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I am using Thunderbird to read my gmail and yahoo emails. Both using IMAP. Then in the Synchronization & Storage option of the account, I tick the check-box with the message: Keep messages for this account on this computer.

So, where on my filesystem does Thunderbird store these archived messages?

P.S. I have the ~/.mozilla and ~/.thunderbird folders in my home directory.

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there. I detailed. – bioShark Jul 8 '12 at 21:12
thanks for the edits. We were editing each othere there for a moment. – bioShark Jul 8 '12 at 21:16
I thought so, but all's well that ends well! :) – izx Jul 8 '12 at 21:41
right you are. cheers. – bioShark Jul 8 '12 at 21:45
up vote 3 down vote accepted

If you didn't change the default profile, Thunderbird will save imap accounts in ~/.thunderbird/something.default/ImapMail and Directories there for your different accounts.

Anyways, you can have a look in ~/.thunderbird/profiles.ini under [Profile0] to see the path it is using for your profile.

LocalFolders and Pop accounts are in ~/.thunderbird/something.default/Mail directory.

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Thanks a lot. that was exactly what I was looking for. – bioShark Jul 8 '12 at 21:37
Great and complete answer. cheers – bioShark Jul 8 '12 at 21:45
Happy this helped! – laurent Jul 8 '12 at 21:53

In ubuntu , open your Home directory and press Ctrl +H to show hidden files in this directory . You will found .thunderbird in which you will get all files related to your mail .

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