Add custom blocks lists for ad blocker in Opera

As you may already know, Opera recently got a built-in ad blocking feature. One feature it lacked was the ability to add custom block lists. Starting with Opera 38, which has reached the beta channel as of this writing, such an ability was added to the browser. This version allows the user to use custom lists, like popular add-ons AdBlock and uBlock Origin do.

opera 38 logoTo manage the custom black list, you need to open the browser settings page. The required option is NOT visible in the basic mode of settings, so first you need to turn on the advanced options of the browser.

How to manage custom blocks lists for ad blocker in Opera

Do it as follows.

  1. Go to this web site and download the desired block lists in TXT format.
    At the list's home page, authors provide the ability to download their lists in TXT format, which is what we need.
    For example, I will use the Russian ad block list from here:
  2. Click Menu -> Settings or press Alt + P shortcut keys on the keyboard. This will lead to the Settings page which will be opened in a new tab:
  3. On the left, click the link called "Browser" and scroll down the right pane until you see the option called "Show Advanced Settings". You need to enable that option.
  4. On the left, click on "Basic". A new button "Custom block lists" will appear in the Block Ads section:Click it.
  5. The following dialog will appear on the screen:There, click "Add list" and select the file you downloaded:
  6. Restart the browser as suggested:

From now on, you can manage custom block lists with Opera. The only issue is that you need to update your lists manually, while extensions like AdBlock and uBlock Origin are able to update them automatically. It is quite possible that Opera developers will update the built-in ad blocker in Opera to make this possible in the future.

Get Opera 38 beta here:

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Add custom blocks lists for ad blocker in Opera”

  1. I added the following lists in txt format: EasyList, EasyPrivacy, and “I don’t care about cookies.”
    The installation itself went very smoothly.
    Unfortunately, this caused the performance of the ad blocker to deteriorate. All sorts of adverts began popping up when there were none before.
    For now I have disabled the native ad blocker and gone back to Ublock Origin.

  2. my problem is,this easy list and easyprivacy is blocking ME FROM LISTS OR FILES ON MY OWN COMPUTER!!it is blocking me,not outsiders!!i can’t even open mu wn files it says”NO ACCESS TO THESE FILES”WITH A LOUD PIOP!!! HOW DO I get into my own files??if you don’t want me to get rid of opera completely, let me get into my own files!!! it’s blocking me!!!i am sick of this,give me a reason to not demolish Opera,and just go get an obscure, unknown browser that does not pull this s— on me!!! i expect an answer, Opera people,or I just junk O and go use some browser you never heard of!!!

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