Content marketer
17/11/2020
12 minutes to read

Opera is a cross-platform web browser developed by a Norwegian company called Opera Software. According to statistics, Opera is the fourth most popular browser in the world. However, for whatever reason, you might need to uninstall Opera from your Mac.

Removing Opera can be a tricky process. If you are trying to uninstall Opera, first of all you should save all your personal data such as bookmarks or saved passwords for logging into favorite sites. After that, you can choose one of two possible ways to remove Opera from your Mac.

Contents:

  1. How to delete Opera from Mac manually.
  2. How to uninstall Opera with App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

How to delete Opera from Mac manually

This method requires understanding 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 needed files by accident, which may damage the macOS system’s work.

Deleting Opera browser by just a simple drag-and-drop to 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. Quit command selected for Opera in Dock context menu

  3. Open the Activity Monitor utility from the Launchpad or find it in Finder → ApplicationUtilities.
  4. Launchpad showing Activity Monitor

  5. In the CPU tab, select the processes associated with Opera. Click the Х icon in the left corner of the window to close them.
  6. Activity Monitor showing Opera process

  7. Confirm the action by clicking the Quit or Force Quit button.
  8. Confirmation window to Quit Opera in Activity Monitor

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

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

  15. 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 which 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 may use a free tool from Nektony: 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.

If for some reason this method does not suit you we recommend to delete Opera with a special uninstaller tool, which will automatically find all support files of Opera and remove the browser entirely. Keep reading to learn more about this tool.


How to uninstall Opera with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

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 automatically.

The automatic method requires using a special free cleanup utility application – App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This is a special tool to completely uninstall apps from Mac with just a few clicks. App Cleaner & Uninstaller will automatically find all the support files of Opera, such as cache, logs, cookies and it will uninstall the browser completely and safely.

Here are the easy steps to remove Opera from Mac with the uninstaller:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Select Opera in the list of applications.
  3. Click Remove to uninstall Opera from your Mac.
  4. Opera selected for complete removal with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

  5. Confirm the removal.
  6. App Cleaner & Uninstaller window showing review window to uninstall Opera

Note, that even if you have already deleted Opera through Trash in a simple way, App Cleaner & Uninstaller will find all the leftovers of the browser. Just switch to the Remaining Files. Here you can find and 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.

Video Guide

Conclusion

In this article we described two possible ways to uninstall Opera from your Mac. To sum up, we want to say that the manual way of uninstalling Opera browser is quite hard and time-consuming.

We recommend you using a professional uninstaller called 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.