December 3, 2021

How To Install Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

On this article we will discuss how to install Thunderbird mail client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.


There are lots of email clients available on the market. As users, of course we will get many benefit from the many choices of these email client applications. Microsoft Windows users must be familiar with Microsoft Outlook, because it has become the default Windows for their email client. For non-Windows users, of course, we will have an options than Microsoft Outlook. There are several email clients available besides Microsoft Outlook, namely: Mozilla Thunderbird, Zimbra, Claws Mail, Sylpheed and MailSpring. On this article we will discuss how to install Thunderbird email client on Ubuntu 20.04 desktop.

Mozilla Thunderbird Installation On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

On this tutorial, we will install Mozilla Thunderbird by using command line rather than Ubuntu Application Manager GUI interface. There are several step as follow :

  1. Add ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa Repository
  2. Update system package
  3. Install Thunderbird
  4. Configure Thunderbird Email Client

1. Add ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa Repository

On this section, we will add Mozilla repository, by submitting command line : sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa.

ramans@otodiginet:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
 [sudo] password for ramans: 
  daily (or even multiple builds per day) for various mozilla projects and branches.
 For questions and bugs with software in this archive, please contact  or visit #ubuntu-mozillateam on freenode.
  More info:
 Press [ENTER] to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it.
 Hit:1 focal InRelease
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 Get:3 focal-backports InRelease [101 kB]                                
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 Hit:7 focal InRelease                                                
 Get:8 focal-updates/main i386 Packages [449 kB]                         
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 Get:10 focal InRelease [17.6 kB]                           
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 Get:13 focal-updates/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [264 kB]                
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 Get:15 focal-updates/universe amd64 Packages [758 kB]                   
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 Get:22 focal-updates/multiverse amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [2,468 B]         
 Get:11 focal InRelease [23.4 kB]                                        
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 Get:24 focal-security/main i386 Packages [210 kB]                       
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 Get:5 40x InRelease [3,182 B]
 Get:26 focal-security/main Translation-en [120 kB]                      
 Get:27 focal-security/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [24.3 kB]              
 Get:6 311x InRelease [3,903 B]                                              
 Get:28 focal-security/main amd64 c-n-f Metadata [7,436 B]               
 Get:29 focal-security/universe amd64 Packages [551 kB]                  
 Get:30 focal-security/universe i386 Packages [436 kB]                
 Get:31 focal-security/universe Translation-en [81.4 kB]       
 Get:32 focal-security/universe amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [58.2 kB]        
 Get:33 focal-security/universe amd64 c-n-f Metadata [10.7 kB]           
 Get:34 focal/main amd64 Packages [12.0 kB]                              
 Get:35 focal/main i386 Packages [5,005 B] 
 Fetched 6,113 kB in 6s (988 kB/s)                                                                                   
 Reading package lists… Done
Add Mozilla Thunderbird Repository
Add Mozilla Thunderbird Repository

2. Update Package System Ubuntu

On this section we havet to update our package system, to take effect of the newest repository which was added. We just submit the command line : sudo apt-get update.

ramans@otodiginet:~$ sudo apt-get update
 Hit:1 focal InRelease
 Hit:2 focal-updates InRelease                                           
 Hit:3 focal-backports InRelease                                         
 Hit:4 focal-security InRelease                                          
 Hit:5 focal InRelease                                                
 Hit:8 focal InRelease                                      
 Hit:9 focal InRelease                                                   
 Get:6 40x InRelease [3,182 B]
 Get:7 311x InRelease [3,903 B]
 Fetched 7,085 B in 3s (2,173 B/s)   
 Reading package lists… Done
Update Ubuntu package
Update Ubuntu package

3. Install Thunderbird Client Email

Then we just install the software by submitting command line : sudo apt-get install thunderbird.

ramans@otodiginet:~$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird
 Reading package lists… Done
 Building dependency tree       
 Reading state information… Done
 Suggested packages:
   thunderbird-gnome-support ttf-lyx libotr5
 The following NEW packages will be installed:
 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 31 not upgraded.
 Need to get 0 B/50.7 MB of archives.
 After this operation, 210 MB of additional disk space will be used.
 Selecting previously unselected package thunderbird.
 (Reading database … 196064 files and directories currently installed.)
 Preparing to unpack …/thunderbird_1%3a78.7.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1_amd64.deb …
 Unpacking thunderbird (1:78.7.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) …
 Setting up thunderbird (1:78.7.1+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1) …
 Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) …
 Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) …
 Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) …
 Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.1-1) …
 Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu3) …
Install Thunderbird email Client
Install Thunderbird email Client

4. Configuring Thundebird

After installation was completed done, the nex step is to configure the account whom using this application. There are two option to call the Thunderbird application : using Application manager and command line.

Running Thunderbird from GUI :

Find Thunderbir from the GUI console then double clik the button, as shown below.

Run Thunderbird mail from Ubuntu GUI
Run Thunderbird mail from Ubuntu GUI

Running Thunderbird using Command line :

Call Thunderbird by submitting command line : thunderbird as shown below .

Run Thunderbird mail from Ubuntu command line
Run Thunderbird mail from Ubuntu Command line

For the first time, we have to configure our email properties. We will be promted about Name, email address account and password.

Setting email client
Setting email client

Then we will be asked about our email server : 1. Protocol that we use, Incomeing and outgoing mail server. After all are set and OK, then we will have the main menu as shown below.

So far, the Mozilla Thunderbird mail client installation has been completed.


On this article we have shown you how to install and configuring Thunderbird email client on Ubuntu successfully.

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