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Similar to Firefox, what's the best way to stay up to date with the latest stable releases of Thunderbird?

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You can use the terminal to download and install it directly.

wget http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/24.3.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2 -O- | sudo tar xj -C /opt && sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

Note that this will also create a link in /usr/bin/ so that you can launch Thunderbird from the terminal without specifying its folder. Modify the following parts of that command to suit your environment:

  1. change en-US to your locale
  2. Note that thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2 is the latest version. You can check from the Thunderbird web site.

Enter your password to confirm the action.

Source: installing thunderbird linux.

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This answer should be accepted, imho. –  Luís de Sousa Feb 15 '14 at 12:54
What is the meaning of the single quotes in your command? –  minerz029 Feb 16 '14 at 10:55
The above command doesn't work. I get wget: invalid option -- 'C' when trying –  Mitch Feb 17 '14 at 18:10
@Mitch Sorry but I didn't test it before posting it here. You're free to edit it to a working command. –  Parto Feb 17 '14 at 19:17
This doesn't install the latest whenever they release one. –  Braiam Mar 10 '14 at 3:00

To install the latest stable version of Thunderbird which is 24.3.0, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

For 32bit

wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/24.3.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2

For 64bit

wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/24.3.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2

Then you do:

tar -xjvf thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2
cd thunderbird
sudo ln -s ~/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
sudo thunderbird

You can also update Thunderbird by downloading a MAR file. Click to download the 32bit version, or the 64bit version.

For complete instructions on how to update manually using a MAR file, see Software Update:Manually Installing a MAR file.

Note: I would highly recommend that you copy your profile (.thunderbird folder)to a different folder just to be on the safe-side in case anything goes wrong.

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If you want to install the latest version of mozilla Thunderbird, you can use the Daily PPA maintained by the Mozilla team. It uses the trunk version of Thunderbird so bugs are expected to happen, and there's also Firefox trunk:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird-trunk
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