Browsers are not merely just a website browsing instrument, you can do a lot more. Here in this article, we learn the steps to install Opera Browser in Debian Linux such as Bookworm 12 and Bullseye 11.
Opera was developed by the Norwegian software company and is a well-stabled browser. It was first released in 1995, and since then it has been a preferable choice for many users. Although many users shifted to Google Chrome, there was a time when Opera was the first choice of everyone because of its interface, tabs-based browsing, and other unique features.
But Opera never stopped adding new & innovative features to its browser. Features like Opera Turbo, a built-in ad blocker, and a free VPN service to enhance user privacy and protection are a few which still make it worth trying. Albeit it is based on Chromium but its looks and feels are completely different from other Chromium-based browsers such as Edge, Brave, and Google Chrome
Further, its unique feature called Opera Flow allows users to seamlessly share links, notes, and files between their desktop and mobile devices.
Here we discuss the steps to install Opera on Debian 12, 11, and 10.
1. Open Command Terminal
On your Debian desktop, from the application library open the command terminal. We are using it because here we are going for the official Opera repository for Linux.
Now, also run the system update command and install a few required packages to perform this tutorial.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
2. Get GPG Key
Packages we download from any added repository on Linux are signed with a unique public key. So, before adding the Opera repository, add the GPG key used to sign its browser’s packages.
wget -O- https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/opera.gpg
3. Add Opera Repository on Debian Linux
The next task is to add the official Opera package repository meant to download and install the browser for Debian-based Linux.
echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/opera.gpg] https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list
After adding the repository, run the system update command once again to rebuild the APT repository cache.
sudo apt update
4. Installing Opera browser on Debian 12, 11, or 10
Now, it is time to use the added repo and download the Opera browser to install it on our Debian Linux using the default APT package manager. The command to do that is like any other software package installation on Deb-based Linux.
sudo apt install opera-stable
The above command is meant to use by the general users of Linux systems who want the stable and well-tested version of the Opera browser. However, there are few who want to try the latest features before anyone else, they can go for the beta version; whereas if you want to test early features or you’re a developer then can opt for the Dev version of the browser.
To get the Beta version on your Debian Linux:
sudo apt install opera-beta
For Developers, who want to test early updates which are not well-tested.
sudo apt install opera-developer
5. Run the browser
Launching of the Opera browser on Debian Linux can be done using the command terminal or Graphical user interface.
If you want to run the browser using the terminal, then in that type:
Where those who want to use the GUI, can click on the Activities button and there search for it. As the icon of the Opera browser appears, click to run the application.
6. How to Apply future updates
We have used the official Opera repository to install it on our Linux system, therefore in the future, if any new version or update is available simply run the system update command and it will be on your system.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
7. Opera Linux Uninstallation
Didn’t like Opera even though it is a good browser and now you are looking for a way to completely remove it from your Debian Linux, then here is the command to follow:
For stable version:
sudo apt autoremove --purge opera-stable -y
For Beta One:
sudo apt autoremove --purge opera-beta -y
And to uninstall the Developer version:
sudo apt autoremove --purge opera-developer -y
To remove the repository as well, execute.
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list
To delete the GPG key:
sudo rm usr/share/keyrings/opera.gpg
Overall, Opera browser’s installation on Debian 12, 11, or 10 is quite easy, the only thing we need is its repository. After that, we can enjoy its innovation, speed, and unique features such as Turbo and Flow that make it a compelling choice for those who seek a mesmerizing web browsing experience. Check out the official website of the browser.