Install Thunderbird 3.0 Official Release in Ubuntu

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Install Thunderbird 3.0 Official Release in Ubuntu

Thunderbird 3This thread is outdated, check this thread: Install Thunderbird Latest Official Release in Ubuntu

For installing latest testing version using apt-get, check Thunderbird 3.0 in Ubuntu...

Here is how to install the Thunderbird 3.0 official release...

1. Download

Download Thunderbird 3.0 setup from
Archive filename: thunderbird-3.0.tar.bz2.
Archive size: 11 MB.
Save archive to /tmp.

2. Extract and Test

Extract the archive

cd /tmp; tar xvjf thunderbird-3.0.tar.bz2

The files will be extracted to directory named thunderbird.

Test Thunderbird

cd thunderbird

Thunderbird will start...

3. Installing

Now install this version as the main Thunderbird installation.

cd /usr/lib
sudo mv /tmp/thunderbird thunderbird-3.5
cd ../bin
sudo ln -s -f ../lib/thunderbird-3.5/thunderbird thunderbird-3.5
sudo ln -s -f thunderbird-3.5 thunderbird

That will install thunderbird 3.0...

4. Using Existing Thunderbird Profile

CAUTION!!! When you run thunderbird for the first time, if it loads all your accounts and mails, then DON'T run this step...

For Thunderbird to use the existing profile...

$ mv ~/.thunderbird ~/thunderbird-profile-backup
$ ln -s ~/.thunderbird-3.0 ~/.thunderbird

Another method for installing Thunderbird is to use Ubuntuzilla. Check Install Latest Version of Firefox in Ubuntu...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks alot for this...was really stuck trying to install it. Don't know why they just don't make it a .deb file.

Anonymous said...

Hi, sorry for the ignorance, but I'm new at this... I succesfully instaled thunderbird 3.0 and I can run it if I go to /usr/lib/thunderbird-3.5 and then run it from there. But how can I add it to my menu where all the other apps are.


Anonymous said...

Do not EVER put files into /usr/lib that are not managed by the package manager. The bad thing about Ubuntu, is that we can get so many totally clueless people giving advice like this article when they in fact don't know what they are talking about.

You need to put thunderbird into either /usr/local/lib, /opt/, or my personal preference, $HOME/.local/.

Please stop telling users to do stupid things...

atoztoa said...


You can run it just by typing thunderbird-3.5, no need to go to /usr/lib.

For adding to the Main Menu, go to System->Preferences->Main Menu...

atoztoa said...


About /usr/lib, if you place your apps in /usr/local/lib, how can you override the command?

Please enlighten me...

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