To take backup and restore Mozilla Thunderbird mail client (Windows/Ubuntu/Mac)

To take backup and restore Mozilla Thunderbird mail client (Windows/Ubuntu/Mac) This walk through explains a very easy way of taking Mozilla Thunderbird backup and restoring it in different platform...
To take backup and restore Mozilla Thunderbird mail client (Windows/Ubuntu/Mac)

To take backup and restore Mozilla Thunderbird mail client (Windows/Ubuntu/Mac)

This walk through explains a very easy way of taking Mozilla Thunderbird backup and restoring it in different platform of your need.

Windows Platform

Backup :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird is not running.
  • Press Windows key + r to open run dialog box, type %appdata% and press enter in the run dialog box.
  • It will open user profile folder… it will be like “C:\Users\xyz\AppData\Roaming” (xyz is the user name here, replace with your user name of your machine)
  • Find the Thunderbird folder from this location and enter inside like
    “Thunderbird\Profiles\s9y460t7.default” n.b.- this folder name differs from machine to machine.
  • Copy all the contents of this folder “s9y460t7.default” and keep it as backup.
  • Now Mozilla Thunderbird mail client backup is ready from Windows machine.

Restore :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird is not running.
  • Press Windows key + r to open run dialog box, there type %appdata% and press enter.
  • It will open user profile folder… it will be like “C:\Users\xxxx\AppData\Roaming”
  • Find the Thunderbird folder from this location and enter inside like
    “Thunderbird\Profiles\s9y460t7.default” n.b.- this folder name differs from machine to machine.
  • Paste all the contents (backup copied from the other machine) inside this folder
    “s9y460t7.default”
  • Replace and merge all the files/folders in this location.
  • Now open Mozilla Thunderbird mail client. You will find all your mails as it is.

Ubuntu Platform

Backup :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird is not running.
  • Go to Home folder, Press Ctrl + h to show hidden files
  • Find .thunderbird folder and enter inside it and copy the contents of /.thunderbird/tf8j9hd3.default/
    n.b.- this folder name differs from machine to machine.
  • Now Mozilla Thundebird mail client backup is ready from Ubuntu system.

Restore :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird is not running.
  • Go to Home folder, Press Ctrl + h to show hidden files
  • Find .thunderbird folder and enter inside it and paste the contents (backup copied from the other machine) /.thunderbird/tf8j9hd3.default/
  • Replace and merge all the files/folders in this location
  • Now open Mozilla Thunderbird mail client. You will find all your mails as it is.

Mac Platform

Backup :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird mail client is not running.
  • Click on Go -> Go to Folder -> type /Users/xxxx/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles
    n.b. xxxx here is the user folder so put your machine user folder name then press enter
  • It will open Profiles folder in finder and a folder named “tt4h06z.default” (n.b. it differs from machine to machine)
  • Copy all the contents of this folder and keep it as backup
  • Now Mozilla Thunderbird mail client backup is ready from Mac machine

Restore :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird mail client is not running.
  • Click on Go -> Go to Folder -> type /Users/xxxx/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles
    n.b. xxxx here is the user folder so put your machine user folder name then press enter
  • It will open Profiles folder in finder and a folder named “tt4h06z.default” n.b. it differs
    from machine to machine)
  • Enter in to that folder (here the folder name is tt4h06z.default)
  • Paste copied backup files contents inside this folder
  • Replace and merge all the files/folders in this location
  • Now open Mozilla Thunderbird mail client. You have successfully restored Thunderbird mail in Mac system.

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7 Comments on this post.
  • cruz
    19 January 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    Will it be possible to backup in platform and restore in other. Like if I made a backup in windows and restore in ubuntu?

    • durga
      20 January 2017 at 6:41 am
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      Hi Cruz,
      Yes that is possible and you will find all the steps in this post.

      Regards,
      Durga

  • Harsh Wardhan
    20 March 2017 at 10:32 am
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    Great article, works like a charm. 🙂

    • durga
      20 March 2017 at 4:05 pm
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      Hi Harsh, Glad to know … 🙂

  • Jayant
    23 October 2017 at 5:07 pm
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    Great Article. Didn’t know it was this easy.

  • Manas
    20 December 2017 at 11:12 am
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    This is very helpful like all your posts.

    • Durga Charan Ojha
      20 December 2017 at 12:22 pm
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      Glad to know … Thanks Manas

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