How do I backup my email so that I can import it all back in at a later time if I need to?

NoOp glgxg at
Sun Jan 25 19:18:24 UTC 2009

On 01/24/2009 08:55 PM, Preston Kutzner wrote:
> On Jan 24, 2009, at 5:22 PM, Gregor GrĂ¼ner wrote:
>> Hi Mark,
>> Thunderbird stores the e-mails and profile settings in a special  
>> directory under /home/user/.thunderbird/ or ~/.thunderbird  
>> directory. All you have to do is backup this directory.
> Newer versions of Thunderbird store mail under .mozilla-thunderbird in  
> your home directory.  I would recommend regularly backing that  
> directory up.  You could use tar + gzip (or bzip2) to keep the file  
> size smaller.  Example:  'tar -zcf thunderbird_mail.tar.gz .mozilla- 
> thunderbird' in your home directory.

That must be an Ubuntu package thing (.mozilla-thunderbird). I have installed (mozilla version from and it creates
~/.mozilla. So I then installed Thunderbird on a different system from
the repo and sure enough it creates a ~/.mozilla-thunderbird folder. I
suppose that is so that you can keep the version separate from a
standard install.

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