How to backup Opera settings (bookmarks, browser settings, passwords)


How to backup Opera Settings

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How-to backup all Opera settings: backup Opera settings, bookmarks, plugins, passwords.


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Utilities for backup Opera Settings


NikSaver is a program that will help you backup all your settings (like backup Opera) in case you reinstall the operating system or move them to another computer.

Manual Backup

Backup Opera is as simple as copying their respective profile folders to another location. If you do that, you’ll have a full backup Opera with all your setting and personal data saved.

The hard part is finding the profile folders. First up, they are not located where you would expect to find them. Secondly, they are located in different places for different versions of Windows. Thirdly, they may be assigned random file names that make them difficult to recognize.

It is recommended that you backup your files every now and then, both for Opera and for other software on your computer. This is a list of Opera files you might want to consider taking a backup of.

If you chose to "Use separate settings for each user" when installing Opera, all settings are kept separate for each user on systems that support this.

In Windows 2000 and XP, this directory is:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Opera

If your system does not support multiple users or you chose to not install Opera with separate user settings, all files and directories are located in the profile directory, which is a sub-directory of your Opera installation directory.

You can also find out where Opera stores your settings by going to the Help > About Opera menu.

Files to backup

Description Filename
Bookmarks opera6.adr
Contacts contacts.adr
Notes notes.adr
Personal certificates opcert6.dat
Certificate authorities opcacrt6.dat
Wand data wand.dat

Directories to back up

Description Folder name
Mail mail\
Sessions - saved windows sessions\
Skins skin\
Plug-ins (Windows version) program\plug-ins\
Keyboard configuration keyboard\
Mouse configuration mouse\
Menu configuration menu\
Toolbar configuration toolbar\

The file "opera6.ini" (see Help > About Opera for the correct location) contains your general Opera settings, such as cache and plug-in information. It is not recommended that you copy this file from a computer to another, as it contains a lot of paths that may be specific to your computer.

You might also consider backing up these files, but remember that they change on a daily basis, and that they contain information about which pages you have visited and files you have downloaded:

  • Cookies ("cookies4.dat")
  • Global history ("global.dat")
  • Visited links ("vlink4.dat")
  • Download history ("download.dat").

These files are all for the Windows version, but most of these files are relevant to Linux users as well, and the file names are quite similar. Mac users can find these files (although with more descriptive filenames) in the "Opera Preferences" folder, located in "Preferences" under your "System" folder.

Important note for users of the e-mail client in Opera 7, M2:

Using 7.0x: If you wish to restore your mail from backup, please open the file index.ini in your Mail directory and make sure the paths defined there are correct. You can do a "search and replace" with any text editor and save the file. This is necessary for Opera to correctly locate the stored mail.

Using 7.10 or newer: It is not necessary to edit paths manually after 7.10, if you move your mail directory.

Backup Opera

To backup Opera copy the files and folders to an external USB drive. You could also use Windows Scheduler or a backup manager to do the job automatically. Make sure, though, that Opera is not running before you backup.