Thunderbird add-ons - frequently asked questions

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What is an add-on?

Add-ons are extensions and other additions that add new functionality to Thunderbird or change its appearance. Thunderbird has an open, extensible design and program architecture. This enables people to create "add-ons" to Thunderbird.

Who creates add-ons?

Add-ons are mostly created by volunteer authors, typically not the developers of Thunderbird. Thunderbird hosts a site for the distribution of add-ons, but Thunderbird is not responsible for supporting add-ons. If you need help with an add-on, you should contact the add-on's author.

What and where is the add-on manager?

The add-on manager is the central interface to list, update, enable, disable, remove and install add-ons. To open the add-on manager, click the menu button New Fx Menufx57menu and click Add-ons, or select Tools > Add-ons from the menu.

The add-on manager has multiple panels:

  • Recommendations : List of popular and recommended add-ons.
  • Extensions : List of installed extensions (add-ons adding functionality to Thunderbird).
  • Themes : List of installed themes (add-ons changing the appearance of Thunderbird).

Where do I get add-ons?

Most Thunderbird add-ons are distributed via the Thunderbird add-ons site (although authors can distribute their add-ons any way they choose). You can search and browse the add-ons site using a web browser. You can also open the add-on manager and search for add-ons by typing search terms into the search field in the top right corner, or browser the list of recommended add-ons in the Recommendations panel.

How do I see which add-ons are installed?

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions or Themes panel.

How do I install an add-on?

See Installing an Add-on in Thunderbird

How do I configure add-ons?

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions panel, to see all installed extensions (only extensions can be configured).
  3. Click on the 3-dot-icon on the right side of the add-on entry.
  4. The opening sub-menu will have an "Options""Preferences" entry, if the add-on provides a standard option page.

Add-On Options

How do I change the update behavior of an add-on?

The standard update behavior can be changed by toggling the Update Add-ons Automatically setting in the menu behind the gear icon of the add-on manager.

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The update behavior of each add-on can also be set individually:

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions or Themes panel.
  3. Click on the name of an add-on to open its management page.
  4. Scroll to the Allow automatic updates entry and select On or Off instead of Default.

How do I update an add-on manually?

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions or Themes panel.
  3. Click on the gear icon at the top-right corner and then select Check for Updates.
  4. The 3-dot-icon of all add-ons which could be updated, will show a small blue dot.
  5. Click on the 3-dot-icon and then select Update.

What if my add-on is broken?

Contact the add-on author for support as documented on the add-on's management page.

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions or Themes panel.
  3. Click on the name of the broken add-on to open its management page.
  4. Scroll to the Homepage entry.

How do I disable an add-on?

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions or Themes panel.
  3. Toggle the slider on the right side of the add-on's entry to disable the add-on and to prevent it from loading.

How do I uninstall an add-on?

Before uninstalling an add-on, make sure to have backuped all data related to that add-on. All data stored by add-ons will be deleted upon add-on removal.

  1. Open the add-on manager.
  2. Switch to the Extensions or Themes panel.
  3. Click on the 3-dot-icon and then select Remove.

The add-on manager will show an Undo button at the top to restore the add-on (including its data). Once the add-on manager is closed, the add-on has been removed permanently.

How do I create/develop an add-on?

You may find information on Thunderbird Add-on development on developer.thunderbird.net (DTN).

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