How To Install Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure the Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS server. For those of you who didn’t know, Mozilla Thunderbird is the world’s leading email client software; it is free, open-source, cross-platform, works flawlessly, designed to handle a high flow of emails. Not only email clients, but it is also one of the best chat and news client apps as well.  Mozilla Thunderbird is being used by millions of people all around the globe on daily basis to cater to their email and news feeds. It is a lighting fast app and is extremely lightweight, it hardly contributes to your system load or high resource consumption.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Thunderbird Email Client on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Thunderbird.

Let’s Add the Thunderbird repository under Ubuntu and its derivatives:

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

Install Thunderbird package using apt-get command:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

That’s it, you’ve successfully installed Thunderbird 45.6.0 under your Linux system.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Thunderbird. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Thunderbird website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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