What’s in a term: Snapshot vs Stable


  • Vivaldi Team

    We often get asked about the difference between the Snapshot and the Stable versions of Vivaldi, and what is recommended for different people. Here we explain what is what and which version is best for you.

    Click here to see the full blog post



  • Good explanations. Only one question: Why isn't it called Selfie instead of Snapshot?



  • Caveat: The portable installs (aka USB install), while working just fine on one machine, will not carry any passwords to another machine because the passwords are stored with OS encryption and work only on the initial machine where the stand-alone install was created.


  • Moderator

    Great blog post. Thanks!

    On macOS, I would strongly advise against running multiple instances of Vivaldi concurrently, especially Stable and Snapshot, even with "standalone" installs.

    Another tip: I would also advise against trying out a Snapshot and then reverting back to Stable as that could also lead to a corrupted profile on some platforms.



  • @xyzzy Is it advisable to install the latest Stable over previous Snapshots, and the Next Snapshot for 1.14 (real soon now) over the present Stable version? I heard that that is OK.


  • Vivaldi Team

    @quhno: Thanks, I added this to the blog.


  • Moderator

    @pesala My experience (so far!) is that going to a newer version of Vivaldi is safe.

    However, going backwards is potentially a problem, especially if the structure of the base profile gets updated or changed. If a new version of Vivaldi introduces new features, new configuration options, etc. and changes the structure of the profile, there's always a risk that going back to an older version could result in something getting corrupted.

    Edit: I qualified my post with "so far" because there's always a potential risk when changing from Snapshot to Stable, even at a release juncture when they are based on the same code. Snapshots can contain experimental features that may not get carried over into the next Stable release (remember Enhanced History?) so the profiles might not be entirely compatible, even at that point.



  • Thanks for this nice blog.
    I'd like to see the feature to install Stable & Snapshot side by side on windows. I'm thinking of a "full normal installation" - nothing with standalone. I want a full integration of both version on my machine...

    Greetings

    IT



  • @quhno said in What’s in a term: Snapshot vs Stable:

    Caveat: The portable installs (aka USB install), while working just fine on one machine, will not carry any passwords to another machine because the passwords are stored with OS encryption and work only on the initial machine where the stand-alone install was created.

    They also do not "carry over" any extensions (although the extension settings are).



  • @xyzzy: I have just one question about that. I reinstalled Windows last Friday. Normally, I use Snapshot versions (x64), but when I wanted to download the latest Snapshot version, Edge (don't laugh...) refused to download the latest snapshot and I had to take the stable version, which is earlier that the stable version (stable: 1.13.1008.32 - Snapshot: 1.13.1008.30). Installing the next Snapshot over a stable version is possible and safe (by saving my profile), or is it better to remove the stable version and install the Snapshot version?


  • Moderator

    @nerdebeu: I don't think anything changed between builds 1008.30 and 1008.32 other than the branding and the update channel changing from Snapshot to Stable, so the profiles should be compatible. That said, if I were you, I'd remain on the Stable channel for now; there's no advantage to switching. When the 1.14 Snapshots get released, you can then decide whether or not to switch release channels at that time.

    As for backing up your profile, that's always a good idea!



  • @irontiger said:

    I want a full integration of both version on my machine...

    Problem: Which one should e.g. open files from the explorer or urls from other applications?



  • Thanks for the explanation.
    But I have a question.
    Why not make the snapshot and stable to create their own profile during their installation?
    With Opera, I can install Opera Dev, Opera Beta and Opera all at the same time without tweaking the installation.
    Thanks. Please ignore if already answered.



  • Oh thanks i use stable version in my laptop


  • Moderator

    Many people ask the difference between Snapshot and Stable. Another doubt is between Beta and RC.


  • Moderator

    Many people ask the difference between Snapshot and Stable. Another doubt is between Beta and RC.



  • Could the snapshots create profiles that have next in the name (I know that is a Presto throwback)?


  • Moderator

    @chas4 If you install standalone, you could of course name the folder Vivaldi Next.


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