Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
17/11/2020
12 minutes to read

Opera on Mac removal guide

Opera is a popular multiplatform web browser developed by the Opera Software Norwegian company. Opera creates tons of hidden files every time you visit a website. Here, we will demonstrate two step-by-step guides on how to correctly and completely remove the Opera browser from your Mac.

removing Opera on Mac

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Why uninstall Opera from Mac?

Opera is a safe browser that regularly improves its security. However, many users complain that Opera has poor performance compared to some other popular browsers.

Also, every application on Mac creates cache files that take up space on your hard drive. If you have installed Opera on your Mac, but you usually use another browser, we recommend uninstalling Opera. This will clean up your Mac from unneeded junk files and create some more free space.

From the guides below you can learn how to uninstall Opera from Mac completely with all of their support files.

Please note, before removing the Opera browser, you should save or export all your personal data, such as bookmarks and saved passwords.

Remove Opera using the uninstaller – Quick Way

The fastest way to remove any application is to use a specialized uninstaller tool.
We will use the App Cleaner & Uninstaller application . This is a tool to completely uninstall any applications from Mac with just a few clicks.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller will automatically find all the support files of Opera, such as cache files, logs, cookies, temporary files, will list all of them and allow you to uninstall the browser completely.

Just follow the next steps to remove Opera from Mac:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Select Opera in the list of applications.
  3. Click on Uninstall.
  4. Review the Opera files and confirm the removal.

Opera selected for complete removal with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

That’s all.
Please note, that even if you have already moved Opera into the Trash from the simple guide, App Cleaner & Uninstaller will find all the leftovers of the browser. Just switch to the Remaining Files. Here you can find and remove all leftovers and broken service files of removed apps.
App Cleaner & Uninstaller window showing Opera Remaining Files

 
Watch the video to see how easy it is to uninstall Opera with App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

How to remove Opera from Mac: Video Guide


Uninstall Opera from Mac manually using Finder

This method requires understanding of the macOS catalog system which takes a bit more time. If you are a new Mac user, we highly recommend that you first learn about the hidden Library folder from one of our previous articles. Also, you should be careful, so you don’t remove important files by accident, which might damage the macOS system’s work.

Deleting the Opera browser by just a simple drag-and-drop into the Trash is not enough. In this case, all the Opera’s service files remain on your Mac and take up disk space.

Here are the steps to delete Opera from Mac completely:

  1. Quit Opera from the Dock menu.
  2. Open the Activity Monitor utility from the Launchpad or find it in Finder → ApplicationUtilities.
  3. In the CPU tab, select the processes associated with Opera. Click the Х icon in the left corner of the window to close them.
  4. Confirm the action by clicking the Quit or Force Quit button.
  5. Confirmation window to Quit Opera in Activity Monitor

  6. Go to FinderApplications and remove by moving Opera into the Trash.
  7. Move to Trash command selected for Opera in Finder

  8. Now you need to find and delete all the cache files of the Opera browser. They are located in the Library folder. Open Finder → press Command+Shift+G on your keyboard
  9. Type ~/Library in the search field and click Go.
  10. Find the Caches folder → com.operasoftware.Opera and remove this subfolder.
  11. Finder window showing Opera Caches folder

  12. Then empty the Trash to uninstall Opera on macOS entirely.

Please note, that in some cases the Opera browser may have other service files on your Mac that are spread out in other subfolders, such as:

  • ~/Library/Cookies
  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/Containers
  • ~/Library/Preferences

If you do not want to waste your time but want to make the process of finding Opera’s hidden leftover files easier, you might want to use a free tool from Nektony called Funter.

To find the remaining Opera files with Funter, you should launch the application → enter the word Opera into the search line → check the results and remove all hidden files associated with the Opera application. After that just empty your Trash.

Funter's window showing Opera remaining files
If for some reason this method does not suit you we recommend deleting Opera with App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which will automatically find all Opera’s support files and remove the browser entirely. Scroll up to learn more about this tool.


Conclusion

Above, we showed you a manual way to remove the Opera browser and its service files from your Mac. However, since we have specialized in Mac cleaning applications for many years, we regularly check which files Mac applications create and where they are stored.
Based on our experience, we can say that manual removal might not be as effective as automatic. You might simply miss or not find some files. Moreover, the manual method will take you a fair amount of time. That’s why we recommend that you uninstall Opera with the help of App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This tool will quickly and safely find all Opera service files and then will allow you to get rid of them in just a few clicks.

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