How to Install Mozilla Thunderbird 17.0.4 / 19.0 Beta 1 on Linux Systems

In this article I will show you how to install Mozilla Thunderbird 17.0.4 or Mozilla Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 on your Linux System.

Thunderbird 17.0.4 is a stable version and Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 is unstable. It depends on you on what you decide to install.

Thunderbird is a good and popular E-mail client, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

So, let’s start. This tutorial is a generical install guide, from sources, so it works on a lot of Linux Operating Systems, like: Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, Knoppix, Slackware, Pinguy OS or others.

Download the sources:

* Thunderbird 17.0.4 for 32 bit systems:

$ wget

* Thunderbird 17.0.4 for 62 bit systems:

$ wget

* Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 for 32 bit systems:

$ wget

* Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 for 64 bit systems:

$ wget

2. Extract the archive and cd into the directory:

$ tar -xjvf thunderbird*.tar.bz2
$ cd thunderbird*

Install thunderbird:

$ sudo sh

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10 comments on “How to Install Mozilla Thunderbird 17.0.4 / 19.0 Beta 1 on Linux Systems
  1. flytox says:

    Hi there !
    Cheers for this article, very useful for me, as I’m trying to install Thunderbird on my knoppix distro on a netbook. One step I can’t take though is the makefile : when i use the command ./confirgure while I’m still in the Thunderbird directory, I got this error :
    “bash: ./configure: No such file or directory”

    Any idea what’s happening ?

  2. flytox says:

    Worked fine, cheers man !

  3. Kostenzer says:


    Until $ ./ everything works fine
    (I took version 17.0.6)
    But after $ ./ it says: cannot execute

    After # ./ same: cannot execute.

    Any idea?

    • Geekster says:

      yes, add execution permissions: sudo chmod +x

    • Jon Roland says:

      I encounter the same problem trying to install on Fedora 14. It is not that the is not executable, although the code seems to suggest that is all it is testing for. Yet I can launch thunderbird with ./thunderbird or ./thunderbird-bin, although they don’t detect that TB is already installed elsewhere . As far as I know, TB 17 should work on Fedora 14, but the rpmfusion repo demands Fedora 17.

  4. docadams says:

    Brand new installation of debian 7.0 (wheezy)

    Did the wget and got thunderbird-17.0.4.tar.bz2

    Unzipped it and untarred and cd’d into thunderbird directory.

    Did a chmod +x on ./

    Same as the others.

    sudo ./ Cannot execute .

    I even went as far as to

    sudo chown -R root.root *

    and tried again, just in case there
    was something further down in the directory structure
    that also needs root ownership. Now that I think about
    it, let me go and do the +x recursively. Can’t hurt.
    No. No luck on that either.

    Any further ideas or comments?

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