Install Latest ‘Thunderbird’ Email Client in Linux Systems
Thunderbird is an open source free cross-platform web based email, news and chat client application that is designed to handle multiple email accounts and news feeds.
On August 6, 2018 Mozilla team announced the release of Thunderbird 60.0. This new version comes a new look and plethora of new features and they are:
Thunderbird 60.0 Features
- Improved security features and better handling of attachments.
- Added light and dark themes.
- Added WebExtension themes.
- Various bug fixes and improvements in performance.
- Various security fixes.
Check out more about what’s new features and known issues for Thunderbird 60.0 version at Thunderbird Release Note.
This article will explain you how to install Thunderbird email client on Linux distributions such as Fedora, Ubuntu and its derivatives.
In many Linux distributions Thunderbird package included by default, and can be installed using the default package management system, because it will:
- Ensure that you have all the needed libraries
- Adds a Desktop shortcut to launch Thunderbird
- Make Thunderbird accessible to all system users on your computer
- It may not offer you the latest version of Thunderbird
Install Thunderbird Email Client in Linux
To install Thunderbird from the default system repositories issue:
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird [On Ubuntu based systems] $ dnf install thunderbird [On Fedora based systems]
As I said, installing from default repositories will give you older version of Thunderbird. If you want to install most recent version of Mozilla Thunderbird, you can use the PPA maintained by the Mozilla team.
Use CTRL + ALT + T from the desktop to open terminal and add the Thunderbird repository under Ubuntu and its derivatives.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
Next, update the system software packages using update command.
$ sudo apt-get update
Once you’ve updated the system, install it using the following command.
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird
That’s it, you’ve successfully installed Thunderbird 60.0 under your Linux system. Thunderbird also available for other operating systems at Thunderbird download page.