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Opera and Java on OS X

November 23rd, 2012 by ‐ No Comments

opera_javaMany say it doesn’t work. But it does. All you need is a 64-bit version of Opera, because Java comes as 64-bit only on the Mac. The 64-bit Java plug-in will just silently fail in a 32-bit version of Opera. But Opera does offer a 64-bit version for Mac. Why Opera don’t distribute the 64-bit version by default, or query the client platform to find out which version to offer? I guess, we just don’t know. Here’s how to install the 64-bit version.

UPDATE: Since the release of 12.14, Opera have changed their Website structure, so the old method no longer works. The links are gone. Instead, do the following:

  1. Navigate to http://ftp.opera.com/pub/opera/mac/
  2. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the directory for the latest version.
  3. Click it to enter the directory.
  4. Find the download labeled “x86_64”.
  5. Download and install it. Done.