This document was last updated for Opera 11.60
For Linux, see Installation of plug-ins for Opera on Linux.
For the most commonly used plug-ins, Opera provides an installation wizard to help you. For other plug-ins, major software applications usually have excellent systems for installing and updating software, making it possible to download and install a plug-in with a simple click or command. However, on this page we give additional instructions for those who prefer to install the plug-in manually, or for those experiencing difficulties.
Follow these general steps when installing plug-ins:
In some cases, you may need to configure Opera so that it can find the plug-in. To do this, add the directory containing the plug-in to the plug-in path. From the Opera menu, select, click Plug-in options, then Change path.
To be certain that Opera will use the plug-in and not an alternative application, go to, and select the mime-type associated with the plug-in. Click Edit, and make sure that Use plug-in is marked appropriately.
You can change the way Opera opens PDF documents inEdit the MIME type assosiated with PDF files to either Use plug-in or Open with default application.
For more information, refer to the Adobe Reader support page.
To install the Adobe Shockwave Player plug-in, follow the steps below:
For more information, refer to the Adobe Shockwave Player support page.
Download the installation file from the QuickTime site, double-click it to start the installation wizard, and follow the on-screen instructions. If the QuickTime installer does not install the plug-in automatically, follow the instructions below to install it manually:
If you still have problems, please refer to Apple support for more information.
For Windows, Opera uses the Java plug-in to run Java applets. If you do not have Java installed, Opera will automatically offer to take you to a download site when you encounter such content. To install Java, go to the Java website and follow the instructions.
To install, follow the steps below:
Need help? Hit F1 anytime while using Opera to access our online help files, or go here.