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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. Quit it from the taskbar.
  • 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” or s9y460t7.default-release  n.b.- this folder name differs from machine to machine.
  • If you find another folder inside profile like s9y460t7.default-release, Please get into both folders to check if Mail folder reside in it.
  • Accordingly, you need to copy all the contents from the folder which is having mail folder  “s9y460t7.default” or “s9y460t7.default-release” and keep it as backup.
  • Now Mozilla Thunderbird mail client backup is ready from Windows machine.

Restore :

  • Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird is not running. Quit it from the taskbar.
  • 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” or s9y460t7.default-release 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-release”.
  • 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. Quit it from dock.
  • 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/ or tf8j9hd3.default-release
  • Please get into both folders to check if Mail folder reside in it. then copy the contents of that folder 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. Quit it from dock.
  • 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/ or tf8j9hd3.default-release
  • 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” or “tt4h06z.default-release” Please get into both folders to check if Mail folder reside in it (n.b. it differs from machine to machine)
  • Copy all the contents of that 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”  or “tt4h06z.default-release” n.b. it differs
    from machine to machine)
  • Enter into that folder (here the folder name is tt4h06z.default-release)
  • Paste copied backup files contents inside that folder “tt4h06z.default-release”
  • 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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Durga Charan Ojhahttps://lifeonnetwork.com/
I am a proud Indian, proud father, a blogger, Being in a profession as System administrator, my passion is troubleshooting computer issues, I do like sharing solutions through blogging making videos of solving issues.
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