How To Install Thunderbird 38 Beta on Linux Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Thunderbird is an open-source e-mail client and chat client developed by Mozilla. Among others, it has support for email addresses, newsgroup, news feed and chat (XMPP, IRC, Twitter) Client, managing multiple accounts. Also, it has support for different themes and its power can be extended by plugins.

Mozilla has neglected Thunderbird, in order to work at the browser and so, the email client receives mostly bug-fixes. Also worth mentioning, it has adopted the Australis interface, like the latest Firefox versions did.

While the latest stable version available is Thunderbird 31.6, Mozilla 38 Beta has been recently released.

how to install Thunderbird 38 Beta on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, LXLE, Deepin, Linux Lite, Peppermint, Debian, Kwheezy, SparkyLinux, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Arch Linux, Manjaro

In this article I will show you how to install Thunderbird 38 Beta on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, LXLE, Deepin, Linux Lite, Peppermint, Debian, Kwheezy, SparkyLinux, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Arch Linux, Manjaro and other popular Linux systems.

Because Thunderbird 38 beta is not available via any repository yet, we have to download Thunderbird 38 beta from the official ite site, extract the archive, move to /opt and alias the launcher.

Follow the instructions for your system’s architecture exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

How to install Thunderbird 38 beta on 32 bit Ubuntu, Debian CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva and derivative systems:

$ wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/38.0b1/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-38.0b1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf thunderbird-38.0b1.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird*
$ sudo mv thunderbird /opt/thunderbird.beta
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/thunderbird.beta/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

To start Thunderbird 38 beta, just open a terminal, type thunderbird and hit enter.

How to install Thunderbird 38 beta on 64 bit Ubuntu, Debian CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva and derivative systems:

$ wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/38.0b1/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-38.0b1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf thunderbird-38.0b1.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/thunderbird*
$ sudo mv thunderbird /opt/thunderbird.beta
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/thunderbird.beta/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

To start Thunderbird 38 Beta, just open a terminal, type thunderbird and hit enter.

Note: This will replace the version of Thunderbird you have already on your system with Thunderbird 38 Beta.

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