How to Backup Thunderbird Data Emails and Contacts?

How to Backup Thunderbird Emails and Contacts

We recommend to our customers to use “Thunderbird” as an email client because it’s Easy to use, secure, multi-platform (Linux, Mac, Windows), it’s supported by the huge Mozilla community and it updates frequently, covering the latest needs, and here We are Providing Some important Information that How to Backup Thunderbird Emails.

When you’re moving to a new computer or just for security reasons, you may want to make a backup of your Mozilla Thunderbird‘s data: all your emails, your email accounts, contacts, and configurations.

The Thunderbird backup can be easily done in one of the following ways:

Backup Thunderbird Emails

1- By manually copying the Thunderbird data folder

There is a folder on your computer where Thunderbird stores everything. The place of this folder vary between different versions of the operating system so, to see which is the folder, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Open “Tools” Menu
  3. Click on “Account Settings
  4. On the white vertical column on the left, scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see “Local folders“. Click there and on the right side, you’ll see the path to the local folder. In the path, there is a folder named “Thunderbird” that’s the one you have to copy to the location where you want to store the backup.

For example: For a Mac user, the place where you can find the Thunderbird folder is:
/Users/[your-username]/Library/
/Users/[your-username]/Library/Application Support/

You just have to open the file explorer of your system, go to that place, go to “/Users/[your-username]/Library/” (in the example) and copy the “Thunderbird” folder to the destination of your choice, which may be an external drive, an online place like Dropbox, etc…

Thunderbird For Windows users up to XP

For Windows users up to XP, the folder where you can find the “Thunderbird” folder is:
C:\Documents and Settings\[Windows login/user name]\Application Data

For Vista and 7, the folder is:
C:\Users\[user name]\AppDataRoaming

On Linux, the Thunderbird data folder can be one of the following, but it depends on the distribution you’re using:
~/.thunderbird/
~/.mozilla-thunderbird

If you need more information, please refer to the Mozilla Knowledge Base, on the following link:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Folder

When you have to restore your backup, just copy the Thunderbird data folder from your backup to the place where it belongs.

For new Mozilla Thunderbird Users

If you’ve just installed Mozilla Thunderbird, open it once, close it without configuring and replace the data folder with the one from your backup. That’s it!

Please note that you may not see the folder where the Thunderbird folder is because it may be a hidden folder. Make sure that you have the “Show hidden files” option active in your file explorer. In Linux and Mac, any file or folder starting with a dot (“.”) is hidden by default.

In Mac OS X, you can make your “Library” folder visible (if it’s not) with the following command, executed from the Terminal (You can find the terminal in the utility box, under Applications):

chflags nohidden ~/Library

2- By using a backup utility like Moz Backup

Update as of 2016-01-29: Please note that this utility is no longer maintained as stated on their web site (thanks Dom for the reminder):

“MozBackup is not being developed anymore. There are known issues and there is no time on my side to fix all issues and develop new features. Use MozBackup only on your risk. Thanks for understanding…”

We do not recommend to use it anymore, but we’ll leave the following information for historical purposes. The most stable way to make the backup is by manual saving the Thunderbird data folder.

MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape profiles.

It allows you to backup and restores bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, passwords, cache etc. It’s an easy way to do Firefox backup, Thunderbird backup …

It’s only for Windows users.

So here you have a guide to backup Thunderbird for Mac, Linux, and Windows. We hope you found it useful. Please feel free to leave a comment.

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 Warn that my server doesn’t use encryption?

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Warn that my server doesn't use encryption?
At the end of the “new account” setup, Thunderbird may display a warning like this:mail account setup warning

What does it mean?

This warning is displayed if you set up a mail server which does not use encryption (such as SSL or TLS) in order to protect your connection. The consequence is that (in theory) all your communication with this server (including login, password transmission and mail transfer) can be intercepted and read by a third party interloper.

What should I do?

First, you should check if your mail server supports encryption or not. Read its support and help articles in order to determine its connection settings.

  • If it supports encryption, then you should change the settings in Thunderbird. Click theChange settings button and correct the settings.
  • If it doesn’t, then you should consider:
    • using it at your own risk (check I understand the risk and click the Create accountbutton). Please don’t hesitate to complain to your mail provider about this lack of security and request that it updates its service to a higher level of security.
    • OR switch to a mail provider which offers a secure connection (such as Gmail, Yahoo,…).

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