After manually installing Mozilla Thunderbird on Debian 8 Jessie according to this instructions, and it's working fine. However, I cannot update it!

Thunderbird self warns me that an available update could not start automatically. Even manually I've not managed to update it. I've tried this by going to the directory

$ /usr/thunderbird

and executing the (green [*]) updater file(?!).

I'm pretty new to Linux, so please do understand if there might be some lack of termini precision.

[*] $ ls -la shows the files in different colors.

  • If you're new to linux then always use packages from your distribution only. – Ipor Sircer Oct 27 '16 at 14:31
  • @IporSircer Thank you, I understand your advice. However, I'm coming from Windows->Ubuntu and need Thunderbird which is not offered by Debian. – alex Oct 27 '16 at 14:33
  • thunderbird was renamed to icedove in debian. it is the same with different name & logo. 1st google hit: google.com/search?q=debian+thunderbird – Ipor Sircer Oct 27 '16 at 14:36
  • @IporSircer I know this. However -- before installing -- I've read that there might be security and/or compatibility issues with my thunderbird profile (which I've imported/copied from my obsolete system). – alex Oct 27 '16 at 14:38

You need to create new apt source under /etc/apt/sources.list.d:

echo 'deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ubuntuzilla/mozilla/apt all main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntuzilla.list

Import the key:

apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C1289A29

Update and install thunderbird:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird


Icedove is the Thunderbird email client rebranded by Debian.

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  • Thank you so much for your help! :-) I've tried to echo the first command but it answers: Permission denied (even prefixed with sudo). See here. – alex Nov 1 '16 at 13:24
  • Run it as root or Sudo with root privileges – GAD3R Nov 1 '16 at 13:29
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    could you please provide the code (su - maybe?). – alex Nov 1 '16 at 13:32

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