This article provides general information about Thunderbird.
Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform application for managing email, news feeds, chat, and news groups. It is a local (rather than a browser or web-based) email application that is powerful yet easy-to-use. See Thunderbird features for a summary of the features.
Thunderbird is developed, tested, translated and supported by the folks at Mozilla Corporation and by a group of dedicated volunteers. Mozilla Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.
Thunderbird is free. Thunderbird has many cool features. Thunderbird gives you control and ownership over your email. There are many add-ons available for Thunderbird to extend and customize your email experience. Thunderbird is part of the Mozilla Manifesto, a pledge that describes Mozilla's commitment to an open, accessible, egalitarian Internet.
Yes! Thunderbird is open source software. Anyone can download and use the program for free, and view and modify the source code under the terms of the license.
Thunderbird has many dedicated volunteer translators who translate each version. If you do not find your language at here, you can contribute to develop a localized version, with the help of the community of volunteers.
Thunderbird is an email application, so it does not provide email addresses, nor the service to transmit emails. But Thunderbird can be used with any existing email address and service to send, receive, sort and search your email messages. If you do not have an email address, you may apply to a service when you first start Thunderbird.
Common email address and service providers include:
All of these email accounts can be used with Thunderbird. In fact, with Thunderbird you can access mail from multiple accounts at the same time. All you need to do is set up your account.
Thunderbird stores your personal stuff on your local drive. If you are using the IMAP protocol for accessing messages, your messages are also on your email server. See IMAP Synchronization for more information.
All support is web-based. This site (the Knowledge Base) has many articles that may help you. Check out Thunderbird's support forum, where you can ask a question or search for issues and answers similar to your own. Also, the MozillaZine community has a library of articles and a forum.
Because of the ratio of Thunderbird staff to Thunderbird users (about 15 to 5,000,000) we cannot provide direct support services i.e. Mozilla does not offer support via email, fax, chat, phone nor paid support. Instead we rely on our community to help each other, and hope that you, a Thunderbird user, will become a Thunderbird community member. (See below on how to help.)
Yes! Please do!