How to Install The Latest Thunderbird & Keep Updated in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to install the latest Thunderbird email client and receive updates via PPA in Ubuntu / Linux Mint.

GOOD NEWS: Thunderbird in Ubuntu repositories has shifted to v78.x. Which means you DON'T have to do following steps any more! Simply run the command below will install the latest Thunderbird in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and higher. sudo apt install thunderbird

While Thunderbird package in Ubuntu main repositories is always old, some users are looking for trusted sources to get the latest package for the email client.

And the Ubuntu Mozilla Team, the guys and gals that deal with most of the requests based on Mozilla software, is maintaining a well trusted PPA contains the latest stable Thunderbird as well as Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) packages. At the moment, the PPA supports for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Ubuntu 21.04, and Linux Mint 20 based systems.

1. Add the Mozilla Team PPA:

Open terminal from your system application launcher, and then run command to add the Ubuntu PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa

Type your user password if it asks, no asterisk feedback due to security reason, and hit Enter to continue.

2. Install or Update Thunderbird:

While adding the PPA, it should automatically update your system package cache. If not, run the command to do the cache update:

sudo apt update

After that, you can either run command to install thunderbird:

sudo apt install thunderbird

or update the package via your system Update Manager (Software Updater):

If you wish to install Firefox ESR package, run command:

sudo apt install firefox-esr

(Optional) How to Remove Mozilla Team PPA:

For any reason, you can easily remove the PPA repository which stops receiving Thunderbird package updates by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mozillateam/ppa

Or open Software & Updates, navigate to Other Software tab and remove the repository line:

For Linux Mint, simply open “Source Sources” utility and do remove things in PPA tab.

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.