Automatically download files with Opera

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 5, 2007
Updated • May 21, 2014

If you do use Opera you might have noticed that Opera seems to always bring up the save to dialog and you have to browse to the download location even if you downloaded a file of the same type just a minute ago. The line "Remember choice and do not show dialog again" is grayed out and can't be checked as well.

Opera, unlike other browsers, can be configured to have custom download locations for every file type. Go to Tools > Preferences and click on the Advanced tab of the menu that pops up.

Update: Newer versions of the Opera web browser (pre-Opera 15 though) use a different layout. To open the preferences click on the Opera button, then on Settings > Preferences or use the Ctrl-F12 shortcut to open it.

Select Downloads from the left menu, uncheck "Hide File Types opened with Opera" and double-click on the file type that you want to customize or select it and click on the edit button instead. To make this easier you can sort by file extension or use the quick find option at the top to find the file extension this way.

You will notice that the "Show Download Dialog" option is the default action for most file types. To change that you simply check the boxes "Save to disk" and "Do not ask for folder, but save directly to". Click on Choose afterwards to select a location where files of this type should be automatically saved to from now on.

Click ok to save the new settings. Opera will save files of the selected type automatically to the download directory without displaying a dialog first. You can use the configuration instead to configure file extensions to automatically open in a select application which can also be useful at times.

Update 2: Opera 15 or newer will download all files automatically regardless of type. You can set a different download location in the browser's preferences though. To do that, click on the Opera button and select Settings.

Scroll down until the downloads section is displayed to you. Here you can change the default download location. If you want more control over downloads, enable the "ask where to save each file before downloading" option to do just that.


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  1. Geoffroy said on November 1, 2011 at 3:31 am

    What if I want opera to download all files and save them to the default download folder, i.e. I want never have to click a confirmation or destination folder dialog. I want the files to download automatically and I mange what I want to do with the file using the Downloads panel. I can’t do every file type one by one, there are way too many, besides there are unknown types. Where can I change the default settings?

  2. Phillip said on April 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I have a question. Some very specific file types I download are not on that list. Is there any way to add them to it?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Yes you can add new file types as well, but you need to define the mime type for the file. Best best is an Internet search for that

  3. Joe bodego said on January 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    This does not work. I download .rar files and it still pops up with that choice. Opera was my last hope for a decent browser, now it”s become a nasty browser like IE and FF. I am heading to Chrome, even tips from people like you does not work

  4. Jorn said on February 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks! Good tip.

  5. Tobey said on November 5, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    This can be very useful for some particular file extensions like audio / video ones. Thanks for the tip.

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