Opera, Portable Edition 12.11 (web browser) Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on November 20, 2012 - 1:01pm

logoOpera, Portable Edition 12.11 has been released. Opera, Portable Edition is a lightweight, customizable browser designed for speed. It's the popular Opera™ web browser packaged as a portable app, so you can take your browser with you and it's in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. This release updates Opera to the latest version. It's freeware for personal and business use.

Opera, Portable Edition is packaged with permission from Opera Software ASA. Opera™ is a trademark of Opera Software ASA.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the PortableApps.com Platform.


screenshotOpera, Portable Editions's features include:

  • Mouse gestures - Perform common browser actions easily with quick movements of your mouse.
  • Opera Turbo - Speed up browsing on slow connections by compressing webpages before downloading them.
  • Speed Dial - Access your favorite webpages instantly with a single click.
  • Opera Link - Synchronize data of your choice online or across different computers and devices.
  • Customization - Change the layout of buttons and toolbars, or choose from many beautiful skins.
  • Opera Mail - Our built-in mail client lets you efficiently manage your email right from within Opera.
  • Opera Unite - With only a few clicks you can share photos, music, and more – right from your computer.
  • Content blocking - Control your view of webpages by easily removing annoying images, animations and content.
  • Sophisticated tabs - See your open webpages easily with visual tabs, or use private tabs to protect your privacy.

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PortableApps.com Installer / PortableApps.com Format

Opera, Portable Edition is packaged in a PortableApps.com Installer so it will automatically detect an existing PortableApps.com installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in PortableApps.com Format, so it automatically works with the PortableApps.com Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Opera, Portable Edition is available for immediate download from the Opera, Portable Edition homepage. Get it today!

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Am *not* impressed with the update behavior of this install file. It wiped out my custom menu, keyboard and toolbar INI files as well as my custom skin file.

Fortunately I had them all backed up, and when I copied them into their old locations and (perhaps unnecessarily) overwrote the operaprefs.ini with the backup copy, and restarted, everything looked fine.

This is not how an update install should work, right?

John T. Haller's picture

Where did you place them? They should only be placed within your profile folder in the Data directory. Same way you'd place them within APPDATA on your local PC rather than in the Program Files directory. Anything you place in the App\Opera directory will be wiped out on each upgrade. The App directory is off limits in all apps except for very specific exceptions for apps which use plugins within App\AppName\plugins or similar and have the installer set to preserve them.

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Well you got me there. I was incorrectly mapping my extensive experience with Opera non-portable setup onto what I found in the portable setup. I found the skins and ui subdirectories in the App\Opera directory, so assumed that was where I should add my own customized files.

I can move all my custom files into the Data directory somewhere and use about:config to tell Opera where to find them.

Thank you for the clarification.

John T. Haller's picture

Does it have a location within the profile directory either by default or one you can add? I'd think that would make the most sense, since you'd likely do it there on a local copy. Anywhere else would be a bit hacky in a multi-user scenario and I know other browsers like Firefox keep these types of things contained in the profile. That should preclude you from having to do any about:config customizations and ensure you don't lose your changes.

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I did create ui and skin subdirectories in the Data\profile directory for my relevant custom files. As you suggest, this makes sense, and it paralleled logically to the standard Opera setup. It may well be found by Opera without having to go the about:config route, or directly editing operaprefs.ini, but I did not test that.

I have always been the sole user of my machines, and have been using Opera and editing the main .ini settings file since version 3 came out ca. 1998, so am used to certain behavior where -- per my original post -- my expectations were initially confounded by the portable version.

The nonportable Opera is pretty clean as program installations go, and operationally is de facto portable. But it does have the annoying tendency of sprinkling one's Registry, the HKCR branch in particular, with useless keys. Glad to be able to kiss goodbye to those permanently.

I had this update wipe my settings twice now Sad
I can't get Opera installed on the PC at work, so I had just created an Opera folder on my desktop and ran and installed the portable version from there.

Am I supposed to install it in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Opera ?

John T. Haller's picture

If you run opera.exe directly or set it as your default browser, it runs in local mode.

If you shutdown your PC or eject without closing Opera Portable, it crashes it and you may lose your settings when you upgrade.

Otherwise, it will run from anywhere.

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So what is the best way for me to use it?
I use about 4 different PC's at work. Supposedly you can log in to any PC and the settings will be the same, but it's not the case as people add and remove things. I did have Opera installed normally, but it affected other users and made their default browser Opera. So it was removed and I thought I would run a portable version installing it in a folder on the desktop, with a short cut on the toolbar. I don't have it set as my default browser.
Does it save the settings in local mode and if so does that mean if I install the new version I should install it in there?

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I use Opera Portable on multiple PCs without issue and it works as I move it.

If you 'pinned' it to your taskbar, you pinned Opera itself and not Opera Portable, which will cause it to run in local mode. You can drag the OperaPortable.exe to your taskbar and run that. A second Opera icon will show while it is running. You can use mkshortcut to manually make them a single icon.

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John T. Haller's picture

We don't do 64-bit only packages as they're not portable. They won't run at all on all the 32-bit PCs you run into. And there are a lot of them, especially XP/Vista machines which are nearly all 32-bit. As such, we don't do 64-bit only packages.

We do a dozen or two apps as dual-mode apps that include both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the app with a launcher that automatically picks the right one for each PC and moves the settings to the right location so they are shared. But we only do this for apps that fit a set of guidelines outlined here: https://portableapps.com/node/24371

Opera 64-bit doesn't provide much of a performance boost. It gets a 10% or less boost on some specific browser speed tests, but in actual use, you won't notice the difference as the whole browser isn't 10% faster. Not enough to justify doubling the size of Opera Portable. And, last I heard, it had issues with 32-bit plugins and corruption issues.

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