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Backup your Opera files

It is recommended that you regularly back up your most important Opera files. Opera recommends backing up your files before upgrading, as well.

Locating your files is the first step. From the main menu, select About Opera to find the exact file path for your profile and data folders.

Not all files and folders listed below will be relevant for all users.

Files to back up

File name Description
Bookmarks Your bookmarks' metadata, for example name and location
BookmarksExtras Your bookmarks' associated thumbnail images
Cookies Your cookies (may not be essential, but you'll need to sign back in to web services if deleted)
Current Session Data about your current browsing session including open tabs, location on the page, form data, etc.
Extension Cookies Cookies associated with your installed extensions, for example location data for a weather extension
Favicons Favicons associated with pages added to your bookmarks bar
History Your browsing history
IndexedDB Data associated with sites you visit that use Mozilla's IndexedDB API, a structured database indexing system
Local State Your internal browser preferences, such as the last-seen version number and download location
Local Data Your saved, encrypted passwords readable only on the machine that created them
Preferences Your current browsing preferences and information about your profile
Visited Links The location of links you've already visited used by Opera to display them as visited
Web Data Your Autofill and other data imported from IE7

Folders to back up

Folder name Description
Extension Rules A storage area for your extensions' rules that need to be persisted
Extension State A storage area for your extension's states that need to be persisted
Extensions Your installed extensions
Local Extension Settings A storage area where your installed extensions can store local data
Local Storage A storage area where sites you visit, your extensions and Opera can store local data
Sync Data A storage area for synchronized browsing data (sync services should still work if deleted, but your Opera account may become unstable)
databases A storage area where sites you visit can store local data
themes A storage area for your downloaded or manually-installed themes

If Opera crashes

There are a few steps you can take to help restore your Opera browser to working order. Even if the steps here help you, sending Opera a crashlog report, including details of what you were doing when Opera froze, helps us fix future browsers. This way we can help others that may experience the same problem.

If Opera crashes, a dialog displays asking if you want to send a report about the problem. The report includes technical details of the crash and any relevant comments you wish to include. This information helps make Opera even more stable and reliable. Provide some details about what you were doing with the browser when it crashed into the text field, then click Send Report.

If restarting the browser application does not solve the problem, you may want to download and install a clean version. We recommend you back up your Opera files before clean installing.

To clean install Opera:

  1. Uninstall the Opera application from your computer.
  2. Delete your Opera profile data.
  3. Download the latest version of Opera.
  4. Install your new, clean version.

If a clean install solves the issue, you can copy over your backed up files into your new Opera profile. If this causes Opera to crash again, remove your browsing data.

If Opera still crashes, submit a bug report. Compress your Opera profile folder using .zip, .rar, or 7zip, and send it along with your report. If you find the file that makes Opera crash, specify this in the bug report.

Note: Opera only uses the files you send to reproduce the issue. You may choose to remove files that contain sensitive data to protect your privacy; however, if removing these files resolves the crash, we will not be able to reproduce it and fix the problem. For more information, see our Privacy Statement.

A note on older versions

While we recommend that you use the latest version of Opera, we understand that sometimes this might not be possible, depending on your hardware and operating system. Opera may run on older hardware and older versions of operating systems; however, it is likely that it will be less usable. You can download some earlier versions of Opera that may work with your system from the Opera FTP archive. Be aware that these versions are no longer supported, meaning they may be prone to decreased security and/or stability.

Report issues with sites or with the browser

Some websites and services may not function exactly as you would expect in Opera. This could be caused by website authors tailoring their services for one particular web browser.

If a site is not displaying or behaving correctly in Opera, you can let us know about it. Visit our bug report wizard to tell us about the issue. Please specify how severe you think the problem is and add a comment detailing your experience.