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Very long extension moderation process

  • My Extension now was finally published Sep 29, 2017 8:43:08 AM UTC so it took 24 days.

    I also got this message from moderator:
    'Sorry it took so long, unlike Chrome we have a manual review process to make sure that all extensions are safe for our users.'

  • Well, my two extensions were also published today, after 35 days.

    The first one was published 45 minutes after the extension of @nirantali, at Sep 29 2017 9:28:19 AM UTC, and the second one was published 3 minutes later, at Sep 29, 2017 9:26:13 AM UTC.

    Thank you to the Opera Extensions Team.

  • Hello,

    Here are few things we would like to share with you.

    All our moderation is currently done manually. We have two queues: the first is for updated extensions, kept with minimum delay, and the second is for new extensions. The second takes time, as you have already noticed.

    To help us speed up the extensions moderation process, here is what you can do:

    • Prepare small updates for extensions. The less code submitted, the faster the updating process will go.
    • Give us a detailed changelog, if possible
    • When attaching screenshots of the extension, use ones made in the Opera browser
    • Make sure you provide the correct Summary and Description in all languages
    • Descriptions should be in a declared language rather than English (i.e. Russian extensions should have description in Russian)
    • In manifest.json, use minimized set of permissions
    • Use content script only for needed domains (i.e. use "://" instead of <all_urls> for a Youtube-only extension)
    • Remove all unnecessary files
    • If you use third party libraries, use versions from official sites (best to add specific links) or add versions from
    • If you obfuscate or minify your extension, add on a wall URL to your source code and give us the exact instruction on how to build it - best if you provide the building script

    We are currently trying to work on a better first time experience and on ways to get initial versions of extensions into our store. Stay tuned.

  • More than a month, and my extensions are still awaiting verification. It's a joke?

  • Same here, almost 6 weeks for a new extension.

  • Hello, While the extension is under moderation I have submitted 3 more versions. Note that mine ( is an updated extension case, not a new one. However I noticed that I got emails from Opera saying my submission is rejected without any reason. For reason I was asked to check the submission wall. When I checked there, it is still saying "Awaiting Moderation" and I could not see any rejection. Am I missing anything?


  • Worse is that they snoop ur posted ext and add block code to next release 😕

    I made a simple Google Search redirect ext and obviously they didn't like it - and after updating to latest Opera the ext didn't work anymore 😕

  • I’ve been waiting about a month as well. At this rate, my next version will be ready for release before this one gets approved 😢

  • Good news - My two extensions got published 32 hours after submitting updates. It may have helped that I submitted a Comment containing a short (~50 words) change summary with each one.

  • You think you got it bad...I've been waiting 9 months for my extension :S

    ID: hlehbmfgofjjmcoofgleppbdlelnklna

  • No, @iann0036, as I said at the beginning of my post, I think 32 hours is good. I think I got it good.

  • I have same problem. I already published in Chrome and FireFox. Everything is ok. But in Opera add-on I'm waiting moderation from November 2. Is it possible to speed up the process?

  • I am also facing this issue, I had submitted my add-on on Oct 30 and it's still awaiting moderation(Today is Nov 21). Can anyone please tell me when can I expect the approval of my add-on?

  • I'm waiting since 3 months now, submitted it at 11.09.17
    How long does this take? At Mozilla my Addon was approved and published within 24 hours.

  • The process s truly unbearable!

    Perhaps Opera could adopt FF/MZ webext base?

  • Hi, about 3 three weeks waiting for the check my add-on ID: mecgepimehgjdcpfgolgbklmaafhkeoc

  • Oh, that's nothing. My last approval was on June 2017.

    Fast forward till February 2018, still no answer for any of the last 5 submissions.

    I don't know how Opera selects the reviewers, but it's doing a very bad job at managing this situation. My only explanation is that even reviewers are not motivated at all to continue doing this.

  • If I didn't know better, one would think this was M$ the topic was about.

  • same issue here 😞
    i've been waiting since Jan 20 2018.

  • We have same issue with our addon WebRTC Leak Shield, which is a very basic extension. We have been waiting for over 1,5 month now. We got same extension enabled by Chrome Webstore AND Mozilla AMO in few minutes.
    The thing is that this is not even our main extension. We have another VPN extension which has over 1,5 millions users on Chrome and Firefox, we would like to publish also for Opera. But seeing that such a basic extension needs a review time of over 1 month is insane. Our main extension depends on this extension and has more code. We are afraid that this will take over a year to get enabled. Can you guys please at least give a short feedback about the review time to be expected.

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