Mozilla Thunderbird profile backup and copy methods

Yves - June 15, 2019

Mozilla Thunderbird profile backup and copy methods - Intertuto

With Mozilla Thunderbird, you do not lose data. Copying a Mozilla Thunderbird profile is a perfect backup and easy to create.

Saving emails, contacts, filters, settings and everything else that’s not in one place Mozilla Thunderbird is great, but in two places it's even better. It works well if this other place is a shiny new computer that emits the new laptop smell.

We need a backup when we lose the data, but with Mozilla Thunderbird, we do not lose the data. Therefore, we do not need a backup of Mozilla Thunderbird data, because we already have one; copying a Mozilla Thunderbird profile is a perfect backup and easy to create.

Save or copy the Mozilla Thunderbird profile

To copy the complete Mozilla Thunderbird profile, you must:

- Make sure Mozilla Thunderbird is not running.

- Open the Mozilla Thunderbird profile directory:

1. On Windows:

-To select Start | Run ... (Windows XP), right-click on the Start menu, select Run from the menu that appears (Windows 8.1, 10) or select Start / All Programs / Accessories / Run (Windows Vista).

- We type% appdata%. Then press OK.

- We open the Thunderbird folder. Then, we now open the Profiles folder.

- We open the directory of a specific profile.

2. In macOS or OS X:

- We open a new Finder window. Then we press Command + Shift + G. However, we can select Go / Go to the folder ... menu.

- Type ~ / Library / Thunderbird / Profiles /. Then we press Go.

- Then, open a specific Mozilla Thunderbird profile folder.

3. On Linux:

- One opens a terminal browser window or file.

- We go to the directory "~ / .thunderbird".

- Here, we can access the directory of a specific profile.

- You must highlight all the files and folders it has.

4. How to copy the files to the desired save location.

It is often wise to compress files and folders in a zip file and move the zip file instead:

a. In Windows, with the right mouse button, you click on one of the selected files and then select Send to / compressed folder (zipped) from the context menu that appeared.

b. Under macOS or OS X, right-click on one of the highlighted files and select Compress ___ from the pop-up menu that appeared. The compressed file will be named Archive.zip.

c. In a Linux terminal window, type tar -zcf MozillaProfiles.tar.gz * and then press Enter; the compressed file will be named MozillaProfiles.tar.gz.

At this level, you can now restore the profile to another computer or if there is a problem.

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