Mail Hops Adds Routing Information To Thunderbird

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 3, 2012
Updated • Apr 9, 2012
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One of the things that you can do to validate an email is to verify that the sender is genuine. A basic example would be to look-up the location the email originated from. Think of the following: You are expecting an email from your friend living in the same city that you are living in. When the email is now indicating that it has been send from a different country, you might use the information to be more cautious about the email than you'd otherwise be.

Mail Hops for the Thunderbird email client adds routing information to each email which indicate the origin of the email, and the locations it passed through before it reached your inbox.

Installation of the extension should not take long.

  • You can download Mail Hops at the official Mozilla Thunderbird add-ons repository.
  • Open the Thunderbird software, and select Tools > Add-ons from the menu.
  • Locate the settings button next to search and select Install Add-on from File from its context menu.
  • Select the Mail Hops extension file that you saved on your computer, and follow the installation instructions.
  • Restart Thunderbird to complete the process

When you now open an email in the program, you will see the new Route row that has been added by the extension to the header (it is displayed both in compact and detailed headers).

mail routing information

The extension looks up the information on the Internet, and displays the country and city of origin, and the distance between the sender's location and your own. It furthermore can display all hops with a click on the hops link in the header, and mapping information. The latter are opened in a new window and use Google Maps by default.

mail hops mapping

Here you see all locations laid out on the map with additional information listed in a sidebar on the left. Mail Hops offers two options: You can switch from Google Maps to Bing Maps if you prefer Microsoft's mapping service, and from miles to kilometers.

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Comments

  1. JMGG said on January 19, 2012 at 8:25 am
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    You said that Outlook isn’t your main email client, so which is your main one?

    1. BalaC said on January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am
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      I think its thunderbird

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 19, 2012 at 10:15 am
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      It is Mozilla Thunderbird.

  2. Salaam said on September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm
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    Awesome! This actually solved my problem… what a stupid bug.

  3. Claud said on December 19, 2012 at 2:08 am
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    If this is the same bug that I’ve encountered, there may be another fix: (1) hover over open Outlook item in Taskbar, cursor up to hover over Outlook window item, and right-click; (2) this should give you Restore / Move / Size / Minimize / Maximize — choose Move or Size; (3) use your cursor keys, going arbitrarily N/S/E/W, to try to move or size the Outlook window back into view. Basically, the app behaves as though it were open in a 0x0 window, or at a location that’s offscreen, and this will frequently work to resize and/or move the window. Don’t forget to close while resized/moved, so that Outlook remembers the size/position for next time.

    1. Lynda said on February 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm
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      THANK YOU Claude!!! I could get the main window to launch but could not get any other message window to show on the desktop. You are my hero!!!!

    2. Chad said on November 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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      Solved my issue! 6 years later and this is still problem…

    3. Ivan X said on January 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm
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      Fantastic. Thank you. Size did the trick.

  4. Andrew said on October 26, 2013 at 7:06 am
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    This solved my Outlook problem, too. Thank you. :)

  5. Charles said on December 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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    Thank you so much, this started happening to me today and was causing big problems. You are a life saver, I hope I can help you in some way some day.

  6. garth said on November 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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    You are a god – thank you!

  7. Faisal said on February 9, 2015 at 10:09 am
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    thanks a lot…. work like charm.. :-)

  8. Simon said on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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    Yah…thanks Claude. I’ve been having the same problem and tried all the suggestions…your solution was the answer. It had resized itself to a 0/0 box. Cheers

  9. Olu said on April 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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    Excellent post. This had me baffled even trying to accurately describe the problem. This fixed it for me.
    Thank you

  10. Coenig said on July 23, 2015 at 7:36 am
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    Thanks a lot for the article. Don’t know why it happenend, don’t know how it got fixed, but it was really annoying and now it works :-)

  11. Fali said on January 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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    Thanks a lot. I was facing this issue from past 3 week. I tried everything but no resolution. The issue was happening intermittently and mainly when I was changing the display of screen ( as i use 2 monitors). The only option i had was to do system restore. But thanks to you.

    1. MIki said on January 10, 2019 at 11:54 am
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      I’ve been tried to sole this problem for 12hours. Your comment about changing the display of screen helped me a lot!! Thanks!!

  12. Christina said on January 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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    Thank you…don’t know why this happened but your instructions helped me fix it. Running Windows 10 and office pro 2007

  13. Oz said on July 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    Great tip! Thanks!

  14. Tracy said on September 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm
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    Worked for me, too – thank you!!!

  15. shawn said on September 9, 2016 at 10:25 am
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    It’s Worked for me, too
    thank you very much!

  16. Jari said on October 31, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    I had a similar issue with Outlook 2013 on Windows 10 and this helped me to fix it. Thank you very much!

  17. Michel H said on November 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm
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    Thank you so much. Solved!
    Considering you published this in 2012, incredible not been debugged by Microsoft.
    Thank you again. M

  18. Ziad Bitar said on January 9, 2017 at 2:00 am
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    This problem was faced by only one user logging to TS 2008 r2 using outlook 2010.The issue was resolved.

    Thanks.

  19. Anonymous said on February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    Great tip. Thank you!!!! If it helps, I had to use the Control Key and the arrow keys at the same time to bring my window back into view. Worked like a charm.

  20. Rochelle said on March 6, 2017 at 11:59 am
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    Thank you, this worked !!!!

  21. anom1234 said on May 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    Man, you are a fucking god. Thanks a lot, what an annoying bug!!

  22. JC said on October 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm
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    Awesome, this post solved the issue. Many thanks!

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