Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac OS X

In order to setup your email on Mozilla Thunderbird you will need a few things:

  • An active internet connection (To make sure it works)
  • Username
  • Password
  • Incoming and Outgoing email servers settings

If you are a Red Shift customer please Click Here for your email server settings.

The following screen shots come from a Mac OS X 10.5.8 PowerPC G5 using Mozilla Thunderbird release 3.1.20. This is an older configuration but the placement for most of the settings are the same across most version of OS X.

For Microsoft Windows users the steps are similar to the Mac OS X instructions. Inside Mozilla Thunderbird go to Menu > Options > Account Settings > Account Actions > Add Mail Account. Please Click Here for the Microsoft Windows guide.

For Mac OS X users wanting to set up Mac Mail go to File > Add Account. Please Click Here for the Mac Mail OS X guide.

Adding an email account to a new installation of Mozilla Thunderbird

Step 1)

Open the Thunderbird program and this will likely be the first screen you see on a brand new installation of Mozilla Thunderbird. Click the “Create New Account” button in the middle of the page.


Step 2) Now you will be at the account setup screen. Enter your name, email address, password, and then click the continue button.


Step 3) Once you have done that, Thunderbird will automatically try to get the right settings for your email address from the email servers. You can quickly edit the server settings by clicking the “Edit” button. If you would like to manually configure the server settings you can click “Manual Setup”.

IMAP Mail Account Setup


IMAP Mail Account Setup Edit Config


POP Mail Account Setup


POP Mail Account Setup Edit Config

If you are not connected to the internet, you may need to click the “Manual Setup’ button to manually configure your email address settings.

Step 4) Click the “Create Account” button to finish the setup process.

Adding a email account to an existing Mozilla Thunderbird installation

Step 1) Go to File > New > Mail Account.


Step 2) Follow steps 2-4 from “Adding an email account to a new installation of Mozilla Thunderbird”

Edit email account settings for existing Mozilla Thunderbird installation

Step 1) Enter the account settings by going to Tools > Account Settings.


Step 2)

Next, select “Server Settings” in the left hand column under the desired email address to edit the incoming server settings.


Step 3) Select “Outgoing Server (SMTP)” from the left hand column , find your outgoing SMTP server in the right hand column, Then select edit. Add a new server if needed.


Step 4) Enter the desired SMTP server setting and click the okay button to save.