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

Earlybird is the "unbranded" version of Thunderbird. It can be enabled when the bindist is set.


USE flags

USE flags for mail-client/thunderbird Thunderbird Mail Client

clang Use Clang compiler instead of GCC
dbus Enable dbus support for anything that needs it (gpsd, gnomemeeting, etc)
debug Enable extra debug codepaths, like asserts and extra output. If you want to get meaningful backtraces see
eme-free Disable EME (DRM plugin) capability at build time
hardened Activate default security enhancements for toolchain (gcc, glibc, binutils)
hwaccel Force-enable hardware-accelerated rendering (Mozilla bug 594876)
jack Add support for the JACK Audio Connection Kit
libproxy Enable libproxy support
lto Enable Link Time Optimization (LTO)
openh264 Use media-libs/openh264 for H.264 support instead of downloading binary blob from Mozilla at runtime
pgo Add support for profile-guided optimization using gcc-4.5, for faster binaries. This option will double the compile time.
pulseaudio Add support for PulseAudio sound server
selinux !!internal use only!! Security Enhanced Linux support, this must be set by the selinux profile or breakage will occur
sndio Enable support for the media-sound/sndio backend
system-av1 Use the system-wide media-libs/dav1d and media-libs/libaom library instead of bundled.
system-harfbuzz Use the system-wide media-libs/harfbuzz and media-gfx/graphite2 instead of bundled.
system-icu Use the system-wide dev-libs/icu instead of bundled.
system-jpeg Use the system-wide media-libs/libjpeg-turbo instead of bundled.
system-libevent Use the system-wide dev-libs/libevent instead of bundled.
system-librnp Use system-wide dev-util/librnp instead of bundled one.
system-libvpx Use the system-wide media-libs/libvpx instead of bundled.
system-png Use the system-wide media-libs/libpng instead of bundled (requires APNG patches)
system-python-libs Use system's python site instead of bundled python libraries
system-webp Use the system-wide media-libs/libwebp instead of bundled.
wayland Enable dev-libs/wayland backend
wifi Enable wireless network functions


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.

Instant messaging

Thunderbird supports instant messaging and chat using IRC, XMPP, Twitter, and Google Talk. Instructions for configuration can be found on the instant message and chat support page.

Calendar function

Thunderbird has a build in calendar function called lightning.

See also

External resources