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How to Backup and Transfer Opera Settings, Profiles, and Browsing Sessions


We’ve previously shown you how to backup Firefox profiles using an extension and third-party software and how to backup Google Chrome profiles. If you use Opera, there is a free tool that makes it easy to backup Opera profiles, settings, and even browsing sessions.

Opera offers a sync service, called Opera Link, which allows you to sync your bookmarks, personal bar, history, Speed Dial, notes, and search engines with other computers. However, this service does not sync your current browsing sessions and passwords. We found a free tool, called Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export tool, that allows you to export all your Opera settings, profiles, and browsing sessions to an archive and import it into Opera on the same or another computer.

Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export tool is portable and does not need to be installed. Simply download the .zip file using the link at the end of this article. Double-click the osie.exe file to run the program.


The Intro dialog box displays. Read through the items and click OK to close the dialog box.

NOTE: If you want to check to see if any updates are available, click Check for Updates. You can also go to the webpage for the program by clicking Homepage.


To export your settings, click the Export your Opera settings to an archive on the main dialog box that displays. Click Next.


The tool automatically finds the default location of the Opera settings. If you have settings, profiles, or sessions in a different location, click Browse to find that location. To continue, select a location from the list and click Next.


The settings found in the selected location are displayed on the dialog box. Items not selected were found in the selected location, but have no data to backup. If you select a check box for a currently unselected item, you are asked to select a location for that setting.

All items that have data to backup are automatically selected. Select the check boxes for the items you don’t want to export so there are no check marks in those boxes and click Next.


The Save file as dialog box displays. Navigate to a folder in which you want to save the archive. Enter a name for the archive file in the File name edit box and click Save.

NOTE: The file is automatically saved as a .tgz file, if you don’t specify the .tar.gz extension. Both extensions can be opened in most archive programs like 7-Zip and WinZip, so you can extract the settings in their original format, in case you should need to access them manually for any reason.


The Export Complete dialog box displays telling you that the settings were successfully exported to the specified location. Click OK.


When you want to import settings into Opera, open the osie.exe program again and select the Import your previously exported settings into Opera radio button and click Next.


On the Select a settings archive to import dialog box, navigate to the folder containing the .tgz or .tar.gz file, select the file, and click Open.


The settings from the archive file are displayed on the main dialog box. All items containing data are selected by default. To de-select an item, select the check box so there is NO check mark in the box. Click Next.


Select a location into which you want to import your Opera settings. The default location is already listed. If you want to select a different location, use the Browse button. Click Next.


Any settings currently in Opera will be replaced and they are listed on the main dialog box for you to review. If you want to remove any of the current settings before importing your new settings, select the desired settings in the list and then select the Delete these settings from disk check box. Click Next.


The Continue Confirmation dialog box displays as another warning that any current settings will be removed. Click Yes to continue importing your settings.


The Import Complete dialog box displays when the import process has completed. Click OK.


Because Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export Tool is available for both Windows and Linux and creates .tgz or .tar.gz files that are compatible with both operating systems, you can use this tool to migrate your settings from Windows to Linux or from Linux to Windows.

Download Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export Tool from

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 09/26/12

Comments (6)

  1. MJ

    I usually do all of this manually, I’ve moved my Opera settings between computers and OS (Windows to Ubuntu). It is nice to see that someone built a GUI for this, anyways.

  2. Tim S

    “However, this service does not sync your current browsing sessions and passwords”

    Actually passwords are covered see:

    …that said i’d highly recommend using LastPass (the extension) instead anyway.

  3. Litbea

    Great!! I’d suggest having the profile moved over Dropbox too.

  4. JohnDoe

    I love Opera – very feature rich & fast. I just wish all webages rendered properly in it. I still goto some that don’t work right for Opera. It’s sad.

  5. okeke chuchu

    How do you open pages saved in opera mini with the desktop version of opera?

  6. Jack

    I have used myfavbackup for many years it does backup/restore for IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari ( But in truth if you have Opera Sync enabled and set up correctly you never need to back it up because Opera does it for you!

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