About Thunderbird

Thunderbird an powerful and customizable open source Email client with lots of users. It is based on the Mozilla platform that Firefox is also built on. These docs teach you how to contribute!

I Want to Start Hacking

This page has some information on where to get information and get plugged into the Community. If you are ready to start hacking, head to this page:

Add-on Development

If you'd like to learn to develop add-ons for Thunderbird, check out our add-on documentation:

Report Bugs and Request Features

Bugzilla

Thunderbird uses Mozilla's Bugzilla platform to report and track bugs. The site can also be used to generate enhancement bugs, which can be used for feature requests. If you want to become a contributor to Thunderbird, you will need an account on Bugzilla as you will submit patches through this platform.

If you want to contribute to the Thunderbird website, this documentation, or addons.thunderbird.net - you can find those repositories and their issue trackers on the Thundernest GitHub page. You'll need a GitHub account ot contribute there.

Getting Plugged into the Community

We have a complete listing of the ways in which you can get involved with Thunderbird on our website. Below are some quick references from that page that you can use if you are looking to contribute to Thunderbird core right away.

Mailing Lists

If you want to participate in discussions about Thunderbird development, there are two main mailing lists you want to join.

  1. TB-Planning: This mailing list is higher level topics like: the future of Thunderbird, potential features, and changes that you would like to see happen. It is also used to discuss a variety of broader issues around community and governance of the project.

  2. Maildev: A moderated mailing list for discussing engineering plans for Thunderbird. It is a place where you can raise questions and ideas for core Thunderbird development.

  3. Add-on Developers: A list for Thunderbird add-on developers and aspiring add-on developers to ask questions and share knowledge.

IRC

If you want to ask questions about how to hack on Thunderbird, the IRC channel you want to join is #maildev on irc.mozilla.org.