Installing Thunderbird on Ubuntu and Adding It to the Launcher and Dash

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

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