| Setup Thunderbird Mail (Linux
e-mail programs that come from your internet service provider (ISP),
and Internet mail
systems like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Gmail are convenient to use because they allow you to
read and send mail from any computer. The only thing you need to run these is a web
browser. Many ISPs provide
mail clients that you can use to read and respond to your e-mail
off-line as well. Unfortunately
those programs are usually applications for Windows. Many ISPs also give you the option of using their
mail in conjunction with almost any computer-based mail client that can
mail or IMAP mail. Thunderbird is a cross-platform e-mail client that
works on Linux and
Mac as well as on Windows.
Here we'll describe step-by-step how to setup Thunderbird to receive
and send your mail through Gmail. Google's website provides help
for setting-up mail clients to work with Gmail. The
instructions on the website are for Windows and Mac, however. Whether
you are setting up Thunderbird in Linux, Window or Mac, the setup is
similar. Similar, but not identical.
Before you get started, you will need to log-in to your Gmail account
at mail.google.com and change the settings to enable POP mail. Here is
a link to Google's instructions on how to do this. http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13273
- Open Thunderbird, and
You can use Thunderbird to get your mail from more than one source, so
if you have already setup one account, you'll see those settings listed
- Click the Add Account button.
- Select the Email account radio
button and click Next.
The "Identity" screen appears.
- Enter your full name and
your Gmail email address in the appropriate fields, and click Next.
- Gmail uses POP for its
incoming service, so choose POP
rather than IMAP.
- Enter pop.gmail.com
in the "Incoming Server" field.
- If you are setting up
retrieve mail from more than one e-mail system, you need to decide
whether you want Thunderbird to put all of your e-mail into a single,
universal in-box, or if you want separate inboxes for each system. If
you want to keep your mail separate, remove the checkmark from Use Global Inbox.
- Set the "Outgoing
Server" to smtp.gmail.com,
and click Next.
- Enter the incoming user
name provided by
your e-mail provider. This is usually the name you use to log-in to
your mail account. For Gmail, it's the part of your e-mail address
before the "@gmail.com."
- Enter your outgoing user
name (for Gmail, this is your full e-mail address) and click Next.
- Enter an account name.
This is the name
that will be used as a label for your account in Thunderbird and as a
label for your inbox.
- Click Finish and you are
- In the list of settings
below your new account name, select Server
- The default setting for
incoming POP mail
port is 110. Your e-mail provider will let you know if it uses the
default port. Gmail uses port 995 instead. Make that change in the
- In the "Security
Settings" section, select SSL
from the "Use secure connection" options. Other e-mail providers may
use different settings here.
- Gmail does not use
secure authentication, so ensure that the Use secure authentication
check box is not checked.
- Ensure that the Check for messages at startup
download new messages check boxes are checked.
- In the list of settings
below your account settings, select Outgoing
- In the "Outgoing Server
(SMTP) Settings" window, choose your smtp.gmail.com
account and click the Edit
- The default outgoing
SMTP port setting is 25. Gmail uses port 587 instead, so make that
change in the "Port" field.
- The server name should
already be entered as smtp.gmail.com.
- The "User Name" field
should be your full e-mail address, including the "@gmail.com."
- Select TLS from the "Use
secure connection" radio buttons and click OK.
- Click OK to finish your