Welcome to the Thunderbird Project's community page, with links to commonly requested information.
Thunderbird is alive and well in 2021! Please help us keep it that way!
The Thunderbird product is developed and managed by the Thunderbird Project, which is collectively the community (both paid staff and volunteers) and the Thunderbird Council:
- The community has continuously shipped releases with bug fixes and enhancements for many years. Read more at the Thunderbird Blog.
- The community holds regular meetings to discuss important matters of common interest. Meetings are open to anyone interested in Thunderbird.
- The Thunderbird Council is the governing body for the Thunderbird Project, and coordinates legal and fiscal matters on behalf of the community, and provides overall product strategy.
- The Mozilla Foundation is the project's legal and fiscal home.
- Get help
- Thunderbird Blog
- Thunderbird Communication Channels - How and where to get information.
- Learn how to deploy "Thunderbird in an organization" at Thunderbird for enterprises.
How YOU can help and get involved ... Thunderbird is self-supported by its user community. We need and welcome you. Please give back to the community.
- Answer user questions in Thunderbird support forum. (support.mozilla.org aka SUMO is where users like you are supported by users like you.)
- If you answer user questions, join support crew.
- Improve the Knowledge Base (aka KB) documentation, which users refer to for assistance.
- Help with quality assurance and testing.
- Help other translators to localize Thunderbird in your language.
- Contribute patches and fixes.
- Add-ons Guide for Thunderbird 57-60 and Add-ons Guide for Thunderbird 63 and beyond.
- Core Team - List of people typically actively involved on a weekly basis, and providing major input into Thunderbird.
To get more information or talk to a human, or just to introduce yourself, see Thunderbird Communication Channels, especially the IRC channel. Again, we need users like you to help in one of the above areas. Please inquire today.
Thunderbird Project version numbers generally match up to Mozilla Firefox ESR and beta versions. (Unlike Firefox, Thunderbird releases versions between ESRs only as betas, for example 69-77 are betas only) Future ESR releases of Thunderbird upcoming are 91, 101, etc.
- Get the current release of Thunderbird from thunderbird.net.
- Get the beta from the future of Thunderbird.
- Version 78 was made available in July 2020.
- Thunderbird does not release on specific scheduled dates, because we ship when code is ready and tested. But we roughly track the ESR release schedule of Firefox. See the ESR column of RapidRelease/Calendar.
- Thunderbird ESR Releases typically happen the same week of the published Firefox dates. But it is sometimes later, because we ship when code is ready and tested. If you do not see the "newest" version listed at the Thunderbird home page, do not worry, the new version is just not yet ready.
- New features and fixes happen as volunteers have time to work on them and fix them - fixes and features generally do not have a schedule which can be communicated to users. If you want new features sooner, then please help us test and code, or use the beta mentioned above.
- Release Driving - How releases move towards completion
- Election results: Berna Alp, Patrick Cloke, Philipp Kewisch (Chair), Jörg Knobloch, Magnus Melin, Wayne Mery (Secretary), Ryan Sipes (Treasurer)
- 2019 Electoral Roll
- Election results: Patrick Cloke, Philipp Kewisch (Chair), Jörg Knobloch, Philippe Lieser, Magnus Melin, Wayne Mery, Ryan Sipes
- 2018 Electoral Roll
- ELection results: Ben Bucksch, Patrick Cloke, R Kent James (Chair) Philipp Kewisch, Jörg Knobloch, Magnus Melin, Wayne Mery
- 2017 Electoral Roll - Electoral Roll.
- The initial Thunderbird Council was elected at the first Thunderbird Summit held in Toronto, Canada in the fall of 2014: Mike Conley, Joshua Cranmer, R Kent James (Chair), Philipp Kewisch, Magnus Melin, Wayne Mery, Florian Quèze.
These links are outdated or from past management teams, and do not reflect current plans and priorities
- Automated Testing - Automated Testing of Thunderbird
- Development - General development area
- Discussion for new features - A place to discuss and consolidate potential new features
- Extensions - Information for developers looking to develop extensions for Thunderbird
- Feature Work - Ongoing work that is expected to land in the Thunderbird core
- Level of support for add-on - Level of support for add-on
- New Release and Governance Model - Issued November 2012
- Thunderbird/Infrastructure - Thunderbird Build & Release Infrastructure
- Thunderbird 38 - Thunderbird 38
- Using the Address Book - Documentation
- UX - User Experience
- Archived - Obsolete Thunderbird wiki pages
- Open Badges - How Thunderbird might use Open Badges
- Other projects - Projects related to Thunderbird
- Participation - Ongoing work around participation & community
- Thunderbird Marketing - Help spread the word on Thunderbird
- Thunderbird Roles - Thunderbird Roles (Under Development)
- Toronto Thunderbird Summit October 15-18, 2014 - Thunderbird 2014 Contributors Summit