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 ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/17.0.4/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-17.0.4.tar.bz2

* Thunderbird 17.0.4 for 62 bit systems:

$ wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/17.0.4/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-17.0.4.tar.bz2

* Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 for 32 bit systems:

$ wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/19.0b1/linux-i686/en-US/thunderbird-19.0b1.tar.bz2

* Thunderbird 19.0 Beta 1 for 64 bit systems:

$ wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/19.0b1/linux-x86_64/en-US/thunderbird-19.0b1.tar.bz2

2. Extract the archive and cd into the directory:

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

Install thunderbird:

$ sudo sh run-mozilla.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 ?
    n/

  2. flytox says:

    Worked fine, cheers man !

  3. Kostenzer says:

    Wheezy:
    ~/downloads/thunderbird$

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

    After # ./run-mozilla.sh same: cannot execute.

    Any idea?
    Thanks

    • Geekster says:

      yes, add execution permissions: sudo chmod +x run-mozilla.sh

    • Jon Roland says:

      I encounter the same problem trying to install on Fedora 14. It is not that the run-mozilla.sh 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 ./run-mozilla.sh

    Same as the others.

    sudo ./run-mozilla.sh
    run-mozilla.sh: 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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