open a URL, then Opera open it in a normal window rather than open in the existed private window

    • Ari

      That’s OS related not Opera’s.

  • Izer0

    Still stay on O44, tabs unusable for power user with more than few tabs, low contrast UI tabs separator based on an Opera guy preferences that copies macos style bad – they understand usability and contrast.

    Bookmarks – slow and delete characters from search box when I type word quickly.

    Feature request – date added column for bookmarks & order, but it may be problem, because it may slowdown bookmarks totally with actual solution. Opera v45+ became funny styled Chrome 🙁

    Pinned to taskbar forced? Authoritarian style like with UI low contrast? Crying for the old good Opera.

  • Gordon Freeman

    “All bookmarks” is renamed as “Other bookmarks”.
    So German Translation should be renamed as “Andere Lesezeichen”.

  • Gordon Freeman

    If you call the Bookmarks the category “All bookmarks” has been displayed so far.
    With Opera 51 the category “Bookmarks bar” is displayed first what is not
    very helpful when the Bookmarks bar is turned on.
    So please keep the old behavior.

  • Artem

    Having a trouble with H.264 support on Ubuntu 16.04
    https://www.youtube.com/html5 says H.264 is not supported

    works fine in Firefox and Chrome, Opera beta 50 didn’t have any issues with it

    • L33t4opera

      Hi Artem, @graphitegb:disqus, you can try the lib from the opera-developer-ffmpeg-codecs package from Herecura’s repo. You can find more details here.

      • Artem

        @L33t4opera:disqus , thank. this advice was helpful. But it definitely should be fixed by the Opera team, but not an end user, especially since the fix is so obvious

  • Юлия

    Opera‘s VPN is slow. Very slow 🙁 It fluctuates between 70 and 140 kB/s, but for the most time it is 70. And it only fluctuates between these two hard values (which incidentally one is half the speed of the other), which makes me believe it is by design. I don’t remember it being so slow previously though. Here is Tor for reference, downloading the same file with 1,3 MB/s. You have to offer something better than other free alternatives, otherwise why should the user use Opera’s VPN feature in the first place? I don’t think “convenience” is a good enough argument, one click on Opera’s VPN badge is just as convenient as one click on Tor’s icon from taskbar.

  • Graphite GB

    version 51 (51.0.2830.2) drops H264 support on youtube.com and many other sites on linux
    only WebM is now supported…
    Will no longer function correctly on any H264 HTML5 site… this does not effect big brother chrome…

  • _artem_

    i already got opera 52 dev. where is blog post about it?

  • Geralt z Rivii


    Will the creators of the Opera to enable the option to choose the function that users want to use? So who wants to use the button + he should have the right to it, and who wants to use heart should use this button. Please give users option to set everything according to their preferences. There are people which want to use the function + which was in version 49 and are people which prefer to use the function of the heart. Option + does not have to be position by default, it would be good to enable this function in the Opera settings, for those who prefer to use this function, which is more convenient than choosing a heart. If you do not want to enter this option again, though, add the ability to automatically sort the added new bookmarks at the very end, because the currently added new bookmark has the first position on the bar. In Opera people have old bookmarks added to the bar, which have the first succession. For me, as an Opera user, this function is very useful and that’s why I keep talking about it.


  • Keiv M. Salmon

    page loading for me is very very slow in this version. and when the page is loaded but is a long page it freezes partway to load more content before it continues. and when it gets to another mark it freezes to load more content.

    anybody else experiencing similar? is this a bug or changes made to the engine/browser?

  • Keiv M. Salmon

    Oh. and audio for youtube videos continue for up to 5 seconds after i closed its Tab.

    what did you guys do to the browser?!?

  • Lay

    And your VPN still sucks. Before “region based” bullshit everything was awesome, Now I have to use another VPN.

  • novainc

    Would it be possible to add an option to switch between self adjusting and manual adjusting pop up video size? Before these updates it was possible to resize the video pop up however you wanted, with “excess” space becoming a black background.. this allowed me to use the video pop up as a “half screen window” and cover half the screen, even if the video itself was smaller and centered in the middle. Now whenever you want to resize the pop up video it will restrain you to the video aspect ratio, please make manual resizing optional so I can do the half screen video with the black background setup again!

  • L33t4opera

    New build – Opera beta 51.0.2830.8 😉

  • Pistej

    Pleas add more mouse gestures( be able define custom) + add scroll to top, scroll to bottom as gesture, (not double click on tab), + gesture (scroll) jump back to where you were before. Thx

  • Herr Pietrus

    I haven/t been here for a while nad… wow, I’m impressed! A lot of cool new features, especially fast navigation to the top and to the tab with the video.

  • TheLightofTheSpirit

    Why is scrolling performance so bad in Opera ?