In Ubuntu when new mail arrives Evolution changes message indicator to green color. I have migrated from Evolution to Thunderbird and that is why looking for how to make Thunderbird react like Evolution once a new mail arrives.


I have forgotten to note that I don't have administrator privileges in my working computer.


  • you also may have a look at Popper – Takkat Mar 9 '11 at 11:21

There is an extension that integrates Thunderbird with the Ubuntu Messaging menu (and also provides NotifyOSD notifications) that comes in a PPA. Here's a screenshot:

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To install it in Ubuntu, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ruben-verweij/thunderbird-indicator
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xul-ext-indicator libnotify-bin

You'll then find it in the Thunderbird extensions. The PPA provides packages for Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04, though the 11.04 version is a bit more advanced and allows you only display notifications for messages that arrive in a certain folder, etc.

There was also an add-on for Thunderbird, based on the above extension, but it has since been removed.

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  • The problem is that I don't have administrator privileges. – Bakhtiyor Mar 9 '11 at 11:21
  • Besides it works only with Ubuntu Unity as it is mentioned in its mozilla add-ons page. – Bakhtiyor Mar 9 '11 at 11:27
  • They are wrong, it works fine in a normal GNOME session. All you need is the indicator-messages menu and your system got to be 32-bit. – htorque Mar 9 '11 at 11:40
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    I have 64 bit OS in addition to all these problems. – Bakhtiyor Mar 9 '11 at 12:24
  • I used that and it throws up knows issues. The problem is that probably of some issues in packaging. libnotify-bin should be a dependency for xul-ext-indicator I for got the libnotify-bin and used to get error every now and then – Manish Sinha Mar 9 '11 at 12:39

Or you can use popper. This is an e-mail checker applications, and it can start Thunderbird too.

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In latest releases of Ubuntu - 12.04 and later, Thunderbird is default mail-client and by default, notifies of new mail.

So, I would suggest upgrading to 12.04 or 12.10.

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For details on how to configure notifications for selected Folders in Thunderbird please refer to this post.

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Not exactly what you need but I have used this addon of thunderbird which minimizes to tray and gives pop up notification for new messages.

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