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How can I configure email in Thunderbird?


Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The following article will show you how to setup Thunderbird, the email application, with your email account(s) using POP or IMAP.


Before you start, be sure to have these handy:

  • Your domain name:
  • Your email address:
  • Your email password.

Configure Thunderbird

  1. Launch Thunderbird

  2. From the top menu, choose File > New > Mail Account

    This is one way to add a new mail account. More info here

    This will open a new window where you enter your email information

    Make sure the "Remember password" box is checked to avoid having to re-enter your password.

  3. Thunderbird will attempt to find your incoming and outgoing mail server information. Thunderbird should automatically configure your account for you. If not, proceed to the next section.

Manually Configure Thunderbird

If you experience difficulty with automatic setup, follow these instructions to manually configure Thunderbird.

  1. Click on Stop. See below for the location of this button to end the automated process.

  2. Next, click on Manual Setup to enter the correct account information. See below for the location of this button.

  3. This opens a new window for your server settings. If it's not already selected, click on Server Settings. We will use this page to setup your incoming mail server. For Server Name, type in Under Security Settings, choose SSL/TSL for Connection security. Also, make sure your User Name is your full email address.

  4. Now, let's move on to your Outgoing Server (SMTP) settings. Choose the outgoing server which Thunderbird created for this account, and click on the Edit... button that will open a new window.

  5. For Connection security, select SSL/TLS. Under Security and Authentication, make sure that Authentication method is Normal password. Your User Name should be the full email address.

    Now, go ahead and click OK to return to the main settings page. Then click OK again to return to Thunderbird's main window.

  6. Next, click on Get Mail from the top menu. See below for the location of this button.

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