Opera is a great browser, but one feature it’s been lacking for a very long time is the ability to view the passwords you’ve saved with the Opera password manager (“The wand”).

There are a few closed-source and Windows-only programs out there. An open-source multi-platform utility to read the wand seemed like a good idea :-)

operapass can be run from in a terminal or with a basic GUI. It should find the wand.dat in your Opera profile directory, but you can also specify it as the first parameter (eg.. operapass-tk path/to/wand.dat)

There are two utilities: operapass-dump to dump the password file to your stdout (ie. terminal) and operapass-tk for a very basic TKinter GUI.

It should run on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and OSX.


operapass can currently only read wand files without a master password. Note you can remove and (re-)add a master password at any time in the Opera preferences.

operapass will use the M2Crypto module when available, and fall back to pyDes (bundled) when it’s not, note that M2Crypto is much faster. M2Crypto isn’t available for Python 3 yet.


Copyright © 2011-2014, Martin Tournoij [martin@arp242.net][2] MIT licence applies: http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT

The Opera wand format is described here:
This information was an extremely useful starting point.

operpass also includes pyDes from http://twhiteman.netfirms.com/des.html


Version 1.3, 2014-11-01

  • Detect if a master password is set

Version 1.2, 2013-03-13

  • Python 3 didn’t always work, fix that
  • Windows binaries
  • A few minor bugfixes/cleanup

Version 1.1, 2012-11-01

  • Work with both Python 2 & 3

Version 1.0, 2011-10-04

  • Initial release

[2]: mailto: martin@arp242.net