Thunderbird Linux- How to Install Latest Version on Linux Ubuntu

Thunderbird Linux

Thunderbird Linux: In this article, we will see How to Download and Install Thunderbird mail application for Linux on different Ubuntu Unity 18.04.1 LTS and other Ubuntu-based Distros(Debian). Basically, Thunderbird is an Open Source Email client and as well as Chat Client with which you can perform a number of actions related to sending and receiving emails and chatting through emails and organizing your emails and as well as Create and Manage Contacts. Thunderbird for Linux was developed by Mozilla and this article will help you install Latest Version of  Thunderbird Linux on Ubuntu Unity and other Linux Distros using different methods.

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Different Methods to Install Thunderbird mail on Linux:

When it comes to Linux, there are a lot of Distributions and the most used among them will be Ubuntu based on Debian Distributions and other Non-Debian Distributions such as Fedora and more. Here we will see How to Install install this application on Linux Ubuntu Unity 18.04.1 LTS and on Linux Debian Distributions and NonDebian distributions.

How to Install Thunderbird Linux using Terminal- Debian Distros:

The following are the commands that you have to use to install this application on Linux.

$   sudo apt-get install thunderbird

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How to Use? Paste and Execute the above Command.

If you are a beginner then kindly refer the below steps and images for easy understanding. We have used Ubuntu Unity 18.04.1 LTS for steps and image references.

  • Open Terminal using CTRL + ALT + T.
  • Paste and run the following command. Kindly enter your Password if you are asked to authenticate the process using Password.
$   sudo apt-get install thunderbird 

How to Use? Paste the above command and press Enter key.

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Execute the Command
  • That’s it. Now the application will be installed. You can start using the application by accessing it through All Applications.

Download and Install Thunderbird Linux on Ubuntu Unity- GUI mode:

If you are new to Linux and have installed Ubuntu Unity as your Operating system then this will be the most Easiest Method. Kindly follow the below steps.

  • Go to All Applications.
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    All Applications
  • Search and Locate Ubuntu Software and Open it.
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    Ubuntu Software
  • Click on the Search Symbol that is available on the Top of the Window.
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    Search Symbol
  • A Search bar will appear now. Search for Thunderbird.
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    Search for the Application
  • Once you locate the application, Click on that and Choose Install.
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    Choose Install
  • Kindly wait for the application to install.
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    Installing Thunderbird
  • Once the installation is done, you can Launch the Thunderbird application.
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    Launch Application

How to Install Thunderbird on Fedora Based Linux Distros:

  1. Kindly open the Terminal.
  2. Now, run the following command.
$   dnf install thunderbird

How to Use? Paste and Execute the above command.

Advantages and Latest Features in Thunderbird Linux:

  • Mozilla recently released the Latest and Most Stable version of Thunderbird mail. Hence the application is up to date
  • It supports different kinds of mail accounts such as POP, IMAP, Gmail.
  • Setup Wizard of Thunderbird will help you to get started with it.
  • The Latest version is faster and secure and hence hassle free.
  • A lot of added features such as One click address bookSpam filter, Advanced Searches and a lot more will make it more comfortable using Thunderbird.

Getting Started with Thunderbird Mail on Linux:

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Setup your Email Account

When you open the application for the first time, you will be asked to Setup your Email Account. You have to specify your name and email address.

  • You can also start a Chat with the help of Chat Wizard.
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    Display Thunderbird Menu
  • You can add a lot of Addons, Themes, Plugins and more using the shortcut Display Thunderbird Menu –> Add-ons –> Add-ons.
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  • You can also manage your Address book by adding information about your existing contacts and as well as creating new contacts.
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    Address Book
  • Activity Manager will show the processes that are going on now currently on Thunderbird. You can access it using Display Thunderbird Menu –> Activity Manager.

Make Default Mail Service as Thunderbird mail on Ubuntu Unity 18.04.1 LTS:

  1. Click on All Applications.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the end of the Left panel and locate Details. Click on that.
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    Details on Left Pane
  4. Under Default Applications, Choose Thunderbird mail for mail service.
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    Set Default Application
  5. That’s all. It is set to default on Ubuntu Unity.

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  1. After I updated my password on my gmail account I can no longer get Thunderbird to authenticate. The pop up come up and save “allow thunderbird to access…” when I click “allow” I get a quick error message that Thunderbird was not able to authenticate. This is very frustrating. I am able to authenticate TB for my gmail account with the new password on all my other devices but my Ubuntu 19.04 will not do it. I am able to see the web page for this account with no problems. I have been trying to do everything I can think of and everything others are saying to no avail. I have been using TB exclusively on my Linux machine for many years with no problem. I threw away the saved password from Chrome and now the new password shows up in the saved passwords in TB but no luck authenticating.

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