How to install Thunderbird 5 on ubuntu using PPA

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Mozilla Thunderbird is a total redesign of the Mozilla mail component to produce a cross-platform, stand-alone mail application using the XUL user interface language. It has many new features, among them the ability to customize your toolbars the way you want them. a new look and feel with a large number of downloadable themes which alter the appearance of the client, and the ability to add UI extensions.

What's New in Thunderbird

The latest version of Thunderbird has the following changes:

More responsive and faster to start up and use
Thunderbird is based on the new Mozilla Gecko 5 engine
New Add-ons Manager
Revised account creation wizard to improve email setup
New Troubleshooting Information page
Tabs can now be reordered and dragged to different windows
Attachment sizes now displayed along with attachments
Plugins can now be loaded in RSS feeds by default
There are several theme fixes for Windows Vista and Windows 7
Support for Mac 32/64 bit Universal builds (Thunderbird no longer supports PowerPC on Mac)
Over 390 platform fixes that improve speed, performance, stability and security

Install Thunderbird 5 on ubuntu using PPA

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Install lightning extension for your thunderbird email client

Lightning brings the Sunbird calendar to the popular email client, Mozilla Thunderbird. Since it's an extension, Lightning is tightly integrated with Thunderbird, allowing it to easily perform email-related calendaring tasks.

Open the terminal and run the following command

sudo apt-get install lightning-extension

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11 Responses

  1. Renato says:

    Sorry it would be “sudo apt-get install thunderbird”

  2. Tommy says:

    sudo apt-get thunderbird

    should be

    sudo apt-get install thunderbird

  3. Tommy says:

    Or of course if, like me, you have Thunderbird already installed from the repositories:

    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

  4. admin says:

    Thanks for heads up on that updated with correct command

  5. Tommy says:

    No problem. Good article, it never occurred to me to install Thunderbird via PPA, it works nicely.

  6. robert says:

    If you have been using a previous version of Thunderbird you may need to move to another directory / back-up the .thunderbird and .mozilla-thunderbird folders. I ran into some issues of Thunderbird not completely updating and retaining some unwanted settings from my previous Thunderbird version. Once you have Thunderbird 5.0 successfully installed you can go back and re-add selected data (local folders, calendars, contacts, tasks, etc).

  7. cYbercOsmOnauT says:

    Mozilla finally serves 32 and 64 bit builds of Firefox and Thunderbird in all languages. So there is no ppa needed anymore. Just download.. unpack.. use… and wow.. you can even use the “Help – About – Update” then 😉

  8. Peter says:

    Thunderbird installed fine, but get an error
    on the calendar extension:

    # apt-get install lightning-extension
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package lightning-extension

  9. Tommy says:

    Or if you want to install using the PPA:

    sudo apt-get install xul-ext-lightning

  10. vance says:

    Thanks! That was easy.

    ( Could not locate anything useful over at the Mozilla support site.)

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