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Automatic installation of Opera extension

  • Hello!
    I'm developing an native messaging application for Opera. I have already done it for Chrome and Firefox, so I hope Opera will be next. I have some questions:

    1. I have a Windows installer, which installs an extension from store into Chrome. An user only needs to agree this installation with no need to visit a Chrome store. Does Opera has a mechanism to install an extension automatically form installer (regystry keys, packaged extension or something else)?

    2. There is an instruction (https://dev.opera.com/extensions/message-passing/) of installing native hosts.

    Location of the manifest file depends on the platform:

    • Windows: The manifest file can be located anywhere in the file system. The application installer must create registry key
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\NativeMessagingHosts\com.my_company.my_application
      and set default value of that key to the full path to the manifest file.

    • OSX: The manifest file must be placed at
      ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/NativeMessagingHosts/

    • Linux: The manifest file must be placed at
      /etc/opt/chrome/native-messaging-hosts

      Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is supposed to be used for installation for all users of a machine. How can I install native messaging host for only local user? For example, Chrome allows such an installatian (https://developer.chrome.com/apps/nativeMessaging#native-messaging-host-location).

  • Not sure but I think Opera no longer allows installing extensions from outside of the Add-ons store.

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