How can I restore my backed up thunderbird files after format? Do I just copy the files back where thunderbird store these files? Or must I use import in thunderbird? What is the best way?


Dunno if it's the best way, but this is what I do:

  • Run Thunderbird up once on the new system (but don't create any mailboxes). This will create a directory in ~/.thunderbird with a generated hash and ".default" appended to the end.
  • Extract the backup into the directory.
  • Restart Thunderbird. It should find all the restored mailboxes and all the previous settings.
  • Thanks, I will try it. I didn't zip the folder(s) I backed up, will it make difference if I just copy it back?
    – Orosjopie
    Nov 14 '13 at 10:02
  • I don't think so, as long as the structure is the same (everything in the right spot where Thunderbird expects it to be).
    – Ash
    Nov 14 '13 at 10:03
  • Thanks, I just copied back and opened Thunderbird with all the accounts and mail back to where it belong.
    – Orosjopie
    Nov 14 '13 at 12:54

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