The 6 Best Opera Plugins of 2019

These 6 Opera Plugins will transform Opera into your favorite browser

Screenshot showing Opera Extensions page

If you love Opera's clean look and fast web browsing experience, you may want to add these Opera plugins that can make your browser even more efficient and productive. Opera is a web browser developed by​ a Norwegian company, Opera Software AS available for OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux Operating systems.

Opera already comes packaged with a few nice built-in features, including an ad blocker and Speed Dial, which gives you quick access to your most frequently visited web pages. Here are a few Opera extensions that will make this browser even more efficient and productive. Let's take a look at six of the best plugins.

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Manage Passwords: LastPass

Screenshot showing the login page for LastPass Opera plugin

LastPass is a password manager that creates one master password so that you can log onto your favorite sites with just one click. With an auto-fill feature, LastPass remembers your username and passwords for multiple accounts and includes autofill features. 

What We Like:

  • Syncs data across mobile phone and computer
  • Auto log off options
  • Encrypted and decrypted locally on your machine
  • Also stores credit card information 

What We Don't Like:

  • To enable syncing across devices, and family sharing, you'll need to pay for Premium. 
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Customize Your Feed and Hide Ads: Social Fixer for Facebook

Screenshot of filter menu for Opera extension, Social Fixer

This Opera plugin includes a feature called Stealth Mode to make it easy to scan Facebook quickly to catch up on the latest updates. Like buttons and comment areas are hidden so that you can quickly scroll through the newsfeed. Without the ability to like, comment, or interact, you can quickly get the content you're after.

What We Like:

  • Ability to create pre-defined filters to hide specific posts including sponsored posts and political posts.
  • Make photos anonymous by hiding friend and group names. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Still shows ads for "suggested pages" and "people you might know"
  • Not available for mobile browsing.
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Get a Virtual Gmail Assistant: Boomerang for Gmail

Screenshot showing features of Boomerang Gmail to manage email

If you've ever wanted to know if and when your emails have been read, or schedule a specific email for a later date, try Boomerang for Gmail. Boomerang makes it possible to easily integrate email scheduling, reminders and read notifications. You can also download the Android or iOS Boomerang app to extend its capabilities to your mobile devices. 

Boomerang comes with a free 30-day trial of Boomerang Pro, which includes unlimited message credits. No billing information is gathered upon the free trial. After 30 days you are downgraded to Basic, with a limit of 10 message credits per month. Here are the upgrade options:

  • Personal: $4.99 per month and unlimited message credits.
  • Pro: $14.99 per month and includes smart response with machine learning, inbox pause, and recurring messages. 
  • Premium: $49.99 per month. Each message is automatically "Boomeranged", and includes Salesforce integration. 

What We Like:

  • Perfect for sending emails to people in different time zones. Postpone emails so that they appear at the specific time you're ready to respond. 
  • Set alerts when you do not receive a response to your email. 
  • Perfect for scheduling birthday emails. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The Basic, free, version of Boomerang has a limit of 10 message credits per month. Boomerang counts each email that is scheduled and tracked with Boomerang toward the credits.
  • Read and sent confirmations are added to the email thread and can make your inbox confusing to navigate.
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Keep Track of the Weather With A Click: Gismeteo

Screenshot showing weather on Opera browser with Gismeteo

The Gismeteo extension gives you instant access to your local current temperatures and hourly weather forecast. Select your city in the settings menu, and search lets you see what's happening in other cities. Includes the ability to customize features, including skins, icons, and language.

What We Like:

  • Instantly see detailed weather conditions with a click on the icon to display a pop-up window. 
  • Shows hourly updates of temperature forecast.
  • Global weather news available in the news feed.

What We Don't Like:

  • No way to minimize the icon on the Opera desktop to keep the temperature on top
  • Navigation language is a bit awkwardly translated from Russian.
  • Temperature defaults to Celsius.
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Create a Customized Firewall: uMatrix

screenshot showing how to configure uMatrix for Opera

If you would like to customize your privacy settings while browsing on Opera, you may want to try uMatrix, a point-and-click matrix-based firewall. Once installed, uMatrix works in block-all mode but allows you to create exceptions. You decide what type of data is allowed to be downloaded. 

What We Like:

  • Gives you a view of tracking how websites have been collecting information from your browsing history. 
  • A single click allows you to whitelist/blacklist requests for data. 

What We Don't Like:

  • This extension can be intimidating at first. Requires a learning curve. 
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Add Your Favorite Chrome Extension to Opera: Install Chrome Extension

Screenshot showing how to add a Chrome extension to Opera

While the Opera extension library has quite a bit to offer, it does not have the variety of extension available on Chrome. Now, with Install Chrome Extension, you can have your cake and eat it too. Once you've added the Opera Install Chrome Extension, simply visit the Chrome Web Store, while using the Opera Browser. Once you've found an extension you want to add, open it, and click the green button on the top right that says, Add to Opera.

Note: Once you are on the Chrome Web Store page, find your extension and click Install. You will then be redirected to the Chrome extension page, where you will click Install again to add to Opera.

What We Like:

  • Works quickly and seamlessly for any Chrome extension you can't live without.

What We Don't Like:

  • The Opera plugin only works for extensions, not Chrome Themes. 
  • Not available for the mobile version of Opera.