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A Single Command to Install Thunderbird 3 in Ubuntu

For Windows, Mac and Linux: Thunderbird 3 makes it to the final after many preliminary betas, lovers of the open source cross-platform desktop email client can now grab it and enjoy its many new features.

Tabbed emails and Search are certainly the most interesting features in this major upgrade. The first lets you load emails in separate tabs like most web browsers do, the second now contains filtering and time timeline tools to help get to the exact email you’re searching for.

Yes Thunderbird 3 is very fast – Thunderbird has always been my default desktop email client in Ubuntu, this new version really gets me excited. Setting up a new email account be it IMAP or POP3 has never been so easy – Seeing is believing. If you’re now hungry enough to try Thunderbird 3, use the command-line below for a quick download and install.

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wget -O - http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/latest-3.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-3.0.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C ~

[Update 1] If you got here via the Ubuntu forums , then this update is for you:
If you want to install Thunderbird 3 in different language other than English (American) copy the command above and change the en-US to your language, for example en-GB for Great Britain, it for Italian, es-ES, Spanish-Spain – for others look here

Read on how to back-up and import your previous Thunderbird profiles Here!!!

Thunderbird 3.0 is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. For more on the amazing features in Thunderbird 3 move to the release notes.

  • Ballboy

    NB: Change 3.0. to 3.0.3. otherwise it will error

  • Ballboy

    NB: Change 3.0.tar.bz2 to 3.0.3.tar.bz2 in the above path otherwise it will error

  • Nas

    If you are running Karmic, just add the following from the CLI.

    #1: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa

    #2: sudo apt-get update

    #3: sudo apt-get install thunderbird-3.1 thunderbird-3.1-gnome-support

    That is all & you now have Thunderbird 3 running on your system.

  • http://www.kabatology.com/ Martin Kaba

    @NAS: thanks for the info & update.
    @BALLBOY: thanks for the updates.

  • Darrell Goodman

    NAS, you are my hero. Thank you.

  • Ricardo

    To install the latest thunderbird on Ubuntu 9.10:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/371719776/install-thunderbird.tar.gz

    This uses Ubuntuzilla, and installs everything in the right places

  • TaintedShirt

    as Ballboy said Thunderbird is now updated. Change to 3.0.4.tar.bz2 for latest and greatest.

    Thanks guys you saved me from going nuts trying to install this.

    Just a note to other people who are new to linux like myself. Check out the page (linked above) that shows how to import/ export profiles. It shows where Thunderbird has been installed to and where you need to link the launcher icons in order to run and set up Thunderbird.

  • Thomas

    Hey,
    If someone uses a 64bit Ubuntu and downloads/installs the version from the main website http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

    make sure you disable IPV6 support within Thunderbird. I’ve done this via

    - edit -> preferences -> advanced -> general -> config editor
    - search for ‘ipv6′ and turn it to ON by double-clicking on it

    restart Thunderbird… done… :D

    tags: thunderbird 3 Server not found network broken

  • http://junkmail.com.au Namsul

    with new version listed in archive command needs to be

    wget -O – http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/latest-3.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-3.0.4.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C ~

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  • http://elmit.ourtoolbar.com Ronald Wiplinger

    I upgraded Thunderbird to 3.x and it does not start. Killing all processes and start from the CLI gives me:

    ronald@ronald-desktop:~$ /home/ronald/thunderbird/thunderbird
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /home/ronald/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so [/home/ronald/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/xine-plugin/xineplugin.so [/usr/lib/xine-plugin/xineplugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/gxine/gxineplugin.so [/usr/lib/gxine/gxineplugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/gcjwebplugin.so [/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/gcjwebplugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/librhythmbox-itms-detection-plugin.so [/usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/librhythmbox-itms-detection-plugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-basic-plugin.so [/usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-basic-plugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-cone-plugin.so [/usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-cone-plugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-gmp-plugin.so [/usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-gmp-plugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-mully-plugin.so [/usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-mully-plugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so [/usr/lib/totem/gstreamer/libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /var/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so [/var/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64]
    – Exception object –
    + message (string) ‘nounDef is undefined’
    + fileName (string) ‘file:///home/ronald/thunderbird/modules/gloda/gloda.js’
    + lineNumber (number) 1829
    + stack (string) 416 chars
    + name (string) ‘TypeError’
    *
    – Stack Trace –
    gloda_ns_newQuery(103)@file:///home/ronald/thunderbird/modules/gloda/gloda.js:1829
    ContactIdentityCompleter()@file:///home/ronald/thunderbird/components/glautocomp.js:206
    nsAutoCompleteGloda()@file:///home/ronald/thunderbird/components/glautocomp.js:520
    (null,[object XPCWrappedNative_NoHelper])@file:///home/ronald/thunderbird/modules/XPCOMUtils.jsm:313
    getService()@:0
    ()@chrome://messenger/content/search.xml:109

    How to fix it?

    bye

    Ronald

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