Opera e-mail on Linux

  • Hello,

    how can I get access to my e-mails which I used to read with opera's new version?
    I just upgraded opera and now I can't find my e-mails any more. But I had some important messages in my e-mail account, which I still need. So how can I find them again after the upgrade?

    Bye Ralf

  • New Opera doesn't support email. On the other hand, the storage format is pretty standard, so you should be able to import them into some other program.

  • Sylpheed (and I assume Claws Mail) can import Opera's mbox files that are in its store folder. Thunderbird can do that too with the import/export tools extension. There are also mbox converter programs you can find on the net to convert to other formats.

    But, you can install Opera 12 still and use it just for email. In the advanced preferences under "programs", you should be able to add/set the http and https protocols to open with the browser of your choice so that links in emails open in your browser.

    You can use the -pd "path to folder" switch to run Opera 12 with a specific profile folder.

    You should also be able to move your old wand.dat, contacts.adr, operaprefs.ini, opcert6.dat and "mail" folder to that folder. Then, you won't have to set up anything and your mail will just be back like it was.

    Haven't checked though, but I assume the new Opera uses .operasoftware for profile folder instead of .opera. If so, you should be able to install Opera 12 again where it just uses .opera without any changes. But, I'm not sure what the upgrade process does. If it does something, you should still be able to fix it up and use Opera 12 again without have to create accounts and import anything.

    When using the old operaprefs.ini though, make sure there are no settings in the file that use paths so that Opera uses the default paths. Of course, if you have a custom mail folder location, make sure to keep the the Mail Root Directory setting. Likewise, do the same for any other path settings you want to keep.

  • Thank you for your hints.
    Why does opera not support e-mail any more?
    That was one of the benefits of opera to have one application for browsing and e-mail. So why is this changed?
    I read something about opera e-mail now. Can I use this also?

    Bye Ralf

  • The standalone email client Opera Mail was never released for Linux, unfortunately. You could run the Windows version under wine or virtual box.

    When Opera abandoned their own Presto rendering engine in favor of Chromium, they decided it would be too much work to try to reimplement the mail client.

  • Ok, but I think, this was a stupid decision. For me in this case opera is no option any more to be used by me.

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