Plug-ins

Current for 12.02

Please note some of the plugins listed below may be unnecessary or unavailable on certain operating systems.

Plug-ins are software programs that extend the capabilities of the Opera desktop browser. Commonly used plug-ins include Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Java. Other plug-ins enable you to play audio samples or view videos within a browser window.

Software companies are developing plug-ins at a phenomenal rate. To share useful plug-ins that are compatible with Opera, or discuss plug-ins with others, go to the Opera browser forum.

If you are developing a plug-in for Opera, please see the following article in Dev.Opera: Opera's The Opera plug-in interface.

For general instructions on installing plug-ins, refer to either:

Some of the more popular plug-ins are listed in the table below.

Plug-in Description Installation instructions
Adobe Reader Adobe Reader allows you to view, navigate, and print PDF files across all major computing platforms. Adobe Reader is the free viewing companion to Adobe Acrobat and to Acrobat Capture software. See: Installation of plug-ins for Opera on Windows and Mac.
Adobe Flash Player Adobe Flash Player is a free and highly popular multimedia plug-in for enhancing websites. See the instructions on the Adobe website.
Adobe Shockwave Player Adobe Shockwave Player allows you to view entertaining rich-media web content. See the instructions on the Adobe website.
Windows Media Player Windows Media Player is a multimedia player from Microsoft. It comes preinstalled on Windows computers, and allows you to play embedded audio and video on webpages through a plug-in. See: Installation of plug-ins for Opera on Windows and Mac.
Java Java software allows you to run applications called "applets" that are written in the Java programming language. These applets allow you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D. Corporations also use applets for intranet applications and e-business solutions. See: Installation of plug-ins for Opera on Windows and Mac.
QuickTime QuickTime is the Apple technology that makes video, sound, music, 3D and virtual reality come alive for Mac and Windows. See: Installation of plug-ins for Opera on Windows and Mac.
RealPlayer RealPlayer allows you to download videos directly from websites. You can also share your downloaded videos on Facebook and Twitter or transfer them to your favorite device (such as iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry, PSP). See: Installation of plug-ins for Opera on Windows and Mac.

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