Thunderbird Export/Import Mail Accounts on Mac OSX and Linux

January 13th, 2012 by Regaz

This Guide follow the Mac OS Directory Structure and to Work in Linux you need to make the Change: /Users/-> /home/

And perhaps to look Elsewhere for the Profiles Directory Location…

  1. Find the Folder Containing the Stuff to Transfer.

    Open a Terminal Command Window and execute:

    ls ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles

    If you have an Ouput containing '.default' you have Found the Directory to Back-up…

    If not the Folder should be Located in:

    ls ~/Library/Application Support/Thunderbird/Profiles
  2. Back-up your Archive with:

    zip -r ~/thunderbirdProfile.zip ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/STRING.default
  3. Copy the Profile to his New Location:

    cp ~/thunderbirdProfile.zip path/To/New/Transfer

    (Thereafter we suppose the Final Destination will be in the Default Thunderbird Profile Location)

  4. Unzip:

    unzip /Users/USERNAME/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/thunderbirdProfile.zip
  5. Edit the profile.ini file:

    nano /Users/USERNAME/Library/Thunderbird/profiles.ini
  6. Change IsRelative and Path to look like:

    IsRelative=0
    Path=/Users/USERNAME/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/STRING.default
To Get some Extra-Insight Look this other Guide:
How-to Install the Latest Thunderbird on Debian Linux

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