How to Setup Thunderbird using old data previously from XP

Asked by Lucky Luke on 2011-06-02

I had thunderbird on xp. Now I only have Ubuntu. I want to load my saved profile. How do I do it? I previously found a how to, so I saved the correct file ( I think) but now when I have Thunderbird open i Ubuntu I don't see how load the old profiles...

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How did you save the profile? Did you copy the thunderbird folder directly from the old system??

Ian Ace (iaculallad) said : #2

Thunderbird folder (.thunderbird) is hidden on your home directory.

* Press Ctrl+H to access hidden files and folders in your Ubuntu machine *

Just copy C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Thunderbird to /home/username/.thunderbird


Lucky Luke (environmentalist) said : #3

I'm not sure I follow... I can start THunderbird in Ubuntu, but I want to load the old messages and so forth which are saved. Do you understand what I mean? the question is how to load the old stuff into Thunderbird.

Ian Ace (iaculallad) said : #4

Yes, I know very well that you can start Thunderbird in Ubuntu as it comes installed in your system. Now for the question of how you are to load/migrate your old stuff onto Ubuntu's Thunderbird, just follow the copying steps outlined above.

Copy all files and folders located under your C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Thunderbird to your /home/username/.thunderbird

Can you follow that one or you want a more detailed child steps?


Yes, how did you save the messages? What method did you use?

Lucky Luke (environmentalist) said : #6

yes, Child steps are good, as i 'm new here, though I don't think it's appropriate to be condescending to others, personally.

I did what you said and restarted UBUNTU then opened T-Bird and it still wanted me to enter my email address and password. I have not done this because I read a while ago (somewhere) that this may cause a headache. So I wait until I know what is going on and how to specifically, in detailed instructions understand how to import my mail account(s).

I believe it should show automatically when I open T-Bird, assuming I have everything correctly placed. Does anyone have a suggestion?

Your patience is appreciated, thanks!

BabyGeek (babygeek) said : #7

Hi Lucky Luke,
open a terminal then type: thunderbird -profilemanager
it will show you all the profiles installed, if you can't find yours, follow these steps:
- click on "Create Profile..."
- click Next
- Find a name then click "Choose folder"
- Select the folder where is located your profile
- Click Finish.

What files have you backed up?

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