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12 Responses

  1. Kyriakos says:

    I am using latest Ubuntu and that worked like a charm. I used so many other ways and I could not install Thunderbird. So many thanks for that.

  2. Michael Mast says:

    I followed the instructions to download and install Thunder Bird version 52.6. Everything appears to have worked. But, when I launch ThunderBird from Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop, TB version 52.5 continues to launch.

    I was attempting to update 52.5 with 52.6. Why did the old version launch? Why wasn’t that updated?

    [email protected] $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
    [sudo] password for michael: 
    You are about to add the following PPA:
     Staging PPA for Mozilla and other browser-related security updates. 
    Unless you are testing updates, you should not install packages from this PPA
     More info:
    Press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel
    • Ravi Saive says:


      I think the latest ThunderBird version not available in the PPA repository yet, so you should wait for some time till its available to install from PPA.

  3. Bruce Barbour says:

    Running Fedora 15 – Thunderbird problem mail ok but cannot enter letters with keyboard when attempting to forward e-mail cursor blinking but typing fails?

  4. Eddie G. says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Thunderbird comes ALREADY INSTALLED on Fedora / CEntOS / Ubuntu / OpenSuSE…etc No? To date the only Linux distros that don’t come with TB are the “exotic” ones….(Elementary OS…..Arch Linux…..Porteus…..etc)

    I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure this application comes with most Linux distros (remember Linux was competing with M$, so it was in their best interests to include not only a web browser and an office suite but an email/calendaring application as well, this is what TB is.

    So why or how would someone install Ubuntu and NOT have TB there is a complete mystery to me. Here are articles that show that TB is included with Ubuntu, (and most other major Linux distros!)

    As you can see this has been included with Linux since 11.10 and beyond. So what instance would there be for someone to have to install this on an Ubuntu system?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      I am totally agree with your point, YES thunderbird comes with almost all Linux distributions, but the available version might be little older. This article means to install latest (most recent) version of Thunderbird using official PPA maintained by Mozilla..

  5. Alexander says:

    I’m using 51.0b2 :)

  6. aashish says:

    Update the latest ppa is as follows
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install thunderbird


  7. Lizette DasMeer says:

    Why can’t the installation be easier. Not everyone is familiar with the ubuntu system. Is it too much or too hard to have an installer for software like for windows, or is doing it the geek way the only way to install software.

    I could not get thunderbird to install. You do not win followers to ubuntu by having the installation of software be so complicated.

    • julian says:

      These instructions are for the Linux black-screen lovers. Ordinary users may use Linux’s Update Manager. Windows users can download an installer from mozilla’s site

      In case this site changed or moved search for “thunderbird windows installer” in google.

    • Naví says:

      @lizette – you can also download a .deb file package and open it with the Ubuntu software system. or simply open the software center and install through there…. Ubuntu has some user-friendly aspects, but also some crazy advanced keyboard shortcuts and stuff!

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