Linux Tip. How to move Thunderbird Data to a new Computer

When you buy a new PC or put a new laptop next to your main computer, one of the most tedious tasks is to reconfigure your email client and have it synchronized again. Not to mention having the e-mail client recognize again which is junk and which is valid, another big waste of time. How to move Thunderbird Data to a new Computer article shows you how to avoid all these boring tasks.

But all is not lost! Thanks to Mozilla and Thunderbird, we can solve everything in an instant and in a very simple way, just by copying a folder from one PC to another. Indeed, I learned you can bring over a Thunderbird profile, just by copying a folder. It is painless.

Moving Thunderbird Data to a New Computer

Thunderbird stores your data in a separate location, away from the application, called your profile folder. To move your data, copy your profile folder to the equivalent location on your destination computer.

  1. Click on the menu button Fx57Menu , then go to Help and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click on Open Directory. Your Thunderbird profile folder will open in File Browser.
  3. Close Thunderbird.
  4. From your Thunderbird profile folder, go up two levels.
  5. Right-click on the .thunderbird folder, and select Copy.NOTE: .thunderbird is a hidden folder. Make sure you have Linux set to show hidden files.
  6. Go to the drive you are using to transfer your data, then right-click inside the drive, and select Paste.
  7. On your destination computer, right-click on your backup Thunderbird folder, and select Copy.
  8. Open Thunderbird, and close the account setup window if it appears.
  9. Click on the menu button Fx57Menu , then go to Help and select Troubleshooting Information.
  10. Click on Open Directory. Your Thunderbird profile folder will open in File Browser.
  11. Close Thunderbird.
  12. From your Thunderbird profile folder, go up two levels.
  13. Right-click inside the folder, and select Paste.
  14. When prompted, choose to replace your current data.

If you have used the profile manager to store your data in a custom location, create a new profile in the same location as your prefs.js file. Thunderbird will use the already existing data.

How to move Thunderbird Data to a new Computer – Here the original article from Mozilla Knowledge: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/moving-thunderbird-data-to-a-new-computer

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