In this post I’ll show you how to install the latest 45.1.1 version (at the time of this writing) of the Thunderbird on Ubuntu 16.04. The post is devided into two parts. Each part contains a few easy to follow steps. Just keep reading and you’ll end up with a latest Thunderbird on your Ubuntu 16.04 🙂
Part 1: Installation
Step 1: Download
Down load Thunderbird from Mozilla Thunderbird page.
Step 2: Extract
Open terminal, change directory to where you’ve downloaded Thunderbird and run the following command to extract it.
tar -xjvf thunderbird-45.1.1.tar.bz2
Step 3: Move
Move extracted thunderbird directory to the /opt directory by running the following command:
sudo mv thunderbird /opt
Step 4: Create Symlink
Run the below given command to create a symlink (short cut in windows environment):
sudo ln -s /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird
Part 2: Adding to Launcher
Step 5: Create ‘desktop’ File
Create a ‘desktop’ file named thunderbird.desktop. You are free to use whatever name for this file you want. Run following command to do so:
Step 6: Write in the ‘desktop’ File
Paste the following code in the thunderbird.desktop:
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Thunderbird Comment=Thunderbird, An Email Hnadler Icon=/usr/share/app-install/icons/thunderbird.png Exec=/opt/thunderbird/thunderbird Terminal=false Categories=Emails
Step 7: Permissions
Now open the ‘~/.local/share/applications/’ in nautilus
Right click the thunderbird.desktop file and open properties
Check the ‘Execute’ check box from the Permissions tab.
Step 8: Use the Thunderbird
Now double click the thunderbird.desktop file.
It will open the Thunderbird. Now you can Lock it to Launcher and also search in Dash.
Enjoy using your latest Thunderbird release.