Moving Thunderbird Data to a New Computer


Thunderbird stores your data in a separate location, away from the program filesapplication, called your profile folder. To move your data, copy your profile folder to the equivalent location on your destination computer.

  1. Click on the menu button

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    , then go to and select .Go to the menu and select .

  2. Click on Open FolderOpen DirectoryShow in Finder. Your Thunderbird profile folder will open in Windows ExplorerFile BrowserFinder.
  3. CloseQuit Thunderbird.
  4. From your Thunderbird profile folder, go up three levelsgo up two levelsopen the menu and select two times.
  5. Right-clickHold down the control key while you click
    on the Thunderbird.thunderbird folder, and select .

    NOTE: .thunderbird is a hidden folder. Make sure you have Linux set to show hidden files.

  6. Go to the drive you are using to transfer your data, then right-clickhold down the Ctrl key while you click inside the drive, and select .
  7. On your destination computer, right-clickhold down the Ctrl key while you click on your backup Thunderbird folder, and select .
  8. Open Thunderbird, and close the account setup window if it appears.
  9. Click on the menu button

    Fx57Menu

    , then go to and select .Go to the menu and select .

  10. Click on Open FolderOpen DirectoryShow in Finder. Your Thunderbird profile folder will open in Windows ExplorerFile BrowserFinder.
  11. CloseQuit Thunderbird.
  12. From your Thunderbird profile folder, go up three levelsgo up two levelsopen the menu and select two times.
  13. Right-clickHold down the control key while you click
    inside the folder, and select .
  14. When prompted, choose to replace your current data.
If you have used the profile manager to store your data in a custom location, create a new profile in the same location as your prefs.js file. Thunderbird will use the already existing data.

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