This article will guide users on the installation of Opera Web Browser on Linux Mint 20 Desktop machine. Opera is a well known and used web browser based on the Chromium browser project. Some users love Opera for its security features such as ads blocking and free VPN offering for secure internet access.

Opera browser is not available in Linux distributions upstream repositories as the development team adds some proprietary components to the software package breaking pure open source model. However, the packages for most Linux distributions are provided by Opera for installation.

In this guide we give you step-by-step instructions for installing Opera web browser on Linux Mint 20. As Linux Mint is based on Debian/Ubuntu family the same process can be used for most Debian based Linux distributions.

Step 1: Install add-apt-repository

Login to your Linux Mint 20 machine and update package list index.

sudo apt update

Once update install common dependency packages.

sudo apt install lsb-release ca-certificates apt-transport-https software-properties-common -y

This software-properties-common package provides add-apt-repository which we’ll use to add Opera repositories to our Linux Mint system.

Step 2: Add Opera APT repository to Linux Mint

Run the following commands to import repository GPG key:

wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -

With the key added proceed to add repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=i386,amd64] stable non-free"

Step 3: Install Opera web browser on Linux Mint

Once the repository is added the only pending step is actual installation of Opera web browser on Linux Mint. This is easily achieved using the commands below.

Update Package index:

$ sudo apt update
Hit:1 focal InRelease
Hit:2 focal InRelease                                                                                  
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Ign:4 ulyana InRelease                                                                                    
Hit:5 focal-security InRelease                          
Hit:6 focal-updates InRelease      
Hit:7 focal-backports InRelease    
Hit:8 ulyana Release                  
Get:10 stable InRelease [2,591 B]
Get:11 stable/non-free i386 Packages [1,820 B]
Get:12 stable/non-free amd64 Packages [1,824 B]
Fetched 6,235 B in 3s (2,133 B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
397 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them.

Then install Opera web browser on Linux Mint:

sudo apt install opera-stable

You should be asked whether you would like to proceed with the installation or cancel. Hit the y or yes to proceed.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra pepperflashplugin-nonfree
Suggested packages:
  chromium-browser ttf-dejavu ttf-mscorefonts-installer ttf-xfree86-nonfree
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra opera-stable pepperflashplugin-nonfree
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 397 not upgraded.
Need to get 69.9 MB of archives.
After this operation, 215 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

Also agree to update Opera together with the rest of the system.

The Opera browser can be launched from the terminal

$ opera

Or from the Applications search menu.

You can now start browsing the internet with Opera and its cool features. Below are more guides we have on Linux Mint.

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