How to Install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Thunderbird Mail is a free, open-source email client that can be used on your desktop computer and mobile devices like iPhone or Android. The mail client software was initially developed by the Mozilla Foundation but is now maintained by the Thunderbird community for the community.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three installations method of APT, Flatpak, and Snap.

Update Ubuntu

The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Thunderbird Mail – APT Method

By default, Thunderbird Mail is available on Ubuntu 22.04 repository. But, it would be highly advised to install the PPA for Thunderbird that receives updates the quickest.

The first task is to import the Mozillateam PPA with the following command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa -y

Next, run an APT update as follows to reflect the new PPA.

sudo apt update

Now use the following command to install the latest Thunderbird stable mail client.

sudo apt install thunderbird -y

Alternatively, instead of importing the PPA, you can install Thunderbird from Ubuntu 22.04 repository directly, which may suit users that do not want any hassles in the future.

sudo apt install thunderbird -y

Install Thundermail Mail – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is not installed on Ubuntu distributions, given Snap, which is Flatpak’s rival, is owned by Canonical and Ubuntu. However, Flatpak is still available to install from Ubuntu’s default repository.

The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version compared to Ubuntu which focuses on stability with older versions that only see updates for security issues or serve bugs.

First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.



Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now install the mail client software using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub org.mozilla.Thunderbird

Install Thunderbird Mail – Snap Method

The third method will be installing the Thunderbird software with a snap. The Snapcraft package manager should be installed on Ubuntu-installed systems unless removed previously.

Currently, all three methods are up-to-date and are separated by a matter of a day or so when it comes to updates, so it is a choice of which package manager you prefer to use.

First, re-install Snapd if you have removed it previously.

sudo snap install snapd -y

Ideally, it is worth rebooting when installing third-party managers; if you experience issues, please do this.

Next, install the snap core to avoid any conflicts.

sudo snap install core

Now install the mail client snap package with the following command.

sudo snap install thunderbird

How to Launch Thunderbird Mail

Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

In your terminal type:


Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run org.mozilla.Thunderbird

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Activities > Show Applications > Thunderbird Mail.


How to Install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once open, you will arrive at the default mail client screen. You can configure Thunderbird by adding your e-mail accounts, syncing calendars, and much more.


How to Install Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update Thunderbird Mail

Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to update.

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

Snap Update Method

sudo snap update

How to Remove (Uninstall) Thunderbird Mail

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove thunderbird -y

Remove the Mozilla team PPA for complete removal.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mozillateam/ppa -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.mozilla.Thunderbird

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.

flatpak remove --unused

Snap Remove Method

sudo snap remove thunderbird

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned to install the Thunderbird Mail on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS using APT, Flatpak, or Snap.

Thunderbird is a popular community mail client and has some features that make it more secure than other email clients. Thunderbird is an open-source app run by the community and is no longer supported and upgraded by Mozilla. If you’re looking for a secure and continuously improved email client, download Mailbird.


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