How to Move Thunderbird profile

After changing my work laptop I need to move thunderbird profile (accounts, mails, data, configurations) from the old PC to the new one.

Moving Thunderbird profile

I’m very lazy and I don’t want to reconfigure my thunderbird accounts, label, filters and other configuration. Here is what i did.

Thunderbird works with profile, usually I use only one profile with all the accounts I need configured in. For example Thunderbird creates one profile for any Windows user.

All profile data are stored in a folder  %APPDATA%\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\

for instance my profile folder is:

Anyway, what we need to do is to copy this folder in the new computer and configure Thunderbird so that it uses this as profile folder.

Let’s go step by step.

The best way to find folder profile in the old thunderbird is to open thunderbird, go to Help menù and then Troubleshooting Information

Then open Show Folder


Now thunderbird will open Window Explorer showing you your profile folder, so close thunderbird (don’t forget) and then copy this folder to a pen drive or where you prefer. Now we need to put the copy of our profile folder in the new computer. You can save it where you prefer, if you want to follow thunderbird standard paste it in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\ if you like you can save it wherever you want in your new computer.

Now we need to configure the new thunderbird in order to let him to use the right folder as profile folder.

Do not open thunderbird!  In the keyboard press WINDOWS Key + R and then write “thunderbird -p


Doing that you have access to Profile Manager

profile Thunderbird

Finally you can create profile, for example “default” and point it to the folder that you have just copied from old computer. If you already find “default” profile you can delete and create a new one if you are sure no other has already configured Thunderbird.

new profile thunderbird

When you click on “Finish” you will see “default” profile appear in Profile manager

profile manager

Perfect! Now you can start thnderbird and see all your account information and configuration in your new PC without any re-configuration to do.

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