How to Install Opera Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

Opera is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Opera Software and operates as a Chromium-based browser. Opera offers a clean, modern web browser that is an alternative to the other major players in the Browser race. Its famous Opera Turbo mode and its renowned battery saving mode are the best amongst all known web browsers by quite a margin, along with a built-in VPN and much more.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Opera Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye.

Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Debian 11 Bullseye
  • User account: A user account with sudo privilages or root access (su command).
  • Required Packages: 

Updating Operating System

Update your Debian 11 operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Root or Sudo Access

By default, when you create your account at startup with Debian compared to other distributions, it does not automatically receive sudoers status. You must either have access to the root password to use the su command or visit our tutorial on How to Add a User to Sudoers on Debian.

Install Required Packages

To successfully install Docker, you will need to install the following packages; run this command if you are unsure; it will not harm your system.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common wget

Import Opera GPG Key and Repository

Import GPG Key

In the first step, you will need to download the GPG key to verify the package authenticity when installing it on your system.

wget -qO- https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Example output if successful:

OK

Import the Opera Repository (Three to choose from)

Next, Opera has three repositories to choose from, which are stable, beta, and developer. Add the repository which you want to install as below:

Stable Repository (Recommended):

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=i386,amd64] https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free"

Beta Repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=i386,amd64] https://deb.opera.com/opera-beta/ stable non-free"

Developer Repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=i386,amd64] https://deb.opera.com/opera-developer/ stable non-free"

Install Opera Browser

Now that you have imported the repository, you can now install Opera using the following.

First, update your repository list to reflect the new repository changes:

sudo apt update

Now, install the Opera Browser by executing the correct command to the repository you imported.

To install stable:

sudo apt install opera-stable

Note, you will see when installing Opera Browser to configure to allow for newer version upgrades.

Example:

How to Install Opera Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

Select OK and press ENTER KEY to proceed. Next, you will receive another prompt.

Example:

How to Install Opera Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

Select either <Yes> (Recommended) or <No> to update Opera with the rest of your Debian system when you use the apt update command. Once you selected a choice, press the ENTER KEY to proceed and complete the installation.

For alternative beta/developer installations, run the execute either of the following to the repository you imported originally:

To install beta:

sudo apt install opera-beta

To install developer:

sudo apt install opera-developer

Once installed, verify the installation by checking the version number:

opera --version

Example output:

opera --version

How to Launch Opera Browser

With the installation complete, you can run Opera in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:

opera

Alternatively, run the Opera & command in the background to free up the terminal:

opera &

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Opera. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.

Example:

How to Install Opera Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

Now open Opera Browser, you will see the landing page. Looks nice?

How to Install Opera Browser on Debian 11 Bullseye

How to update Opera Browser

To update, run the APT update command in your terminal as you would check your entire system for any updates.

sudo apt update

If one is available, use the upgrade option:

Example for stable:

sudo apt upgrade opera-stable

How to Remove (Uninstall) Opera Browser

To remove Opera from Ubuntu 20.04, execute the following terminal command:

Example removing Opera stable branch:

sudo apt autoremove opera-stable --purge

Example output:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  opera-stable*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 235 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed with the uninstall.

Note, unused dependencies will also be removed.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the Opera repository into the apt source list and install the web browser by choosing either stable, beta, or developers branches. Overall, Opera uses the Chromium page-rendering engine, so you’ll rarely run into site incompatibilities. Performance is fast, perhaps not the feast in the field. Still, it keeps its own and has unique features that make this an attractive alternative for many mainstream Linux users who want something different besides Firefox that comes standard on nearly all Linux machines.



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