4.2
18 reviews
85

Mozilla Thunderbird


Released July, 2003

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Free open-source software. Extensions and Themes. Custom junk mail filters.

The Cons:Extensions must be downloaded and installed manually. Hadn't been updated in over 2.5 years until 3.0. Junk mail filtering is not always accurate. If it marks it as junk and you tell it that it is not junk, it has a tendency to keep marking it as junk.

“...the beauty of the open source Thunderbird email client is its extensibility. Sure we love our web-based email like Gmail, but Thunderbird is the ultimate open source desktop email app. Its pluggable interface lets developers freely build extensions to make it ever more useful.

And ever more useful do a few key extensions make it." Gina Trapani, Lifehacker, Feb. 7, 2007

Windows

Operating Systems
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP (Recommended)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
Minimum Hardware
  • Pentium 233 MHz (Recommended: Pentium 500MHz or greater)
  • 64 MB RAM (Recommended: 128 MB RAM or greater)
  • 52 MB hard drive space

Linux

Software Requirements
Please note that Linux distributors may provide packages for your distribution which have different requirements.
  • Linux kernel - 2.2.14 with the following libraries or packages minimums:
    • glibc 2.3.2
    • gtk+2.0
    • XFree86-3.3.6
    • fontconfig (also known as xft)
    • libstdc++5
  • Thunderbird has been tested on Linux Fedora Core 4
Minimum Hardware
  • Intel Pentium II or AMD K6-III+ 233 MHz CPU (Recommended: 500MHz or greater)
  • 64 MB RAM (Recommended: 128 MB RAM or greater)
  • 52 MB hard drive space

Mac

Operating Systems
  • Mac OS X 10.2.x and later
Minimum Hardware
  • Macintosh computer with an Intel x86 or PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
  • 128 MB RAM (Recommended: 256 MB RAM or greater)
  • 200 MB hard drive space

User Reviews (18)

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Pros
  • 13

    Free open-source software

  • 9

    Extensions and Themes

  • 9

    Custom junk mail filters

  • 9

    multiple mailbox support

  • 9

    Very quick installation; can be used from portable media e.g. USB stick

  • 8

    Automated Update

  • 7

    Phishing Protection

  • 7

    With proper plugin, can be used for a lot of web mail accounts (hotmail, yahoo, gmail)

  • 5

    tried & tested interface, easy message filtering & organisation

  • 4

    Saved Searches

  • 4

    Message Tagging

  • 4

    tabbed interface

  • 1

    powerful search functionality

  • 1

    one-click address book adding - click on a senders name to painlessly add them to your address book

  • 1

    Display mode: message threads

  • 1

    Portable

  • 1

    Community Support

Cons
  • 4

    Extensions must be downloaded and installed manually.

  • 4

    hadn't been updated in over 2.5 years until 3.0

  • 3

    Junk mail filtering is not always accurate. If it marks it as junk and you tell it that it is not junk, it has a tendency to keep marking it as junk.

  • 1

    Not an integrated communications solution

  • 0

    it keeps sending emails to me instead of who is listed. It will not get new messages. Thunderbird is horrible.

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realraven2000
realraven2000: #mozilla_thunderbird excellent newsgroup reader May 25, 09
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Yale
Yale: #mozilla_thunderbird It's unbelievable how difficult it is to create and save a template in Outlook compared to Thunderbird. While it does seem to have a bit of an issue holding on to template images (it seems to save them to the systems temp cache where they are soon removed) it does a much nicer job making templates accessible and re-saveable. Dec 4, 08
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