Opera system requirements

These requirements only apply to Opera. Third-party plug-ins such as Flash, Java, and others may have additional requirements.

Recommended configuration for Opera


  • Windows XP or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 300 MB of free disk space


  • OS X Lion (10.7) or later
  • 64-bit Intel system
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 300 MB of free disk space


  • Ubuntu 14.04 or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 300 MB of free disk space

Modern media requirements

For H.264 HiDPI videos and MP3 audio - helpful for displaying HTML5 media - we recommend upgrading your system to the following, respectively:

  • Windows 7
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later
  • FFmpeg version 2.4.x for Linux

Recommended configuration for Opera 12.16 for Linux

Opera will run on any modern Linux distribution and FreeBSD 7 or later with Xorg installed, on i386 and x86_64 CPUs.

Recent versions of the following Linux distributions are officially supported:

  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • RedHat
  • Ubuntu
  • openSUSE

Although Opera is not officially supported on all Linux distributions, we strive to make Opera work on as many as possible, and it normally does.

Note: Opera may run on older hardware or an older version of an operating system however it is likely that it will be less usable. You can download an earlier version of Opera that may work with your system from our download page. Just click the Show other versions link.

If you are using old hardware or an old operating system and Opera fails to start up, unfortunately Opera is not suited to your system.

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