How to migrate Thunderbird’s data&profile from Ubuntu to Windows.

1. Prepare data for migration on Ubuntu.

$ cd ~
$ tar cvfz mozilla-thunderbird-[YYYYMMDD].tgz .mozilla-thunderbird

* YYYYMMDD such as 20080525 (2008 May, 28th)
** Be careful in front of “mozilla-thunderbird” has dot (.) .
2. Copy file backup (mozilla-thunderbird-[YYYYMMDD].tgz) from Ubuntu to Windows

3. Extract backup file.


4. Move Thunderbird directory on Windows to other location for backup such as

C:\Documents and Settings\sketkeaw\Application Data\Thunderbird

Move to

C:\Documents and Settings\sketkeaw\Application Data\Thunderbird-Backup

5. Create new directory C:\Documents and Settings\sketkeaw\Application Data\Thunderbird
6. Copy all file in .mozilla-thunderbird-[YYYYMMDD] to C:\Documents and Settings\sketkeaw\Application Data\Thunderbird
7. Edit file Profile.ini

From

[General]StartWithLastProfile=1[Profile0]Name=defaultIsRelative=1Path=uob4v46z.default

To

[General]
StartWithLastProfile=1
[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=uob4v46z.default

8. Save file Profile.ini and start Thunderbird program.

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Marko
Marko
9 years ago

Thanks for this – made it very easy for me to migrate Thunderbird from Ubuntu 11.10 to Windows 7. Much appreciated!

Jan
Jan
7 years ago

These instructions are too cryptic for us over 70’s, what are the chances of getting a step-by-step guide to follow?