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[FAQ] Installing Opera on non Debian/Ubuntu based systems

  • Whilst we currently only provide .deb packages, it is possible to install Opera on different distros. Some distros already provide repacks. Check your distro's repositories and see if a recent version of Opera is already available. Arch, Gentoo and PCLinuxOS provide it directly. Additionally Fedora and openSUSE users can setup one of my Opera repositories for Fedora and openSUSE to get Opera with updates.

    If your distro of choice does not offer Opera, ask them if they would consider it. Otherwise I have a couple of generic options for you.

    If you are running an RPM-based distro I have written a script that fetches and converts the latest available .deb to .rpm format. For those on distros using another packaging format use my alternative install script or read my manual install notes.

    If you just want to quickly try a developer build and don't trust lengthy install scripts, the following will get you a basic install for testing purposes (replace opera.deb, with the name of the package you downloaded).

    Firstly, extract the tar archive from within our .deb package (you will need the binutils package installed):

    ar p opera.deb data.tar.xz | xz -d > data.tar

    Now issue the following as root (or add sudo in front of tar and chmod):

    tar -xf data.tar -C /opt --strip=4 ./usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera-developer
    chmod 4755 /opt/opera-developer/opera_sandbox

    Opera is now installed into /opt. To run it, issue the following as your regular user:

    /opt/opera-developer/opera-developer &

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  • Silly question, I know, but you'll never know unless you ask. 🙂

    ruario, Is this set of scripts for 64bit systems only ?.

  • The script automatically fetches a package for your architecture. Since we only have 64-Bit packages, it will only work on 64-Bit systems.

    P.S. Not a silly question. If you don't know it is always good to ask! 😉

  • Thanks ruario, just thought I'd check.

  • Thanks ruario, just thought I'd check.

    Always best to ask! 🙂

    P.S. I have updated the original post with new information.

  • When will there be a 32-bit deb package available for Linux?

  • When will there be a 32-bit deb package available for Linux?