Similar to Firefox, what's the best way to stay up to date with the latest stable releases of Thunderbird?
You can use the terminal to download and install it directly.
wget https://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/24.3.0/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2 -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:
- change en-US to your locale
- Note that
thunderbird-24.3.0.tar.bz2is the latest version. You can check from the Thunderbird web site.
Enter your password to confirm the action.
Source: installing thunderbird linux.
The latest version of Firefox is available for as a security updates in all supported releases of Ubuntu, just doing a normal update will pull it in.
Usually it's available within a few hours of Mozilla's announcement, sometimes faster, depending on the archive builders, and the speed of your local mirror, etc.
On top of that the PPA of the Mozilla Security team always offers the latest stable releases of Thunderbird (and Firefox) for all supported Ubuntu releases. The Mozilla team uses it as a staging area for package builds that are going to end up in the main repositories after some testing. This means that you may get new releases a few hours or even days ahead of the main repository but they may me subject to (usually minor) packaging errors before they are superseded with a fixed version.
You can set it up and upgrade Thunderbird with these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
This is a step-by-step instruction on how to install the latest Thunderbird version.
First of all, if there is a version of Thunderbird installed, it needs to be removed. Don’t worry, your existing accounts will remain. If the launcher for the Unity Desktop should be kept, we’ll back it up first. It’ll be moved to its original location later.
cp /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop ~
sudo apt remove thunderbird
Download the latest Thunderbird version from Mozilla. The downloaded file is an archive containing the complete program. It’s not a package that one can install with a package manager. The following steps are putting the program into a proper location.
Extract the archive:
tar xjf thunderbird-*.tar.bz2
Move the directory to a new location:
sudo mv thunderbird /opt/
Create a symlink in
sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
Add a launcher for the Unity Desktop:
a) If the
thunderbird.desktopwas backed up in the first step, we simply use that. We also update the reference to the icon.
sed -i "s/Icon=thunderbird/Icon=\/opt\/thunderbird\/chrome\/icons\/default\/default128.png/g" ~/thunderbird.desktop
Activate the launcher again:
sudo mv ~/thunderbird.desktop /usr/share/applications
b) Otherwise, we create the launcher file:
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop
Add the following lines to
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Thunderbird Mail Comment=Send and receive mail with Thunderbird GenericName=Mail Client Keywords=Email;E-mail;Newsgroup;Feed;RSS Exec=thunderbird %u Terminal=false X-MultipleArgs=false Type=Application Icon=/opt/thunderbird/chrome/icons/default/default128.png Categories=Application;Network;Email; MimeType=x-scheme-handler/mailto;application/x-xpinstall; StartupNotify=true Actions=Compose;Contacts [Desktop Action Compose] Name=Compose New Message Exec=thunderbird -compose OnlyShowIn=Messaging Menu;Unity; [Desktop Action Contacts] Name=Contacts Exec=thunderbird -addressbook OnlyShowIn=Messaging Menu;Unity;
To install the latest stable version of Thunderbird which is 52.3.0, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:
Then you do:
tar -xjvf thunderbird-52.3.0.tar.bz2 cd thunderbird sudo ln -s ~/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird sudo thunderbird
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.