How to Import Bookmarks and Other Data to the Opera Browser

Save all your favorite websites while making the switch

If you want to switch from another internet browser to Opera, transferring your bookmarks takes just a few easy steps. Opera also allows you to transfer your browsing history, saved passwords, cookies, and other personal data in addition to importing links to your favorite sites. Here's how to do it.

This tutorial is intended for users running Opera on LinuxMac OS X, macOS, and Windows operating systems.

  1. Open Opera and navigate to opera://settings/importData in the address/search bar.

    Alternatively, you can get to this pop-up by clicking the Settings icon and typing "import" in the search bar.

  2. A drop-down menu displays all the supported browsers currently installed on your computer. Select the source browser containing the items you wish to import.

    The Import menu in Opera
  3. Directly under the drop-down menu is all the items that can be imported. To add or remove a checkmark from a particular item, simply click on it.

    The following items are typically available to import:

    • Browsing history: A record of websites you visited in the past, including page titles and URLs.
    • Favorites/Bookmarks: Saved links.
    • Cookies: Locally stored files used by websites to house user-specific data, preferences, and other browsing session details.
    • Saved passwords: Opera can import your saved passwords so you don't have to remember them when visiting websites.
  4. Alternatively, you can import bookmarks and other personal data from an HTML file you exported from another browser. To do so, select Bookmarks HTML File from the drop-down menu.

    The "Bookmarks HTML File" command in Opera
  5. Click Import. If you're importing items directly from another browser, you should receive a confirmation message when the process is complete. If you're importing bookmarks from a file, you are prompted to select the file, and then notified when the operation is finished.