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How To Install Thunderbird 3 In Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04)

The latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird is out in the market, lets see how you can install it on Ubuntu Jaunty. The Package repositories of Ubuntu do not contain this version of Thunderbird yet.

In order to install Mozilla Thunderbird 3 on Ubuntu Jaunty, we will need to include its repositories in the system. Open the terminal and run the following command, which will open the sources.list file.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Now append the following lines to the end of this file, it will include the path of Thunderbird 3 to your Ubuntu repository.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main


That’s it, now update your repositories collection by entering the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get update

All pre-requisites are completed now, run the following command to install Thunderbird 3.

sudo apt-get install thunderbird-3.1 thunderbird-3.1-gnome-support

Once Completed, launch it from Applications > Internet > Thunderbird 3

ThunderBird 3

Check out our previous post on Thunderbird as well. Enjoy!

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  • Michiel

    Hi there, I would like to stress that Thunderbird 3.1 is ALPHA and should not be used for real work other than testing.
    Thunderbird 3.0 is released, and stable.

  • cuisien


    the ubuntu-mozilla daily repo is not meant for production… as it contains daily/alpha/whatever builds… not stable ones!
    there is already a firefox-stable ppa.. maybe there will be a tbird3 stable ppa soon!

  • donfisico

    Look, I do not want be annoying but I folowed the instructions literally and after I typed
    sudo apt-get install thunderbird-3.1 thunderbird-3.1-gnome-support, the system answers
    Can`t find pack thunderbird-3.1. So I do not what to do

  • donfisico

    sudo apt-get install thunderbird-3.1 thunderbird-3.1-gnome-support
    the system reports
    can not find package thunderbird-3.1

  • Sukhi

    Wonderful post, btw no stuff on Linux now-a-days ?

  • Frank Martin

    will that cause us to lose the old mail,folders and setting we had on Thunderbird 2?