2 ways to view and remove the cookies stored in Opera

Most websites use cookies to store information about you and your web browsing preferences. Cookies may be used for tracking purposes, and to personalize the ads displayed so that they are according to your web browsing profile. If you use Opera and you want to see what cookies are stored by this web browser, or if you want to delete cookies, read on. In this guide we show you how to view all the cookies stored in Opera, how to remove all cookies or only those from a particular website or service:

NOTE: If you do not understand what cookies are and how they work, we recommend reading this tutorial: What are cookies & What do they do?.

1. How to view and remove the cookies stored in Opera, using the Settings

Start by opening Opera’s menu with a click or tap on its button from the top-left corner of the browser window.

In the menu, go to Settings. Note that, if you prefer using your keyboard, you can also press the Alt + P keys to open the Settings.

Now, Opera loads a new tab where it gives you access to all its Settings. On the left sidebar, click or tap “Privacy & security.”

On the right side of the window, scroll down until you get to the section called Cookies. At the end of this section, there is a button called “All cookies and site data.” Click or tap on it.

Then, Opera shows a list of all the websites that store local data on your device. For each website that creates cookies in your browser, you can see the number of cookies stored.

If you have browsed the internet for a while, the list can be surprisingly long. To find a specific website, you can use the “Search cookies” field in the top-right area. Start typing the address of the website that interests you and Opera narrows the list to match the address that you entered.

Once you found the website for which you want to see what cookies it stores in Opera, click or tap on it. Then, you can see the cookies list, like this:

To learn more details about a cookie created by that website, click or tap its name. Opera then shows you all the information it has about that cookie. You can see the cookie’s Name, Content, Domain, Path, the date and time when it was Created, when it Expires and so on.

As you have noticed in the screenshots above, if you visit a page from our website, Digital Citizen, you receive at least two cookies:

  • cfduid - it comes from CloudFlare, a service that we use to load our website from a server that is near you so that it loads as fast as possible.
  • ga - a cookie from Google Analytics, the service that we use to analyze the traffic on our website.

If you want to delete the cookie that you are looking at, you can press the Delete button from the end of its details list.

If you want to delete all the cookies stored in Opera by a particular website, hover over the site in the list of “Cookies and site data” and then press the small X button found on the website’s right side.

If you want to delete all the cookies from all the websites that you visited, and all the other locally data that they stored in your Opera, you can do it with a click or tap on the “Delete all” button from the top-right side of the “Cookies and site data” list.

However, you should know that if you choose to delete all the cookies stored in your web browser, you might have to re-login on every website on which you were previously connected.

2. How to view and remove the cookies stored in Opera, using the Developer Tools

First, open Opera and use it to visit the website for which you want to see what cookies it stores. For example, visit our website. Then, click or tap the Menu button from the top-left corner of the window.

In Opera’s menu, hover your mouse cursor on Developer. Then, in the sub-menu that opens, click or tap “Developer Tools.”

NOTE: As you can see in the screenshot above, you can also simultaneously press the Ctrl + Shift + I keys on your keyboard to achieve the same result.

This opens up a console called “Developer Tools”: Here, select the Application tab.

On the left sidebar, look for the Storage section. Here you should find an entry called Cookies. Expand it by double-clicking or double-tapping on it.

When you expand the Cookies section, under it, you find all the sources from which the current website loads cookies, and you should see at least one entry that bears the name of the current website. For example, on our website, the Cookies section should have an entry called https:\\www.digitalcitizen.life. Click or tap on it and, on the right side of the “Developer Tools” console, Opera loads all the cookies originating from the current website. You should see something similar to this:

Opera shows each cookie on a different row, and for each cookie, you can see several details about it, such as its Name, Value, Domain, Path, the date and time when it Expires, its size and so on.

As you have noticed in the screenshots above, if you visit a page from our website, Digital Citizen, you receive at least two cookies:

  • cfduid - it comes from CloudFlare, a service that we use to load our website from a server that is near you so that it loads as fast as possible.
  • ga - it comes from Google Analytics, the service that we use to analyze the traffic on our website.

If you want to delete one or more cookies stored by a particular website that you visit, in the Cookies section from the “Developer Tools,” select the cookie that you want to remove, by clicking or tapping on it. Then, click or tap on the “Delete Selected” button. You can find it right above the list of cookies: its icon looks like a small X.

Opera deletes that cookie immediately, without asking for confirmation. Note that, instead of clicking/tapping the “Clear Selected” button, you can also press the Delete key on your keyboard to achieve the same result.

If you want to delete all the cookies stored by the website that you are visiting, click or tap the “Clear All” button. You can find it above the list of Cookies, to the left of the “Clear Selected” button.

Opera does not ask for any confirmation, and all the cookies created by the current website are deleted instantly.

Do you purge your cookies often?

It might be a positive from a privacy perspective. However, deleting all the cookies in your web browser also means that you must log in all over again on all the websites on which you have accounts that you use. That is not comfortable, so we are curious if, despite all that, you prefer to remove your cookies on a regular basis. Use the comments section below to share how you manage cookies in your web browser.