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How to Install Opera 40 on Ubuntu 16.04 and Enjoy Free Unlimited VPN


Opera 40 was released on September 19th, 2016.  The biggest change in this version is that a free, unlimited, no-log browser-based VPN service is included for everybody to use. Other features in Opera 40 includes:

  • Switch into power saving mode automatically whenever your laptop is unplugged.
  • Chromecast support
  • Video pop-out improvements: more video sites and players are supported.
  • News reader now has RSS support.
  • Updated browser engine

What’s VPN?

A VPN, or private virtual network, allows you to hide you real IP address from the outside world, unblock services that are only available to certain countries and unblock websites that are blocked by firewalls of your country or area.

Install Opera 40 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

The following steps are also tested on Debian 8 Jessie and Linux Mint 18.

Go to the Opera browser for Linux download page. and download the deb package installer. You can also use the following command to download it in the terminal.

64 bits


32 bits


Once downloaded, navigate to the download destination in the terminal window.  The Opera software repository uses https connection, so we need to install apt-transport-https package.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https libcurl3

And then use dpkg to install Opera 40.

sudo dpkg -i opera-stable*.deb

You will be asked whether you want the installer to add a separate source list file for Opera browser under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory. It’s highly recommended that you choose Yes, so that when you run sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade command, Opera browser will be upgraded if there’s a newer version available.


Once installed, you can start Opera 40 from Unity Dash or your favorite application menu.

install opera 40 on ubuntu 16.04

Or from the command line:


Set up Virtual Private Network Access in Opera 40

To establish a virtual private network connection, go to Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security. Scroll down a little bit and check Enable VPN.


You will see a VPN badge in the address bar. If its color is orange, that means you are not connected to VPN. A blue color means VPN access is established. You can choose your desired country from virtual location drop-down menu. For the time being, available countries are: Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore and United States. Your masquerading IP address is at the bottom.


With Opera 40, you online privacy is better protected. However, your traffic if only protected in Opera browser. To secure all your Internet traffic, you need to set up VPN for your entire operating system which may cost a little bit of money. The built-in VPN in Opera browser is not available to those who live in China. You can also buy a VPS and set up your own VPN server.

How to Add RSS Feeds to the News Reader

Open a new tab, click the News icon on the left, then select + add sources. Enter the feed address in the text field.


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