Thunderbird Export URLs

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There's an easy way to get Thunderbird sort of working with Firefox right out of the box with Arch. Go to your hidden thunderbird directory in your home directory.

cd /home/YOURUSERNAME/.thunderbird

Or use a graphical filebrowser like Konqueror or Nautilus. Make sure to enable 'view hidden files and folders.'

You'll see a folder that looks something like this


Go into that folder and find the file named prefs.js and open it with your text editor of choice.

IMPORTANT - Make absolute sure that Thunderbird is CLOSED. Otherwise this change to the text file will have no effect.

Add to the bottom of the prefs.js file the following lines and save the file (alternatively, you can add the lines to a new file called user.js).

user_pref("", "/opt/mozilla/bin/firefox");
user_pref("", "/opt/mozilla/bin/firefox");

Then restart thunderbird. URL's clicked in Thunderbird should now open in Firefox. Unfortunately they do not receive focus. You still have to click on Firefox after clicking the URL. If anyone knows a fix to this PLEASE edit this.

You can change whether links are opened in new tabs or in new windows by opening up /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox in a text editor.

There are two lines near the top that say:


This setup will open URL's in a new window. Simply comment the first line and uncomment the second line to open URL's in a new tab!

Another way to do that is to select the right radiobutton in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Tabbed Browsing in your Firefox browser menu.