How to Set up Thunderbird Email Client in Ubuntu or any Linux OS

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform application from the makers of Mozilla Firefox, for managing email, news feeds, chat, and newsgroups. One great feature of Thunderbird is that it can work seamlessly with any email service provider, synchronizing messages between your local version of Thunderbird and your web-based mail account. Here’s how to access email through Thunderbird on your desktop.

We need to collect IMAP and SMPT server information before setting up the Thunderbird. You can collect them from your email service provider website.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server

  • IMAP Server: imap.gmail.com
  • Port: 993
  • Require SSL: Yes
  • Username: Your email address
  • Password: Your email password

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) SERVER

  • SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com
  • Port for SSL: 465
  • Port for TLS/STARTTLS: 587
  • Require SSL: Yes Requires
  • TLS: Yes (if available)
  • Require authentication: Yes
  • Username: Your email address
  • Password: Your email password

To access your IMAP-enabled account in Thunderbird:

  1. Open Thunderbird on your desktop or from the menu.
  2. Click on Email under the heading Set up an Account.
  3. In the Mail Account Setup dialog box, provide your email account information (real name, email address, and password). Thunderbird will try to configure the connection automatically.
  4. Sign in with your email account.
  5. Thunderbird downloads your email messages, and you can now access your Gmail on Thunderbird.

That is it. Now you can send and receive email form you Thunderbird.

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