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How To Install Thunderbird on Linux Mint 21

Install Thunderbird on Linux Mint 21

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Thunderbird on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Thunderbird is a free and open-source email client developed by Mozilla Foundation. It offers support for multiple email accounts, a personal address book, and built-in search tools to help you find messages quickly. This application can also be used as a chat client, RSS, and news client app.

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 a Thunderbird on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).
  • 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 on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget ca-certificates gnupg2

Step 2. Installing Thunderbird Mail on Linux Mint 21.

By default, Thunderbird is not available on the Linux Mint 21 base repository. Now we add the Thunderbird PPA repository to your system using the following command:

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/mozilla-team.gpg] jammy main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mozilla-team.list

Next, import the GPG key:

sudo gpg --no-sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/mozilla-team.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 0AB215679C571D1C8325275B9BDB3D89CE49EC21 >> /dev/null-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/kdenlive.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys A59E5EBFCCC61564D6D4365B2763B0EE7709FE97 >> /dev/null

Now start by updating the packages list and install Thunderbird by using the command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install thunderbird

Step 3. Accessing Thunderbird Mail on Linux Mint 21.

Once we finish with the installation, we will find Mozilla Thunderbird mail in the Mint menu, in the Internet section or you can launch it through the terminal with the help of the command shown below:


Install Thunderbird on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Thunderbird. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird on the Linux Mint 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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