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Thunderbird 60.9.1 and 68.2.2 have been released

The Thunderbird development team has released two updates for the two supported branches of the email client. Thunderbird 60.9.1 and Thunderbird 68.2.2 are now available; both releases fix issues in the email client but don't introduce new features to it.

Thunderbird is offered in two versions currently. Thunderbird 60.x is the classic version of the email client while Thunderbird 68.x is the new version that is based on new code and as a result not fully compatible with all extensions released previously for the email client.

The team released Thunderbird 68 in August 2019 but did not include automatic update options from Thunderbird 60.x to the new version unless the calendar extension Lightning was installed. Thunderbird users may download the installer from the official project website to upgrade manually, but automatic upgrades are prevented unless the extension is installed.

Some users noticed that the profile that they were using in Thunderbird previously was not loaded after they made the upgrade to the new version. The profile contains all configured email services, all emails, installed extensions, and any other user data such as information about changed preferences.

Thunderbird 68.2.2

Thunderbird 68.2.2 fixes the upgrade issue that occurred when a 64-bit version of Thunderbird was upgraded from version 60 to 68.

Then upgrading a 64bit version of Thunderbird version 60 to version 68, the existing profile wasn't recognized and a new profile was created.
Note: If your profile is still not recognized, select it by visiting about:profiles in the Troubleshooting Information.

The new version has two unresolved issues according to the release notes:

  • Add-ons are updated automatically when Thunderbird 60 is upgraded to 68; this may disable some extensions even if compatible updates are available. Thunderbird users may open the Add-ons Manager to reinstall these if they are compatible with Thunderbird 68.
  • LDAP lookup is not working when SSL is enabled. Workaround: Disable SSL or switch off option "Query OSCP responder servers" in the certificate settings in advanced options.

Thunderbird 60.9.1

thunderbird 60.9.1

Thunderbird 60.9.1 is an automatic upgrade for the 60.x branch of the email client. The new version fixes an issue with Google authentication (OAuth2) which is used to authenticate Google accounts to integrate them into the email client.

The version has two unresolved issues of its own according to the release notes. Both are long-standing issues and not new:

  • Twitter is not working currently due to changes that Twitter made to the API.
  • Windows network shares addressed via drive letters are addressed via UNC now.

Closing Words

Both updates are not really must-have updates unless you are affected by one of the issues that they resolve. If you noticed issues with Gmail accounts in Thunderbird you may want to upgrade as the new version may resolve those.

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Thunderbird 60.9.1 and 68.2.2 have been released
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  1. Cinikal said on November 8, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Stil waiting on portable.

    1. FF said on November 11, 2019 at 12:17 am
      1. Cinikal said on November 13, 2019 at 10:54 am

        No I mean for 68. Looks like they are testing 70 something now wtf?!? TBPortable may be dead.

  2. Sam said on November 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I want to use Thunderbird as my default mail app, but one thing stops me, sadly. I wish they’d introduce the option to keep Thunderbird running in the background, minimized to tray with integrated notifications on Windows without having to rely on extensions that often stop working after a while.

    I’m secretly hoping that someone will reply to my comment telling me “Noob! They already added this option”.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on November 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Noob! It’s Mozilla; they never will!

      /Sorry :P

      1. Sam said on November 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm

        You gave me hope for a split second lol.

      2. John Fenderson said on November 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm


        Well, Thunderbird isn’t a Mozilla thing anymore, but it doesn’t look like they’re in a hurry to implement this nonetheless.

    2. Fuzzi said on November 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

      for TB60 or if you are on Windows try
      which should work for most programs in general.

  3. Anonymous said on November 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm
  4. Frustrated said on November 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I regret upgrading to TB 68 from 60.x as it killed several useful extensions in the process.

    1. Gabriel said on November 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      Just download 60 and reinstall.
      Keep a copy of the offline installer for the future.

  5. TimH said on November 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I just wish they’d follow Evolution and support Exchange Server…

  6. OldNavyGuy said on November 9, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Version 68 is causing issues downloading IMAP email from Frontier’s Yahoo mail server when TB starts up.

    Works when clicking the Get Messages button.

    Open a bug report on Bugzilla.

  7. Benjamin said on November 9, 2019 at 10:19 am

    the lost profile was a curious case. a rare thing to happen. i will not forget this for a while. thanks to this blog i was able to get it back

  8. Jonas said on November 10, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks to this article, I learned that they’re still updating the 60.x branch of Thunderbird, and I successfully downgraded from 68.2.2 to 60.9.1. Using the Mac’s unix command-line, I was able to re-link Tbird 60.9.1 to the same profile I was using before. (I hadn’t even known that Thunderbird has a Profile Manager, similar to the Firefox Profile Manager.)

    My reason for the downgrade was to resurrect some of the extensions that 68.x broke. However, this was only partially successful. “Edit email subject” and “Dorando keyconfig” now work again… but this update strangely _broke_ a couple of extensions too. My extensions that are no longer working are: “Send Later”, “Send Later Button”, “Menu Filter”, and “Manually sort folders”. I really miss these!

    One thing I’m very confused about: how do I get future security updates to the 60.x branch, but _not_ let Thunderbird update to the 68.x or later branch? What I have checked now, in the Preferences, is the middle option: “Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them”. This seems very general — likely to just offer me a 68.x update like last time. Does anybody know how to achieve more specific control over updates? Thanks.

    1. DuMuT6p said on November 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Hello Jonas,
      All the extensions you mentioned are marked for later versions than 60.x. Try manually downloading older versions.
      As per news from Thuderbird team the 60.x branch shouldn’t automatically update to 68.x.

      1. Jonas said on November 12, 2019 at 3:07 am

        Yes, thanks. Since I posted that, I’ve discovered that, in general, the extension versions that work in 68.x are different than the versions that work in 60.x. I also discovered that I have to manually delete the deactivated (wrong) versions and restart Tbird, before installing the right versions; then they’ll run. (Somehow I thought I could have two different versions of the same extension installed simultaneously, as long as one of them was deactivated, but that turned out to be wrong.)

        Now I’m having a different, totally weird issue. On all the Add-Ons pages, both the kind that lists multiple extensions, and the kind that gives detailed information about one extension… there’s no longer an install button (“+ Add to Thunderbird”) or anything like that. There’s only a “Download” button! Not only that, but it downloads both the .xpi file and a decompressed version of it (which shows up as a folder) to my archives folder! I discovered that I can throw out the downloaded folder, and install the extension by dragging the .xpi file into T-bird’s Add-Ons Manager window… at which point it asks if I want to install it.

        I have no idea why the interface changed so strangely. My guess is that something got corrupted when I upgraded to 68.2.2, used that for a while, and then downgraded back to 60.9.1 … both using the same profile (accessed via the Mac’s command-line to T-bird’s Profile Manager). Or maybe the devel team just didn’t test the Mac version of 60.9.1 thoroughly. (There probably aren’t that many Mac users of T-bird.) Anyway it’s kind of weird now, but at least it’s all working.

  9. OldNavyGuy said on November 11, 2019 at 7:34 am

    You can get releases here –

    Just manually download and install the one you want.

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