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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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Why don't you accept an answer? This will help future readers as well. – MERose May 8 '15 at 10:08

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

wget -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

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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sudo apt-get install thunderbird worked for me, not thunderbird-trunk. – henrywright Dec 10 '15 at 22:37
@henrywright you are installing from Ubuntu's repositories, not from the PPA... – Braiam Dec 11 '15 at 2:17
I get this error: Unable to locate package thunderbird-trunk – Woeitg Feb 9 at 6:52
@Woeistg you didn't run apt-get update – Braiam Feb 9 at 12:20

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


For 64bit


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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The always latest Thunderbird beta version (newer than the official release, but usually pretty stable in contrast to the daily builds, however of course not as new as them) can be found in the following PPA:

ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next Launchpad logo (Click here for instructions on using PPAs.)

You simply install the PPA and upgrade your current version of Thunderbird from the command line by executing:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
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wget .... This targets a SPECIFIC version, NOT the latest stable version. Another spectacular example how and why .nix is useless.

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you could've done this in comment box too. – Prashant Chikhalkar Aug 12 '15 at 10:39

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