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How to Install Thunderbird 60 in Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04

Last updated: September 27, 2018

Thunderbird email client 60 stable is finally available via Mozilla Team Stable PPA for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and their derivatives.

Thunderbird 60 was released one month and a half ago with following exciting new features:

  • New application logo
  • New “Photon” UI with rectangular tabs
  • Optional ‘light’ and ‘dark’ themes
  • Supports WebExtensions
  • New “Add-on Options” in Tools menu
  • Calendar events now display location
  • Native notifications on Linux
  • Improved email attachment UX
  • Compose window has button to delete email recipient(s)
  • Set the update interval for individual RSS feeds
  • OAuth2 authentication for Yahoo and AOL
  • FIDO U2F support

How to Install Thunderbird 60 in Ubuntu via PPA:

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, do following steps to add the Mozilla Team PPA and install Thunderbird 60.

1. Paste the command in terminal and hit run to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa

Type your password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then launch Software Updater and you’ll see the software updates after checking for update.

Or run following command one by one to refresh repository cache and install software updates:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


To downgrade Thunderbird to the stock version in Ubuntu universe repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:mozillateam/ppa

Thunderbird 24 Stable has been released. Here’s how to upgrade in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal.

New Features in Thunderbird 24:

  • Message threads can now be ignored or watched
  • Emails can now be sent to IDN based email addresses
  • Zoom functionality is now available in the compose window
  • In the Compose window, ctrl/cmd + and ctrl/cmd – now change the zoom setting rather than the font size
  • In Twitter, replying to a tweet now replies to all users, just like on the Twitter website
  • Interactions in the filter list dialogs have been improved
  • In Chat user nicknames are now highlighted when mentioned
  • In IRC, long messages will now be sent in multiple parts instead of being cut off
  • Various security fixes

You don’t have to do something special to install Thunderbird 24 because Canoncial has updated Ubuntu universe repository, so that you can easily upgrade to the latest version via Sysnaptic Package Manager. For details, follow the steps below:

1.) Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install Synaptic Package Manager:

2.) Open Synaptic Package Manager from Unity Dash.

3.) Click Reload button to update package lists.

4.) Search thunderbird in the Quick filter box.

5.) Right-click on the package and choose ‘Mark for Upgrade’

6.) Click Apply button to start upgrading.

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