I need to upgrade to thunderbird 78. I currently have 68 running Ubuntu 20.04. I tried:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa

and then update and upgrade but Ubuntu keeps on telling me:

thunderbird is already the newest version (1:68.10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1).


  • Thunderbird higher than 68 is not available in any PPA. If you really need the 78 version you will have to download and manually install it from the Thunderbird site itself. – Terrance Aug 27 at 18:15

The Ubuntu Desktop Team is currently working on packaging Thunderbird 78. Be patient.

You don't need to add a PPA. The Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Security teams regularly update Firefox and Thunderbird in all supported releases of Ubuntu.

The specific output you received means that nobody uploaded Thunderbird 78 to that PPA.

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    Thanks, that is good to know. So that means it will also soon come to 20.04? Or will it be faster in 20.10? – bjvca Aug 27 at 18:00
  • I am generally the last one to salivate over version numbers of software; I am running 20.04 for safety and stability. But I am forced to use MFA and here: [kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=102005] it says I need TB 77.0b1 or later for that... – bjvca Aug 27 at 18:44
  • Firefox? The question was about Thunderbird. – vanadium Aug 27 at 18:50
  • @vanadium good catch. Double-checked and edited. – user535733 Aug 27 at 18:52
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    TB 78 is now available in Ubuntu 20.10 and the link of this answer also (only) refers to 20.10. Does anyone know if TB 78 will actually be available for 20.04? – Mouagip Oct 27 at 20:34

You can use this ppa which provides the packaged version with no deps like libc6. Thunderbird is actually locked to version 68 on focal, and on 20.10 it is on version 78, but it forces using libc6 2.32.

Any way just use it from here https://www.ubuntuupdates.org/ppa/ubuntu_mozilla_security?dist=focal

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

You may also install thunderbird-fr to use French translation for example.

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  • This may be the marked solution! Thanks! – Ommadawn Oct 30 at 10:23
  • Please consider the following statement from the mentioned ppa: "Staging PPA for Mozilla and other browser-related security updates. Unless you are testing updates, you should NOT install packages from this PPA." Hence, this should be a workaround for the question but not the way to go to keep thunderbird up-to-date on your apt based system. – Eike Nov 25 at 15:12

If you real need new version, you can use Snap Store


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  • will install also v68, so it doesn't help – Semo Oct 22 at 13:44

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