Download Opera 12 Alpha

By | October 13, 2011

Download Opera 12 Alpha

This is it folks, the alpha version of Opera 12 has been just released, bringing performance improvements and other goodies.

According to the official report, Opera 12 includes hardware acceleration support, which currently uses OpenGL backend. However, DirectX support is coming as well.

Thanks to WebGL, you can now enjoy high quality graphics and games straight from your web browser, see the following demo for a glimpse.

What else is new?

New HTML5 engine, you can read more about it here
Reduced memory usage by up to 35%
Up to 40% faster load time for secure web sites
Lightweight themes

New address bar, offering quick functionality and search suggestions

Download Opera 12 Alpha

… and a lot of fixes

Download Opera 12 Alpha.

[Thanks, Shane Bundy]

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  1. New Opera 12 alpha scores 346+9 points in HTML5test, and 8 seconds in Speed reading – WOW

  2. Anonymous says:

    Damn. Doesnt work on Windows 8. I forced it nothing. Probally because the drivers. Though IE and chrome seem to work.

    • The whole browser or HA only?

    • Swapnil says:

      It won’t. This Opera 12 Alpha only supports OpenGL. Since Microsoft does not support OpenGL by default in Windows, OpenGL support in Windows relies on graphic drivers only. Since there are no graphic drivers for Windows 8, your PC with Windows 8 cannot have OpenGL 1.5 and above support (Microsoft includes OpenGL 1.4 support by default). IE works as it uses DirectX only, while Chrome works as it includes Google’s ANGLE which allows you to use WebGL and possibly HWA via DirectX on systems that do not support OpenGL ES 2.0.

    • Anonymous says:


      @d33423b167716329132affbe85fd4ea3:disqus Thank you for clarifying to everyone.

      – Setting to 0 disables it. 1 is auto and 2 is forced.

  3. Greg says:

    bout damn time!!!!

  4. Armin says:

    I really want multi process browsing…

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t.   Duplicating stuff in memory is a REALLY inefficient thing to do.

      Better make a browser that doesn’t crash..   Go tell Google PR men that….

  5. Anonymous says:

    Although it’s great to see HWA and all that cool stuff in this build, it is a very unstable build. I usually use Opera Next as my default browser, but I can’t use this build as my default browser because it locks up so much and has a couple annoying bugs.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I like how Opera ripped of personas

  7. Anonymous says:

    The best feature is the return of the bookmark star users have been asking about for years.

    Firefox ripped off Opera, so why not quid pro quo ?