Mozilla Thunderbird on Linux

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Configuring Mozilla Thunderbird on Linux

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Note: When installing Thunderbird under Linux, it's highly recommended to use one of the built in methods for your distribution such as apt, yum, synaptic, et al.


Install Mozilla Thunderbird

If necessary, it is recommended to use your preferred package manager or method to install Thunderbird from your Linux distribution software repository.

Launch Mozilla Thunderbird

Launch Mozilla Thunderbird.

Mail Account Setup

Once Thunderbird launches, you will see a screen asking for your account information.

  1. In the Your name: field, enter in your first and last name - this is what people will see when the receive an email from you
  2. In the Email address: field, enter in your email address, this can be found on your Welcome Letter
  3. In the Password: field, enter in your email address as found on your Welcome Letter
  4. Click on Continue (the displayed window will expand and show additional information)

The next step is setting up the mail client with the incoming and outgoing mail servers.

NOTE: The alert that Thunderbird failed to find the settings for your email account is a warning that can be safely ignored.

In the Username: field, enter your complete email address.

In the row that starts with Incoming:

  1. In the first text field, enter:
  2. In the next dropbox, select POP
  3. In the next text field, enter: 995
  4. In the next dropbox, select: SSL/TLS

Moving on to the next row starting with Outgoing:

  1. In the first text field, enter:
  2. The next field is filled in for you with SMTP
  3. In the next text field, enter: 465
  4. In the next dropbox, select: SSL/TLS

Click on Manual Setup.. button found in the lower left

Mozilla Thunderbird - Account Settings

Click on Outgoing Server (SMTP) on the left side of the Account Settings window, then click on the Edit... button.

Mozilla Thunderbird - SMTP Server

A new floating window called SMTP Server will appear. Make the following changes to the Security and Authentication section.

  1. In the first dropbox labeled Connection security:, select SSL/TLS
  2. In the next dropbox labeled Authentication method:, select Normal password
  3. In the last text box labeled User Name:, enter in your complete email address
  4. Click on OK

Mozilla Thunderbird - Account Settings

You should now see a screen from earlier called Account Settings. Click on OK (lower right corner) in the Account Settings window.

Mozilla Thunderbird - Mail Client

This will take you back to the main interface of the mail client. The setup of Thunderbird is now complete.

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