A few days ago I posted an article on backing up a Mozilla Thunderbird account profile. This article is the other important 50%, how to restore that account profile. These two article should help with system restores, data loss or migrating emails on mass to a new machine.
First off, make sure you’ve followed the steps in the above mentioned post. This article is unlikely to help unless you’ve done those steps. Performed a backup using those steps, good, now the following steps can be taken:
- Make sure Thunderbird isn’t running, if it is, close it down fully,
- Hop over to your Terminal window (opened on mine using CTRL+ALT+T),
- Enter and execute the following line; “thunderbird -profilemanager”,
- If the normal Thunderbird GUI opens up it means it was still running in the background, close it down properely and restart these steps,
- You should hopefully see the following screen (listed profiles will differ). Create a new profile and name it something meaningful,
- If you now go to your local Thunderbird directory, (its shown below the ‘enter name’ field), select your new profile folder and delete its content. Leave the folder though,
- Then grab your backed up profile data and extract it into this folder,
- Hey-presto, restoration of your email profile is now complete!
Like my previous article on taking the backup, this will work for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Debian distro’s. With a bit of tweaking, its likely to work with any Linux distro. If you’re a Windows user I hope this article is still useful in showing you the vague direction needed to be taken.