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What’s New in Thunderbird 60

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Thunderbird 60, the newest stable release of everyone’s favorite desktop Email client, has been released. This version of Thunderbird is packed full of great new features, fixes, and changes that improve the user experience and make for a worthwhile upgrade. I’ll highlight three of the biggest changes in Thunderbird 60 in this post. For more information on the release check out the list over on the support website and the full release notes over on our website.

Thunderbird’s Photon Look

Like Firefox, Thunderbird now has a new “Photon” look. Tabs are square, the title bar can be toggled on and off, resulting in some saved pixels so your Email can shine. There are also new light and dark themes that ship with Thunderbird by default. Additionally, there are multiple chat themes now available. WebExtension themes are now enabled in Thunderbird as well.

Thunder 57 “Photon” Visual Refresh

Thunder 60 “Photon” Visual Refresh

Also, Thunderbird has a new logo accompanying the new release! We’re very pleased with the new branding that mirrors the Quantum-y upgrade of our sister project Firefox. You can see all the branding updates on Identihub. Identihub is run by Ura Design and they have been a great design partner for Thunderbird, spearheading the logo update as well as helping out in various other ways.

New Thunderbird Logo

New Thunderbird Logo

Attachment Management Improvements

Thunderbird 60 features several improvements to attachment handling in the compose window. Attachments can now be reordered using a dialog, keyboard shortcuts, or drag and drop. The “Attach” button has been moved to the right side of the compose window, above the attachment pane. The localized access key of the attachment pane (e.g. Alt+M for English) now also works to show or hide the pane (on Mac, it’s always Ctrl+M). Hiding a non-empty attachment pane will now show a placeholder paperclip to indicate the presence of attachments and avoid sending them accidentally. The attachment pane can also be shown initially when composing a new message: Right-click on the pane header to enable this option.

Attachment Management in Thunderbird 60

Attachment Management in Thunderbird 60


Calendar Improvements

In this new version of Thunderbird there are various improvements to the Calendar. For instance, the calendar allows for copying, cutting or deleting a selected occurrence or the entire series for recurring events. Calendar provides an option to display locations for events in calendar day and week views. Calendar now has the ability to send meeting notifications directly instead of showing a popup. When pasting an event or task, calendar lets the user select a target calendar. Finally, email scheduling is now possible when using CalDAV servers supporting server-side scheduling.

Other Changes

Outside of the changes described above there are many other improvements and bug fixes in Thunderbird 60. To get an idea of the full scope you can check out the great list over at the Mozilla Support site or the release notes.

Lastly, you can give Thunderbird 60 a try by downloading it here. If you want to support the development of Thunderbird, please consider making a donation.

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Sharjil wrote on

Did you solve the enigmail encryption issue, also when will you guys launch an android app version ?

Nicholas wrote on

Been (and still) using the beta for ages and it is much improved product! Good work, am a massive fan and have been using Thunderbird / Firefox for longer than I can remember.

Ferreira Nel wrote on

Great work!

Ruben wrote on

Great update! My respect and appreciation for all the contributors.
I was eagerly waiting for this release, so I installed it right away.

The square tabs and Photon icons give Thunderbird a much needed fresh look, in line with Firefox Quantum. It’s great to see the FF and TB desktop icons next to each other, like brother and sister, knowing that both open-source projects have been receiving more attention in comparison to a few years ago.

The many improvements (show location in calendar, attachment handling, security updates etc.) together with the careful refresh of the UI (without breaking people’s habits nor removing functionality) deserve much praise. Hopefully, older add-ons will be upgraded and new ones will be created, like it was the case with FF Quantum.

Thanks again!

JN wrote on

The noun, ‘Email’ should not be capitalised within the middle of a sentence. (‘[D]esktop Email client’.)

Thunderbird 60 has yet to reach me on either Linux or Windows. Perhaps the post should have made some mention of a staggered roll-out.

The changes in version 60 seem welcome.

V!nc3r wrote on

It’s always great to see Thunderbird updated 🙂

Tagomago wrote on

Thanks for this effort. Really looking forward to that address book rewrite you talked about on the Bryan Lunduke show. Please, add custom fields and tabs for every contact and enhance the import ability from other formats/platforms!

Óvári wrote on

Have you tried the CardBook add-on

“About the future of Thunderbird, whatever would be the path to the new Thunderbird, I’m [Philippe Vigneau] ready and open to work to make CardBook the new Thunderbird addressbook”

Ikechukwu wrote on

Finally! Can’t wait to try this once I get home

Andromeda wrote on

Any procedure to migrate from Thunderbird 52 to Thunderbird 60?

Ryan Sipes wrote on

There will be one in place once 60.1 release. We aren’t forcing an update at the moment from 52. You can download and install TB60 and your settings should transfer over.

Piero wrote on

Thank you for this information, I deeply apreciate it!

Óvári wrote on

Could you please advise the ETA of Thunderbird 60.1 release. Thank you

Ryan Sipes wrote on

Generally the point releases are 6 weeks apart. So, we’ve got approximately six/five-ish left?

Mia wrote on

Is there a reason why there isn’t a Windows 64-bit download link listed on the website?

I know there is one, as it’s listed here:

Ryan Sipes wrote on

There were many issues with Thunderbird 64-bit on Windows, now we consider it to be stable. It’s available on the website now:

Steffen wrote on

Thanks for Thunderbird and this effort. Great work.

J P wrote on

Unfortunately, had to revert back to version 52.9.1 as 90% of extensions I use will not function with version 60.

Ryan Sipes wrote on

What extensions are you using? It is a good idea to contact the authors and let them know that you would like them to update their add-ons for Thunderbird 60 compatibility.

Bill wrote on

“the title bar can be toggled on and off”

I can afford to sacrifice these 25 pixels, where is this toggle? I can’t stand the look without the title bar but I’ve gone through the menus and I don’t see any option to get the title bar back.

Ryan Sipes wrote on

It’s in Preferences -> Advanced -> Config Editor -> mail.tabs.drawInTitlebar, you can set that setting to true or false.

Bill wrote on

Oh, of course it is! Why didn’t I think of that myself! It’s so obvious!

Seriously, why make such a jarring visual change, make it the new default, make a point of saying that “it can be toggled!” but neglect to mention that the setting in hidden in the advanced config, under a completely non-intuitive name?

Ryan Sipes wrote on

You are right, I am working on a fix to get it into an easier to manage place:

Max Eifler wrote on

“Dark Theme” is kinda joke, as only the perimeter appears dark. Email-list & folders are light, which do hurt my eyes.

Why are you doing that to me?

I know it will be resolved in the NEXT beta, 60.0b5… – jesus

Ryan Sipes wrote on

Hey Max,

Sorry to hear that. What platform are you on? Could you open a bug in bugzilla with a screenshot?

Jon F wrote on

Absolutely love the new update, just found out about it today when reinstalling Thunderbird on a client’s machine.

Quick question, is there a way to make it so attachments on received messages are on top instead of at the bottom where I commonly miss them?

Roland Stiner wrote on

I keep seeing that there is a dark theme… where do I get it?

Ryan Sipes wrote on

It comes pre-installed now. Look for “add-ons” in the hamburger menu and then hit “themes” in the tab that comes up. You should see it there.

Jerry W Pope wrote on

First congratulations, I like the new Thunderbird, it was a lot easier to set this one up over the past versions, for me. Some background, I am 74 and have been using computers since Windows 95, however I am not by any means an expert at it. My favorite over the years was Netscape Messenger email client. This one is close. During setup I downloaded my address book from gmail as a .csv file as instructed and after a bit of head scratching figured out how to import it. What I got was a garbled mess, I then had to go in and manually update each address with their email addresses etc.
My question is why won’t the program recognize that I had the window mail app on my computer with a full address book and import from that, or as I was downloading my folders and mail from gmail it wouldn’t pickup on the address book and download it then too? That seems to be a given task to get your email address book ported over without jumping thru hoops to get it done.
Other than that again congratulations on a very good product, I enjoy it a lot.

Dmitriy wrote on

Because of update many plugins are now incompatible with 60.0 version, so I ask for must have function that not exist by default in Thunderbird: work in tray, and minimize to tray after close windows or Alt+F4. Without this use mail client is hard because you can accidentally close it and miss your incoming emails.

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