How To Install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Thunderbird on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. 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 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 through the step-by-step installation of Thunderbird Email Client on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Thunderbird in Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Thunderbird from the default Ubuntu repository:

Run the following command in order to install ThunderBird:

sudo apt install thunderbird
  • Install Thunderbird via Snap:

To install Thunderbird, simply use the following command:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install thunderbird

Step 3. Accessing Thunderbird on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, Thunderbird can be accessed either through Systems’ main Menu or from the terminal (issue thunderbird in terminal to run the application):


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Thunderbird. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Thunderbird email client on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Thunderbird website.

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