Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 3

December 9, 2009

Mozilla Messaging announced on Tuesday that it had officially released Thunderbird 3 its open source mail client. I’ve written about Thunderbird 3 before. New features to the client include tabs, and an impressive search component. I’ve gotten a few emails asking how to install via apt. So I’ll post those instructions too.

You can install Thunderbird 3 via apt if you add the Mozilla Daily Build Team PPA found here:


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install thunderbird-3.0

That’s it for installing via apt. However, the branding will be different, it will be installed as Shredder 3 (its developmental codename).
Or, you can simply download/extract a folder and run it:

To install head over to the Mozilla Messaging website and download the release. Make sure to back up your profile if you remove any previously installed version of Thunderbird before upgrading.

Next, open a terminal and enter the following two commands to extract the archive you just downloaded:

cd ~/Desktop
tar xfvj thunderbird-3.0.tar.bz2

You don’t need the original archive any longer, so delete with the following command:

rm ~/Desktop/thunderbird-3.0.tar.bz2

After you’ve unpacked the archive enter the following command to move it to a more convenient location:

sudo mv ./thunderbird /opt/

Everything should be in order now, so let’s move to the directory and make sure it works:

cd /opt/thunderbird/

Finally, run the following command to launch Thunderbird:


If everything works fine and you’ve set up your email accounts with little frustration. Next, you may want to create a clickable icon on your desktop so you don’t have launch the program via the command line. To create a desktop icon, simply right-click and select “Create Launcher…” Then fill out the dialogue box with the following information:


Type: Application

Name: Thunderbird 3.0

Command: /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird

Comment: This launches Thunderbird 3.0.

Alternately, here’s another method for creating a link. Open a terminal and enter the following command:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/thunderbird3.desktop

Once the text editor is open, paste the following text into the editor (which should be blank):

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Thunderbird 3.0
Comment=Check Your Mail

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