Ubuntu Bionic (18.04) has last 60.8.0 thunderbird version.
If like me, you want already have the just fresh v68.0 release…


You can download the current Linux version of thunderbird, https://download.mozilla.org/?product=thunderbird-68.1.0-SSL&os=linux64&lang=en-US e.g. "thunderbird-68.1.0.tar.bz2" and extract it as root into /usr/lib/ by using

user@sh~$: sudo tar -C /usr/lib/ -xjvpf ~/Downloads/thunderbird-68.1.0.tar.bz2

it worked for me under Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. Since I am using thunderbird on Mac, Windows and Linux in parallel, I prefer having it on the same version.

Note: This might be overwritten if an official update package for thunderbird will be installed from ubuntu


Don't know if this will work with Ubuntu, but worked great with Mint.

To put an icon on the Desktop, you can also create a launcher for the desktop by right clicking the desktop:

  1. Select Create a new launcher here ….
  2. Put in the name you want to appear on the launcher in the top box.
  3. Browse to the folder and program starting file.
  4. Click OK

This should create a launcher on the desktop.

Once the icon appears on the Desktop, to change the icon, right click on the icon and select Properties. When that window appears, left click on the icon and select one of the headings on the left to look through for a more meaningful icon.

Click on it and click Select. In this case under Applications, I found Thunderbird – Old and that worked fine.

  • thank for this info, but take into account that the question is not about create a shortcut… and not about mint, but I know when you begin to contribute, you can't add comment!
    – bcag2
    Nov 20 '19 at 7:28

NB: it doesn't overwrite v60.8 you already have!

You can download it on official thunderbird website
Then extract it, for example in /home/$USER/Downloads/
If you launch thunderbird runable file (from nautilus), it runs but doesn't find your profil so, I launched it from terminal:

cd /home/$USER/Downloads/thunderbird

if your profil are not founded, launched one time with:

./thunderbird -P

and select default

To add icon launcher:
Create file like:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=last TB version

then click "show all applications" launcher or super, type "tb", the new launcher should appears, right-click on it and select add in your favorites.
Perhaps you will need to replace $USER with your account name.

EDIT : To TB-68 to 78, I just accepted download link which is open when TB starts !

As my point of view, it is ok to wait that v68 are in official repository.
In other case it should be probably better to use snap (not available yet) or flatpak solution.

  • Issue with this method is that there is no laucher icon in your application menu for the new version. You may want to add how to do that.
    – vanadium
    Sep 2 '19 at 9:19
  • @vanadium Your're right, it's done right now!
    – bcag2
    Sep 2 '19 at 10:18
  • It is fine to answer your own question and accept it.
    – vanadium
    Sep 2 '19 at 10:39

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