Share and connect


Opera provides an integrated chat client with all the essential features you need to easily communicate.

Start chatting

To connect to a room for the first time:

  1. Go to Mail and Chat Accounts
  2. Click “Add”, then select “Chat (IRC)”.
  3. Fill in your real name (or something else if you want more privacy) and your email address .
  4. Enter the nickname (nick) as you would like it to appear in the chat. This may be restricted to 9 characters on some servers.
  5. Choose a chat server to connect to.
  6. Click “Finish” to create the account. The list of available rooms is automatically downloaded from the server and displayed.
  7. Select a room from the list by double-clicking it. For more information, see the Find a chat room topic below.
  8. A new tab opens with the chat toolbar and chat window displayed.
    • The main part of the chat window shows the communication between all the people in the room
    • The number of people and the topic for the room are shown at the top
    • The list of people in the room is on the right-hand side. If a name is bold, the person is an operator, with special administrative permissions.
  9. To say something in the room, write a message in the input field at the bottom and press Enter. To add personality, add a graphical smiley from selecting the Smiley button on the Chat toolbar. Also see the Chat shortcuts and smileystopic below.

Note: If there are many users on a chat server, it can take some time before messages are delivered.

Find a chat room

To display a list of available rooms at any time, from the chat toolbar, click the List Rooms button. The Chat Rooms dialog displays.

  • To find a particular room, type a search query in the search field.
  • To sort the room list, click the column headers.
  • To join a room, double-click it.
  • To enter a room that does not appear in the list, click “Add”. See more information in the Create a chat room topic below.

All rooms you join are saved in the Chat panel, grouped under the relevant chat server. Click the name of a previously visited room to join.

Use Chat

Action How to do it
Get someone’s attention Start a message with their nick (nickname). Type the first letters of the nick and press Tab to auto-complete. This will highlight the message on the person’s screen in most chat clients.
Denote a spoken “action” Type “/me” then action, for example “/me sings”. Spoken actions appear in magenta.
Change your nick (name) Click Change nick and type a new name.
Update your status Click the Status button on the toolbar and select a status. This is useful if you are talking on the phone or have to leave your desk for a while
Start a private chat Double-click a nick or right-click a nick in the right-hand list. When chatting privately, a small toolbar is displayed with the same options as the right-click menu of the nickname list.
Accept a private chat request When someone sends you a private message to start a chat, a new tab pops up with the person’s nick on the tab. Click the tab and chat.
Get information about someone in the chat room Right-click a nick in the right-hand list and select “Who is”.
Save or edit contact information To link someone’s chat nickname to their information in your contacts list, select “Add Nickname to Contact”. When you do this, their nickname will display in the Chat panel whenever they are logged on to the same server. You can click the name to start a private chat.
Send someone an email message Right-click their nick in the right-hand list and select “Send email”. This is only possible if you have recorded their email address.
Send someone a file Right-click their nick in the right-hand list and select “Send file”.

Create a chat room

To create your own chat room and become the operator, click the List Rooms button from the toolbar and enter the name of the room you wish to create. Room names cannot be duplicated so if your choice is taken, you need to pick a different name. If a room with the name you chose is already created, you will just join the room as a normal user.

Room settings

In some rooms, only operators may change settings, such as the room’s topic, visibility in room lists, and password protection. Click “Properties” on the toolbar to see if you are allowed to change any of these.

Room operator

When you create a new room, you automatically become operator of the room. When right-clicking a nick in the list, operators get a “Control” sub-menu that lets them:

  • Grant and take away operator status
  • Allow or deny people to talk in the room (“voice”)
  • Kick misbehaving people from the channel

Account properties

Go to Mail and Chat Accounts to fine-tune your account settings, such as:

  • Chat server port number (default is 6667)
  • Secure connection (required by some chat servers)
  • Encoding for international characters (if you see weird characters, ask other people for the correct value to use for your language)

Note that you can set up as many accounts as you like, which allows you to connect to multiple chat servers simultaneously.

Chat shortcuts and smileys

Chat room commands

There are toolbar buttons and menu choices available for most of your chat command needs, but if you prefer to type commands, you can use standard IRC commands while chatting in Opera. These are some of the most frequently used commands:

  • /j or /join [name of room] to join a particular chat room.
  • /msg [nickname] [message] to send a private message to another user.
  • /nick [nickname] to change your own nickname.
  • /whois [nickname] to get more information about a user.
  • /invite [nickname] [name of room] to invite a user to your chat room.
  • /part [name of room] to leave a particular room.
  • /quit to disconnect from chat.


To add personality to your chat, you can use graphical smileys from the chat toolbar. If you prefer, you can use shortcuts to produce smileys, as outlined below.

Smiley Characters Description
  • :)
  • :-)
  • =)
  • :(
  • :-(
  • ;)
  • ;-)
  • :o
  • :-O
  • :D
  • :-D
  • 8-)
  • 8-D
  • :|
  • :-|
  • :'(
  • :@
  • :-@
  • :p
  • :-P
  • '<


This topic explains how to use Opera for feed subscriptions.


Feeds let you receive messages from newspapers and other information sources on the web. Rather than visiting a newspaper website checking for updates all the time, you can subscribe to the site's feed, and receive news summaries like you receive email messages.

Subscribing to feeds

Opera automatically recognizes correctly-coded RSS and Atom feeds. A link to a feed may be found on the page you are visiting, or it may appear as a small RSS icon in the address field. When you click the link or RSS icon, a preview to the feed displays. If you decide to subscribe, simply click "Subscribe" and the feed is automatically recognized and added to your feed list.

The first time you subscribe to a feed, the Feeds item is added to the menu, and a "Feeds" heading appears in your Mail panel.

You can Ctrl-click the "Feeds" entry in the Mail panel and select "Add Feed" to add a new feed.

All feeds that you subscribe to will be available in the Feeds menu.

Note that it may take a while for the server to send you the first feed items after you subscribe.

Managing feeds

Feed items are managed in the same way as email messages and can be searched, forwarded by email, and so on.

By default, Opera requests feed updates every three hours while the browser is running. You can change this setting individually for each subscription. Please note that very frequent requests are likely to generate too much traffic for some servers.

Email and news


Opera's news and email client is built-in to the Opera desktop browser, and is designed for speed, elegance, and user friendliness.

All messages you receive are automatically sorted by date. They are kept in a single database and can therefore appear in multiple views without copying and moving.

What you need to get started

To use Opera Mail, all you need is:

  • The Opera desktop browser installed on your PC.
  • An email address and service that offers IMAP or POP access to your inbox, for example, FastMail.FM, Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL. For details, see the tutorial.

To make Opera your default email client on Mac, take the following steps:

  1. Open Apple Mail (
  2. In Apple Mail preferences, set the default email reader option to Opera.

Import messages and set up Opera Mail

Follow this procedure to set up Opera Mail and import messages, contact information, and settings from other email clients:

  1. Select Tools > Mail Accounts.
  2. Click “Add” and select “Import email”.
  3. Select the email client to import from.
  4. If Opera has not located the correct folder, click “Choose” to select the folder the messages are located in.
  5. Select which account to import into; choose “New account” to import to a fresh account.
  6. Select whether to import settings, contacts, messages, or a combination.
  7. Click “Import” to start importing.

Imported messages are treated as follows:

  • Your old folder tree is under “Labels” in the Mail panel.
  • Messages in your old Outbox, Sent, Drafts, and Trash folders are in the corresponding views.
  • All old incoming messages (from your inbox and folder tree) appear in the Received view.

Set up a new account

Follow this procedure to set up a brand new Opera Mail account without importing any old messages:

  1. Select Tools > Mail Accounts.
  2. Click “Add” and select the type of email account you want.
  3. Enter your name, email address, and optionally an organization you belong to.
  4. Enter your user (log-in) name and password (given to you by your service provider).
  5. Enter mail server information from your service provider, if not already completed for you.
  6. Click “Finish” to create the account.

Messages that are not already on your computer will then be downloaded from the mail server.

For more, see the tutorial.

Writing messages

  • Click the “Compose” button in the Mail panel or press ⌘ + Option + M or Ctrl + M to compose a new message. Your message is automatically saved as a draft and remains in the Draft view if you don't send it. If you decide not to keep it as a draft, just click “Discard Draft” at the top-left.
  • Auto-completion of email addresses will be offered for contacts.
  • To add files to the message, click “Attach”.
  • To enable rich text composition, click the “Use HTML formatting” button in the top-right section of the compose window. To return to plain text, click the “Use Plain Text” button next to this.
  • Your message is automatically checked for spelling and errors are marked by a dotted red line. Ctrl-click for a list of spelling suggestions. See Spell Checker for more details.
  • To add a graphical smiley, just type :) or :(, or Ctrl-click to display the context menu and select Insert > Smiley.
  • Send the message by clicking the “Send” button.
  • Double-click a message in the Drafts view to continue editing a draft.
  • Double-click a message in the Sent view to edit and resend an old message.

You can also change the settings for the compose window. Click the “Settings” button at the top-right and choose from these actions:

  • Change the compose window layout to fit the full window width by clicking “Maximize Messages”.
  • Customize the mail fields that are displayed by checking or unchecking the fields listed.
  • Edit your signature. You can even apply the change to your signature on all your accounts.
  • Change the “sent” email address to a different one (this must be another account you have set up in Opera Mail, such as an alias).

For more, see the tutorial.

Reading messages

  • New messages are downloaded to your computer at regular intervals, but you can also to do this manually, for example, if you are using a dial-up connection. Click the “Check/Send” icon in the Mail panel or press ⌘ + Option + K or Ctrl + K.
  • To go through new messages, display the Unread view.
  • Messages that appear in blue have not yet been seen (selected by a cursor).
  • Message threads are shown by default. To hide threads, select the Threads icon above the list and change the settings.
  • To find messages quickly, use the search field at the top of the list. Messages are sorted as you type.
  • To quickly mark a message as “read” and remove it from the Unread view, highlight it and press G. The next unread message displays.
  • In the Received view, messages that have been marked as read are not in bold, and are preceded by an empty circle rather than a dot.
  • To “pin” an important message, click the pin at the top-right of the message (or, in the message list, click the dot to the left). Pinned messages are shown under the Pinned category header, so you can find them quickly.
  • Deleted messages: When you delete an email message from an ordinary view, it is not actually deleted, but moved to the Trash view. To get back a deleted message, open the Trash view and click the "Undelete" button, shown as a Trash icon. To delete a message permanently, delete it from the Trash view. To delete all messages in Trash, Ctrl-click the Mail panel and select “Empty trash”.

To sort listed messages, click the “Settings for this view” button at the top-right of the message list and choose an option.

Respond to a message

To respond to a message you received, you can use the toolbar above it to reply, forward, mark as read or spam, delete or label it. Alternatively, you can Ctrl-click it in the message list for more options.

Quick Reply helps you reply easily to messages by placing a message reply window directly below the message. To enable this, click the “Default Mail Settings” icon at the top-right of the message display and check “Show Quick Reply”.

For more, see the tutorial.

Organizing messages

The mail panel displays a tree of views that organize your messages. Note the following details about the view tree:

  • Click the category header (for example “All messages” or “Labels”) to show or hide all of the underlying views. Ctrl-click a category header and select “Customize” to selectively show or hide individual views.
  • Click a view to show the messages it contains.
  • Bold views contain unread messages.
  • You can navigate the tree with the cursor keys. See keyboard navigation for a list of panel shortcut keys.
  • Categories can be reorganized by dragging and dropping them. To restore the default ordering, select the settings icon at the top-right of the panel, and choose “Reset Mail Panel to Default”.
  • Ctrl-click a view in the panel to display a context menu with more options, listed below.



Creating your own labels

Opera Mail sorts messages automatically, but if you want to organize your messages even more, you can create your own labels. Each label shows as a separate view under the Labels category in the Mail panel for easy access. Top-level labels are created by Ctrl-clicking anywhere inside the Mail panel and selecting “New Label”.

Label messages manually by clicking the Label icon and selecting from the default labels, or creating a new one. Alternatively, ctrl-click a displayed message and select “Label As”.

If you want Opera Mail to automatically sort your mail into particular labels, you can set up specific rules for message sorting. Each message can appear in as many views as you like. To edit the name of a label or the rules associated with it, Ctrl-click the label in the panel, and select “Properties” from the context menu.

For more, see the tutorial.


The spam view separates advertisements and unwanted messages from messages in other views. By default, Opera's internal spam filter is set to medium strength, and it will analyze messages that are added to and removed from it to continually improve its automated sorting.

The internal spam filter examines messages for suspicious content, missing sender address, and so forth. If too many questionable matters are found, the message is considered spam. You can change the spam filter settings by Ctrl-clicking “Spam” in the panel and selecting “Properties” from its context menu.

To quickly retrieve particular messages, type your search term into the search field above the message list. You can choose to search all messages or just a particular view, by selecting the button options offered. Click the “Save Search” button to save the search as a label so you can use it another time.

Opera Mail settings

To change the settings, you can use these icons:

Image Item Explanation
  • Default Mail Settings
Change overall layout, sorting, threading, and options for plain text, fit to width, Quick Reply or marking as read; changes are applied across all views in Opera Mail
  • Settings for This View
Change sorting, threading and categories for the selected view only; any changes are not applied to any other view
  • Show Message Thread
Display, follow or ignore threads, or mark threads as read

For more, see the tutorial.

Managing accounts

You can choose different settings for each of your accounts in Tools > Mail Accounts.


  • The account name is only used within Opera, not in your messages.
  • Do not set up an email account to use both POP and IMAP simultaneously as this is likely to cause problems. Use either POP or IMAP for each account. For more about IMAP, see the tutorial.
  • Use account categories to select between groups of accounts, for example, you can display just your three work accounts, or your two home accounts.
  • Your name and email address appear in outgoing messages, for example Nice Person <>.
  • Outgoing messages can indicate an organization you belong to (optional).
  • Outgoing messages can indicate an alternate address people should send replies to (optional).
  • You can send copies (Cc) or blind copies (Bcc) of all messages sent from the account to a particular email address (optional).

For more, see the tutorial.


Enter the email or news account information you received from your service provider, or contact them if you're missing information.


  • Leaving messages on a server makes it possible to retrieve the messages again from another computer.
  • If you read messages from multiple computers, they can be marked automatically if you have already downloaded (read) them from another computer.
  • You can choose whether to download message bodies while checking messages or when reading each individual message.
  • IMAP users can also choose whether or not to store local copies of downloaded message bodies.
  • You can choose how often to check for new messages automatically and which accounts to include.
  • You can decide which accounts to include when you check for new messages manually.
  • You can have a sound played when you get new messages.

Low-bandwidth mode

Low-bandwidth mode is a setting on mail accounts that uses as little bandwidth as possible. For POP, this means that Opera does not fetch more than the first 100 lines of a message unless requested. For IMAP, Opera only synchronizes new messages and does not fetch attachments unless requested. This mode is not advised if you set a POP account to delete message after X days, as messages that are not completely downloaded will be removed from the server and you will not be able to retrieve the complete message.


  • International users may need to specify a character set for their language.
  • Enable format=flowed wrapping in messages, and wrap at 76 characters for legacy clients (those without format=flowed).
  • Enable queueing to have messages sent in batches when you click the "Send" button (useful if you have a dial-up connection).
  • When sending or replying to a message, you can have all recipients automatically added to your contact list.
  • Specify a signature that will appear at the bottom of all messages you send.


You can also subscribe to newsgroups, which are online discussion forums focusing on a particular topic. By subscribing to a newsgroup, you will receive a message whenever an item for discussion is posted.

Subscribing to newsgroups

To subscribe to a newsgroup, set up a news account the same way you set up an email account.


  • For account type, select "Newsgroups".
  • Enter the news server information provided by your service provider or the newsgroup. For example, for Opera newsgroups, enter “” for both servers.
  • From the list of newsgroups for that news server, select the ones you want by checking next to them.

Once you have an account set up for a particular news server, you can add more newsgroups by selecting Mail > Newsgroups from the main menu. For a newsgroup on another news server, you need to set up another newsgroup account.

Reading news

To read a newsgroup discussion, click the group you want to read under the "News" category header in your Mail panel. Reading and writing news articles is very similar to working with email messages. Note the following tips:

  • Click “Reply” to post a follow-up article, as an answer to the article you are currently reading.
  • Click “Reply all” to both post a follow-up and reply to the author by email.
  • Enter a comma-separated list of groups if you want to post your article in multiple groups (called “cross-posting”).
  • Enter email addresses in the CC field to send people copies of the article by email.
  • Deleting a news article only deletes your local copy.
  • Use “Cancel post” to attempt to delete an article from server. This is respected by some, but not all, news servers.

For more, see the tutorial.

Opera Unite

Important message: From Opera 12, Opera Unite has been removed by default for new users and will eventually be phased out. We encourage all developers to move their solutions to the extension platform.


Opera Unite is a technology that makes your browser into a personal web server. With Opera Unite, you are both client and server, both visitor and host. You receive web content, and you also provide it. And you remain in control: your data stays on your computer, and you decide with whom you will share it.

To make it easy to manage your web server and to give it useful functionality, Opera Unite includes numerous applications. By default, the following applications are included:

File Sharing
Makes your files accessible from other computers
A place to leave notes
Media Player
Streams your music
Enables communication with your My Opera friends
Photo Sharing
Presents your photos as a gallery or slideshow
Web Server
Displays your webpages

Additional applications are available from

To use Opera Unite, you need an Opera account. The username and password for your Opera account is also valid on the My Opera community website, the developer site Dev.Opera, and with Opera Link.

Note: Since Opera Unite applications are available through Opera, and the data is stored only on your computer, your applications will be unavailable once you have exited Opera or shut down your computer.

Enabling Opera Unite

To enable Opera Unite, take the following steps:

  1. Go to Add-ons: Opera Unite.
  2. A wizard helps you to sign up for an Opera account. If you already have an Opera account, click on the button marked "I already have an account".
  3. During signup, choose a "computer name", so that the web server attached to this instance of the browser will have a unique name, and will be accessible to others. The web server address has the form, where "username" is the username attached to your Opera account, and "computername" is the computer name you have chosen.
  4. The "Advanced Settings" button regulates the degree to which your applications are visible to others.

You can at any time disable Opera Unite, stopping all applications, by taking one of the following steps:

  • Select Tools > Opera Unite Server > Configure from the menu, and choose "Disable Opera Unite".
  • Click on the Opera Unite icon on the status bar, select "Configure" and choose "Disable Opera Unite".

Managing applications

Applications are managed from the Unite panel. There are numerous ways to open the panel, including the following two:

  • Select Tools > Opera Unite Server > Manage Applications from the menu.
  • Click on the Opera Unite icon on the status bar, and select Manage Applications.

To start an application, take the following steps:

  1. Select an application from the Unite panel, and click on "Start". Alternatively, double click the application, or right click and choose "Start".
  2. The application explains what you have to do. For content-sharing applications, choose a folder on your computer where you will place the shared content. The "Advanced Settings" drop-down regulates the degree to which this application is visible to others.
  3. The presentation of an application depends on your relation to it. By default, you will be presented with the owner's view, with visible passwords that can be changed by clicking a form element. To see the application as a visitor would see it, click on "Preview as visitor".
  4. By default, content-sharing applications are password protected. To make an application open and accessible to everyone, select the radio button marked "Public".
  5. The activity level of running applications is indicated in the Unite panel.

To stop a running application, highlight the application in the Unite panel and click "Stop", or right-click the application and select "Stop". Note that disabling Opera Unite, exiting Opera, or shutting down your computer will stop all applications.

Visiting applications

So that visitors can see your application, you have to give them its web address, and possibly a password.

All running applications are assigned a unique web address. In the owner's view, the web address is written on the upper right side of the page (under "Sharing"), with the password just below. You do not need Opera to visit an application; any standards-compliant browser will do.

Share menu

With OS X Mountain Lion and later, you can share your latest favorite link, photo, video, or comment. Just click the Share button in Opera’s address field to see the Share menu, and choose from services such as Twitter or Facebook.