Thunderbird Release Notes

Version 60.0, first offered to channel users on August 6, 2018

Check out "What’s New" and "Known Issues" for this version of Thunderbird below. As always, you’re encouraged to tell us what you think, or file a bug in Bugzilla. If interested, please see the complete list of changes in this release.

Thunderbird version 60.0 is only offered as direct download from thunderbird.net and not as upgrade from Thunderbird version 52 or earlier. A future version 60.1 will provide updates from earlier versions. If you have installed Lightning, Thunderbird's Calendar add-on, it will automatically be updated to match the new version of Thunderbird. Refer to this Calendar troubleshooting article in case of problems.

System Requirements: • Window: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later • Mac: Mac OS X 10.9 or later • Linux: GTK+ 3.4 or higher. Details here.

What’s New

  • new

    When writing a message, a delete button now allows the removal of a recipient. This delete button is displayed when hovering the To/Cc/Bcc selector.

  • new

    Many improvements to attachments handling during compose: Attachments can now be reordered using a dialog, keyboard shortcuts, or drag and drop. The "Attach" button moved to the right to be above the attachment pane. The access key of the attachment pane (e.g. Alt+M, may vary depending on localization, Ctrl+M on Mac) now also works to show or hide the pane. The attachment pane can also be shown initially when composing a new message. Right-click on the header to enable this option. Hiding a non-empty attachment pane will now show a placeholder paperclip to indicate the presence of attachments and avoid sending them accidentally.

  • new

    "Edit Template" command. This also solves various problems when saving as template (duplicates created, message ID lost).

  • new

    "New Message from Template" command

  • new

    Allow changing the Spellcheck Language from status bar

  • new

    Light and Dark themes

  • new

    WebExtension themes are now enabled in Thunderbird

  • new

    A default startup directory in the address book window can now be configured

  • new

    Individual feed update interval

  • new

    An option under "Tools > Options, Advanced, General" now allows to select whether date/time display will follow the application locale (adjusted by operating system's format settings for that locale) or the locale selected in the operating system's regional settings. In other words, an US English Thunderbird can use, for example, German formats.

  • new

    OAuth2 authentication for Yahoo and AOL

  • new

    FIDO U2F support

  • new

    Thunderbird now allows the conversion of folders from mbox to maildir format and vice versa. This is an experimental feature that needs to be enabled by setting the preference mail.store_conversion_enabled. Note that this functionality does not not work if the option "Allow Windows Search/Spotlight to search messages" is selected.

  • new

    Calendar: Allow copying, cutting or deleting of a selected occurrence or the entire series for recurring events

  • new

    Calendar: Provide an option to display locations for events in calendar day and week views

  • new

    Calendar: Provide the ability for sending/not sending meeting notifications directly instead of showing a popup

  • new

    Calendar: Option to select the target calendar when pasting an event or task

  • new

    Calendar: Allow email scheduling for CalDAV servers supporting server-side scheduling

  • new

    Thunderbird Chat now contains multiple built-in message themes

  • changed

    IMPORTANT: Add-ons not marked as compatible with Thunderbird 60 by their authors will be disabled (this can be reverted via preference extensions.strictCompatibility)

  • changed

    IMAP: When after sending a message storing that sent message fails, the message can now be stored in a local folder

  • changed

    Add-on options can no longer be configured from the Add-on Manager page. A new menu item "Add-on Options" is now available on the Tools menu.

  • changed

    When messages are composed in paragraph format, "body text" and split mail quotes are converted to paragraphs when pressing the enter key

  • changed

    "Edit As New Message" will now use the account's default compose format, either HTML or plain text ignoring the format of the message. Plain text messages will be converted to HTML and vice versa. Then using the modifier, the format choice will be reverted.

  • changed

    The "Edit Draft" command now also honors the use of the shift key to convert HTML to plain text or vice versa when editing a draft

  • changed

    The plain text to HTML conversion has been improved where such a conversion is necessary for "Edit As New Message" or when the shift modifier is used for "Edit Draft" or "New Message from Template".

  • changed

    During address entry, the matching part of the address is now shown in bold. Preference mail.autoComplete.commentColumn allows to display the address book where the address is stored.

  • changed

    When attaching a message via drag and drop, the subject of the message is now used as attachment name instead of "Attached Message"

  • changed

    Better address book photo handling: Photos can be added by drag and drop and a copy of all photos will be stored in the Thunderbird profile

  • changed

    On first start, Thunderbird now shows the account setup dialog, no longer the account provisioner dialog

  • changed

    Thunderbird follows Firefox' Photon design with rectangular tabs and many other theme improvements

  • changed

    When customizing the From: address, Thunderbird will now use this address for the SMTP "MAIL FROM" command. Previously the address configured in the identity was used. The preference mail.smtp.useSenderForSmtpMailFrom allows return to the previous behavior.

  • changed

    Native notifications on Linux are now re-enabled

  • changed

    Thunderbird now uses Mozilla's latest proxy technology (add-on FoxyProxy now supported)

  • changed

    Thunderbird now uses the latest Rust-based Mozilla technology, including Quantum's CSS engine (based on Servo) and encoding_rs, for displaying and encoding messages

  • changed

    Calendar: Removal of capability to send email invitations compatible to Outlook 2002 and earlier

  • changed

    Calendar: Reminders on read-only calendars can now be dismissed, while reminders for missed events will now only be displayed for writable calendars if option "Show missed reminders for writable calendars" is selected

  • changed

    Thunderbird Chat: Nicknames inside of messages are colored to match the participants list

  • fixed

    When many Thunderbird clients or other email clients accessed the same IMAP draft folder, messages were sometimes sent with the wrong identity. This has been corrected and the user will be notified if none of their identities matches the draft.

  • fixed

    Various problems related to handling the IMAP trash folder: Under certain circumstances the selection of the trash folder didn't persist, for example when the name contained non-ASCII characters, or in localized versions of Thunderbird. At times unwanted additional trash folders were created. Selection of a trash folder didn't give immediate visual feedback.

  • fixed

    Shared IMAP folders not shown in subscribe dialog under some circumstances

  • fixed

    Messages moved between IMAP accounts were missing parts (embedded content or attachments) under some circumstances

  • fixed

    Improvements encoding/decoding message headers

  • fixed

    Text in the address book card view wasn't selectable

  • fixed

    Passwords can now contain non-ASCII characters, like international characters, for example áäß, and symbols, for example €§

  • fixed

    Outlook import. Note: Mail, address book and settings need to be imported individually as "Import Everything" currently does not work.

  • fixed

    Localised versions of Thunderbird didn't show a localised name for Hotmail's "Deleted" folder

  • fixed

    Contacts sidebar: Selection and context menu behavior

  • fixed

    Better error handling for Gmail authentication to avoid re-downloading of folders

  • fixed

    Thunderbird used a stale cached password after user edited a saved password

  • fixed

    Calendar: Wrong time formatting for some time zones

  • fixed

    Calendar: Can't copy information from event dialog for received invitations

  • fixed

    Various security fixes

Known Issues

  • unresolved

    CalDav access to some servers not working. Workaround: Set preference network.cookie.same-site.enabled to false.