some features in opera 25 are changes, with old documentations. I want to disable Opera auto update.

For this I read this opera webpage however there is no more "preferences" in opera menu.

so how to change this option?


thank you all, and here is why.

Sometimes we are forced to do that, you will realize that with too many applications ask for updates over a slow connection or limited access traffic, the updates will be awful, horrible, consume the bandwidth, and prevent me doing my job, so I need some control, when to allow the updates to start and when to stop it. all other applications(Firefox, eclipse, even antiviruses and windows 7, ...etc ) give us an API to control updates, some of these applications informed with the risk and we decide when to update it. it is Ok to update as default behavior, but do not take the decision on behalf of me, let me change this, I know what am doing, and I am responsible for that.


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  • The help page you linked is for old Opera 12.16 (Presto engine). They are outdated for Opera 15+

  • Currently there is no built-in preference to disable Auto Update in Opera 15+

  • Some command line switch from Chome work in Opera too since they both use on the same engine

    ..\Opera\Launcher.exe --check-for-update-interval=0

    After a short test I would say this one doesn't work


  • You can delete (or rename) opera_autoupdate.exe which is used to check for newer versions


    After this, Opera displays an error which you won't see unless you open opera:\\about

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  • 1
    I think there is no regular option to change the update behavior, so thanks for this solution. Oct 20, 2014 at 21:31
  • It is really not recommended to disable auto-update. Look at the security landscape we have today … .
    – Daniel
    Oct 21, 2014 at 21:20
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    This site is not about why or if a user should do this or that. It's about how
    – nixda
    Oct 21, 2014 at 21:21

You can either use the commandline switch --disable-update in the shortcut you use to start opera

Opera shortcut properties

or if you want to stop Opera autoupdating no matter how you start it you can add an environment variable called OPERA_AUTOUPDATE_DISABLED (value doesn't matter).

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    This one should be the right answer. It uses not documented feature (unless there is no documented option - so far), but doesn't use that dirty hack with delete/rename of opera_autoupdate.exe file.
    – Deilan
    Jul 21, 2015 at 22:28
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    these answers also work after a manual version update unlike renaming the exe. Jun 8, 2016 at 16:05
  • I would say this good answer should be combined with the ccpizza answer: disable the task manager Opera updater too. Jul 16, 2018 at 15:48


For the latest Windows version of Opera updates are configured via the Windows Task Scheduler.

Click Start, type Task Scheduler, locate the corresponding item for Opera Autoupdater and configure as needed.

You can also use [Autoruns] 2 — a Microsoft freebie which lets you quickly see all the scheduled items, as well as everything that starts on boot.


To disable updates for MacOS type this in the terminal:

defaults write com.operasoftware.Opera OPDisableAutoUpdate true

To display the current configuration setting use:

defaults read com.operasoftware.Opera OPDisableAutoUpdate

Just Delete "operaautoupdate.exe" file in the directory For Directory, Right Click Opera Icon And Press "i" Go to a folder naming Numbers (xx.xxx.xxxx)[x are numbers]


A simple way to disable Opera autoupdates is to block Opera updates server domain name locally: add this line autoupdate.geo.opera.com

to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file (Admin privileges required to edit it).

AFAIK, this domain remains actual for years, and is probably less likely to change than the not documented OPERA_AUTOUPDATE_DISABLED env variable and --disable-update switch features (which I haven't tested in latest Opera, btw). To re-enable autoupdates later on, just remove/uncomment the added line.


Answer for SAME problem but on a Mac OSX (tested Yosemite: 10.10.5)

Pop occurs but without sound or other issue. Go to the OSX notification panel and disable notifications.

This can be done by:

  1. clicking on the black Apple icon in the far top-leftmost corner
  2. Selecting system Preferences
  3. Clicking Notifications
  4. scrolling down on the left side until reaching and selecting the Opera application
  5. Unchecking notifications for the application

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