Welcome to today’s article on how to install Opera Web Browser on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04. Opera is a widely used web browser based on the Chromium project. It is an open source, free, and secure web browser that can run on Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems. Opera web browser comes with a free built-in ad filtering and VPN service that guarantees private internet browsing experience.
The following are some of the key features of Opera Web Browser
- Battery saver: It is not a power intense browser hence ensures extended battery life on your computer.
- Snapshot: You’re able to capture and edit page screenshots with ease.
- Pop-up video: Play Videos from a web browser in a floating window.
- VPN for free: Ensures you have privacy and security while surfing on the internet
- Ad blocker : Block annoying advertisements and trackers using its free ad blocker.
- Messengers: Chat right in your browsers using messengers that comes with Opera
- Currency and unit converter: If you’re a business person you can enjoy currencies conversion feature in Opera browser
Now we’re through with the introduction and features of Opera Web browser, let’s jump to the actual installation of Opera Web Browser on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04.
Step 1: Add Opera APT repository to Ubuntu
An APT repository with the latest releases of Opera Web browser is provided for Debian based systems. Before adding the repository, let’s import repository GPG key:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install wget curl wget -qO- https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add - curl https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | gpg --dearmor > opera.gpg sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 opera.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
GPG key will be added inside the
$ ls /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/ opera.gpg ubuntu-keyring-2012-cdimage.gpg ubuntu-keyring-2018-archive.gpg
software-properties-common package which provides add-apt-repository used to add Opera repositories to our Ubuntu Linux.
sudo apt install lsb-release ca-certificates apt-transport-https software-properties-common -y
Use add-apt-repository command to add Opera repository:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=i386,amd64] https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free"
Step 2: Install Opera Web Browser on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04
Once the repository is added confirm it is working by doing downloading package information from all configured sources
$ sudo apt update Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-security InRelease [90.7 kB] Hit:2 https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable stable InRelease Hit:3 http://ke.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy InRelease Ign:4 http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/deb stable InRelease Hit:5 http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/deb stable Release Get:6 http://ke.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-updates InRelease [90.7 kB] Get:8 http://ke.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-backports InRelease [90.7 kB] Fetched 272 kB in 2s (147 kB/s) Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Reading state information... Done 45 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them.
Now install Opera web browser on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04:
sudo apt install opera-stable
Review dependencies and continue with the installation by pressing y or yes in your keyboard
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: libcamel-1.2-62 libdpkg-perl libextutils-pkgconfig-perl libfile-fcntllock-perl libgupnp-1.2-0 pkg-config Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them. The following additional packages will be installed: chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra Recommended packages: pepperflashplugin-nonfree The following NEW packages will be installed: chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra opera-stable 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 45 not upgraded. Need to get 78.8 MB of archives. After this operation, 239 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] yes
Also agree to the question “Do you want to update Opera together with the rest of the system?”
Installed package details including the version number can be checked with the
$ apt policy opera-stable opera-stable: Installed: 81.0.4196.37 Candidate: 81.0.4196.37 Version table: *** 81.0.4196.37 500 500 https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable stable/non-free amd64 Packages 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
Step 3:Use Opera Web Browser on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04
Installed Opera browser can be launched from the terminal
Or from Desktop Environment Applications search section.
We have completed the installation of Opera Web Browser on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04 Desktop system.
The ball is in your court now. Explore, customize and use it as default browser on Ubuntu. The ad blocker and VPN free services is a major win for Opera users.