Using FastMail with Opera Mail

What you need to know

Opera offers an email client built right into the Opera browser. The below instructions are based on the Opera Mail that comes with Opera browser version 10.63

Opera browser is a free download available from:

Note: If you already know how to set up your client, and you already understand the information below, see this help page for the server information you need to set up your e-mail client. The Troubleshooting Issues section at the bottom of this page may be helpful if you have problems.

In order to use Opera Mail with FastMail, you'll need to enter the following information:

  • username - When you signed up for FastMail, you chose a username which is also your e-mail address. You must use the full username, including the name and the domain part, which is the part after the '@' symbol. For example, a user named John Doe might have chosen a username of "". Make sure that you specify your username in lowercase only.
  • password - When you signed up for FastMail, you chose a password to go along with your username. You will need the password to access your account. The password also keeps others from being able to access your e-mail. Your password is case sensitive, so be sure that you type it in correctly. "PASS123" is different to  "pass123". Often, users forget about the CapsLock button and mistype their password.
  • incoming mail server (IMAP or POP) - This is the server that you get your e-mail from. Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) and Post Office Protocol (POP) are retrieval methods used to move e-mail messages from the server to your e-mail client so that you can read your messages. POP access is not available for all service levels, please check the pricing table for details. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is required for your protection as well. SSL keeps people from reading your e-mail as it is transmitted between the e-mail server and your computer.
  • outgoing mail server (SMTP) - This is the server that sends your e-mail. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the method that your client uses to move e-mail messages from your client to the server so that it can send your messages. The FastMail SMTP server is not available for all service levels, please check the pricing table for details. If your service level does not allow use of the FastMail SMTP server, you must use the SMTP server provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

    The FastMail SMTP server requires SMTP Authentication. This keeps people who are not users of the FastMail service from using the SMTP server to send spam messages on the Internet. SSL is required for the FastMail SMTP server. If you don't use the FastMail SMTP server, you may have different options or requirements. You will need to get that information from your ISP.

Incoming/Outgoing Server Setup

  1. First Time Startup

    Open your Opera browser and from the main Menu choose Mail and Chat Accounts.
    If its the first time you are setting up an account, it will ask you if you wish to create a new account.

    Click on Yes.

    If there are existing accounts, it will give you a window similar to what you see below. In that case you need to click on the Add button.

  2. Type of Account

    Choose Email and click on Next.

  3. User Information

    Enter these values:

    Real Name: Enter the name you want people to see beside your email address when they receive email from you.
    Email address: Enter your full email address. This address would be displayed in the "From" field for emails that you send through Opera Mail.
    Organization: Enter the name of your organization or leave blank

    Click on Next.

  4. Account Information

    Login ID: Enter your full fastmail username.
    Password: Enter your fastmail password.
    In the Select an email account type section, choose IMAP.

    Click on Next

  5. Server Information

    Incoming Mail Server:
    Outgoing Mail Server:
    Enable both the Use secure connection (TLS) checkboxes.

    Click on "Finish"

  6. You should now be able to access your emails on Opera Mail.
    Right click on your account, click on Properties

    and make sure the Servers tab values matches the ones shown in this screenshot
    (Note that the Username should be your full fastmail username and not the one shown in the screenshot)

  7. Subscribe to the Server Folders

    Sometimes Opera Mail will not automatically discover all of the folders that are part of your FastMail account. It is important to ensure that Opera Mail has subscribed to all the required folders.

    Right click on your INBOX and click on Properties

    Select the folders you wish to subscribe to (especially INBOX, Drafts, Junk Mail and Sent Items)

  8. Setup Server Folders

    Opera Mail needs to be set to utilize the FastMail Sent Items folder to save its sent messages.
    From the browser Menu choose Mail and Chat Accounts
    Choose your fastmail account and click on Edit

    At the bottom of the Outgoing tab choose INBOX.Sent Items as the IMAP sent Folder and click on OK

  9. Your account should now be fully setup with Opera Mail

    Last modified on: Fri Nov 26 2010