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Opera adds support for Bit Torrent

July 6, 2005

Here is the big announcement. The next version of Opera will be able to download BitTorrents as well.

Check it out with Opera 8.02.

I’ll post more details as they become available.

Update #1 (11:28 AM): An official announcement will come tomorrow from Opera.

Update #2 (7/7/05): Opera released today an official statement regarding its embedded BitTorrent client in the next browser version.

They decided to add BitTorrent support during the release of Opera 8 earlier this year. The massive response, with more than 100 downloads per second, dealt a technical knockout to Opera’s servers. With BitTorrent, users would have had an alternative download mechanism.

Of course, this latest version of Opera is now available via BitTorrent as well.

Though Opera added this new feature, the size of the installation file remained at 3.7MB (compare that with Firefox’s 5MB 4.7MB — not including any extensions).

Many have been wondering how Opera will deal with the issue of illegal downloading via BitTorrent. Well, here is subtle message of a quote from Opera “Opera does not encourage the use of BitTorrent, FTP and HTTP protocols for downloading illegal, copyright infringing material.” Notice they include the FTP and HTTP protocols in addition to BitTorrent in discouraging people from downloading illegal material. Which is very true, FTP and HTTP are no different than BitTorrent; the download of illegal material can be done with all of them.

Opera also created a BitTorrent resource page. Some additional notes on the settings can be found here.

Update #3 (7/7/05): InternetNews.com wrote an article on this, which includes some quotes of mine.

Update #4 (7/7/05): Some more quotes in the Red Herring article.

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  1. July 6, 2005 at 11:21 am

    Hmm… where is the proof? e.g. changelog.

  2. Idan
    July 6, 2005 at 11:25 am

    More like – Where is the big announcement? 😉 eh…

  3. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 11:27 am

    Thats the big announcement??? God I got excited for nothing.

  4. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 11:40 am

    Proof? I am downloading a twit cast torrent now… (http://twit.tv)

    It does work.

  5. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 11:54 am

    “Where is the proof”??? Just click on a bittorrent link. Geez…

  6. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 12:02 pm

    you wouldn’t mind taking this post down, it’s not supposed to be released until tomorrow.

  7. July 6, 2005 at 1:02 pm

    I was awoken by Opera for this? Waaahhh!!!

    I was hoping for something a little more revolutionary than this.

    At any rate, thank you for the ‘heads-up.’ 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    This is real good news, looks like Opera soon can do all the things i do on the web. Chat, download torrents, surf.. Mail. And the best of all it’s fast, stable, safe and does not eat all my ram.

    http://bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.

  9. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 1:29 pm

    I hope the bittorrent implementation doesn’t suck like the IRC one does (I trust it’ll get better with time, I’m just spoiled by mirc)

  10. July 6, 2005 at 1:31 pm

    What kind of problems to you have with Opera’s IRC?

    I use it all the time, I love it.

  11. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 1:46 pm

    the fact that it can’t do a tenth of the things mIRC can, probably

  12. July 6, 2005 at 2:05 pm

    Does enyone have the torrent for the new release?

  13. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 2:45 pm

    Opera’s IRC client might not be as advanced as mIRC, but it’s a lot easier to use. Maybe the goal wasn’t to create a mIRC replacement, but to just give people an easy to use chat client.

    Same with BT it seems? It works without messing around with settings… 🙂

  14. Makere
    July 6, 2005 at 3:31 pm

    I was actually thinkin a bittorrent for browsers, n already designed a picture in my head how it would look like to download torrents with Firefox…. only “problem” I see in this is that people maybe want more features than an integrated client…

  15. July 6, 2005 at 3:43 pm

    Will there (finally) be a better support for SVG than the Tiny implementation?

  16. Fredo
    July 6, 2005 at 3:58 pm

    Hm, that BitTorrent stuff is nice. But I would have found it more revolutionary if the new IMAP-Module was implemented at last 😉

  17. July 6, 2005 at 4:22 pm

    At that moment I realized I was in love…..her name was Opera technical preview 8.02.

    Thank you Opera, now I can dump my current bittorrent client and again consolidate by having you take care of another one of my computer uses.

    I think I am about to make an investment in you guyz, your impressing me more every day.

    Aquabox Personal Computers

  18. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 4:39 pm

    Daniel, if you think you can dump your real BT client now, you haven’t any idea what said client is offering you in terms of necessities and luxuries. I suggest you look into it more.

    As for this “big announcement,” someone must have been using Babelfish to translate from the original Norwegian language. We know how accurate that usually is.

  19. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 5:13 pm

    This is THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT? I expected something more 😦

  20. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 5:18 pm

    As bigtime Opera fan, this is a great news to me. But I wonder about two things: 1) will there be a DHT layer like in Azureus, BitComet and official client? 2) BitTorrent license clearly states that source code of derivative work must be made availible. How will this concide with Opera’s nonopensourceness? (I thereby copyright word ‘nonopensourceness’.)

  21. July 6, 2005 at 5:58 pm

    No change log is available yet, hopefully we will have that today or tomorrow.

    The client is there, though doesn’t appear to be any kind of “options” for it as far as I can see. Proof? Install Opera 8.02TP1 and click on a torrent link, Opera will open it up. What more do you need? :p

    While it’s nice to see, it is still a pre-beta version. Who knows what will change between this version and 8.02 final (or even 9.0, 10.0, etc.).

  22. Anonymous
    July 6, 2005 at 6:57 pm

    2) BitTorrent license clearly states that source code of derivative work must be made availible. How will this concide with Opera’s nonopensourceness? (I thereby copyright word ‘nonopensourceness’.)
    No, the source does not need to be made available if it is not based on the BitTorrent source code, which is in Python.

  23. July 6, 2005 at 9:44 pm

    Now minghong is asking for proof, even though he was less than enthused when I asked for proof for some of his earlier posts here.

    Anyway, I think I’ll stick with BitComet for now. Good idea, though.

  24. July 7, 2005 at 4:02 am

    i like opera.

  25. Anonymous
    July 7, 2005 at 4:34 am

    Does anyone know if, once a torrent download is complete, Opera will continue to seed the file for others to download? If not then the other torrent users will not be overly happy with the situation.

  26. July 7, 2005 at 11:34 am

    > compare that with Firefox’s 5MB+

    It’s just around 4.7MB…

  27. July 7, 2005 at 11:37 am


    Thanks for the correction.

  28. woody
    July 7, 2005 at 12:17 pm

    How do I extract and install the Opera 8.02 .torrent file?

  29. July 8, 2005 at 12:53 am

    Hmm, point-and-click torrent download is nice.

    Any idea why they’re using a non-standard port for uploads? I had to reconfigure my router to let them in. (And now I have to reconfig my .ini file to limit the upload rate — in auto mode it keeps maxing out my ADSL connection and I can’t send things like request packets.)

  30. Anonymous
    July 9, 2005 at 8:52 am

    Ok, so it’s july 9th now, wheres the announcement?

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  32. I. G.
    October 21, 2005 at 6:33 am

    Where’s that torrent stuff?


  33. m.
    December 8, 2005 at 5:44 pm

    Uhm, does anyone got updated info in this? I testing in 8.5 now, but there doesn’t seem to be possible to run torrents in opera, it just downloads the .torrent and opens it in bitcomet, no dialog. Searching opera.com returns 0 hits, but there is a post in their forum about a preview of v 9.0, where they “want to” include torrent support. When doing a google search I found a few links to torrentrelated stuff, but nothing official since the 7th july press release.


  34. December 8, 2005 at 9:22 pm


    Opera 8.5 and Opera 9 (TP) don’t have BT support, however the final version of Opera 9 will include this support.

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