How to Install Thunderbird Beta on Ubuntu Linux

A very simple, step-by-step tutorial with screenshots

The following tutorial will teach Ubuntu users how to install the latest Beta release of the popular Mozilla Thunderbird email and RSS client on their systems.

Following our “How to Install Firefox Beta on Ubuntu Linux” guide, we have decided to make another universal tutorial, this time for the email client app from Mozilla, Thunderbird.

The current Beta channel contains Mozilla Thunderbird 16, which will bring support for background, silent updates, support for to the Filelink functionality, as well as various other performance improvements and bugfixes.

The Beta release of Mozilla Thunderbird is supported and can be installed on the following Ubuntu operating systems: Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).

WARNING: We should warn you that the stable release of Mozilla Thunderbird that you have installed on your Ubuntu machine will be replaced by this Beta version. You have been warned!

Step 1 - Add the Thunderbird Beta repository

No matter what Ubuntu operating system (see above supported OSes) you are running, open a terminal and paste the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next

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Hit the Enter key, type your password when asked and hit the Enter key. Hit Enter again when asked.

Don't close the terminal window! Proceed to the next step.

Step 2 – Install Thunderbird Beta on Ubuntu

Now paste the following command in the same terminal window:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y thunderbird

Wait for the installation to finish and close the terminal window.

That's it! The new Mozilla Thunderbird Beta email client is now fully installed in your Ubuntu machine. You'll need to restart Thunderbird for the changes to take effect.

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In time, your Mozilla Thunderbird email client will automatically upgrade to newer Beta releases, as they are published by Mozilla, so make sure you update your system regularly.

If you have problems with the tutorial, do not hesitate to comment below!

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