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Thunderbird is Mozilla's solution to the e-mail client.

Earlybird is the "unbranded" version of Thunderbird.


USE flags

USE flags for mail-client/thunderbird Thunderbird Mail Client

bindist Disable official Thunderbird branding (icons, name) which are not binary-redistributable according to upstream. local
clang Use Clang compiler instead of GCC local
custom-optimization Build with user-specified compiler optimizations (-Os, -O0, -O1, -O2, -O3) from CFLAGS (unsupported) local
dbus Enable dbus support for anything that needs it (gpsd, gnomemeeting, etc) global
lightning Enable app-global calendar support (note 38.0 and above bundles calendar support when this flag is off) local
neon Enable optimization support for ARM NEON processors global
startup-notification Enable application startup event feedback mechanism global
system-harfbuzz Use the system-wide media-libs/harfbuzz and media-gfx/graphite2 instead of bundled. local
system-icu Use the system-wide dev-libs/icu instead of bundled. local
system-jpeg Use the system-wide media-libs/libjpeg-turbo instead of bundled. local
system-libevent Use the system-wide dev-libs/libevent instead of bundled. local
system-libvpx Use the system-wide media-libs/libvpx instead of bundled. local
system-sqlite Use the system-wide dev-db/sqlite installation with secure-delete enabled local
wifi Enable wireless network functions global


root #emerge --ask mail-client/thunderbird

Emerging Thunderbird is a long process, a pre-compiled (binary) version exists for users who want a shorter install time:

root #emerge --ask mail-client/thunderbird-bin

Note that behavior of the pre-compiled version may be different in many ways including the choice of default applications for URLs.


XDG integration

To ensure Thunderbird is being used by other applications as the default application for handling mailto: links, run:

user $xdg-mime default thunderbird.desktop x-scheme-handler/mailto

Global search

See forum post: thunderbird not indexation for global search


Keyboard shortcuts

Thunderbird has a variety of keyboard shortcuts built-in. A full listing can be viewed on the Mozilla support page.

Mail notification sound

Mail notification sound needs a sound theme to work, see bug #617566.

See also

  • Firefox - Mozilla's solution to the web browser.

External resources