This guide assumes you already followed the Getting Started documentation and you already downloaded
comm-central source code.
You need a 64 bit version of Linux in order to build Thunderbird. You can check which version you're running by typing this command in your terminal:
if this command returns
x86_64 you can proceed.
Python 2.7 installed,
Python 3.x is currently not supported.
You can check with
python --version to see if you have it already. If not, you can install it with your distribution’s package manager. Make sure your system is up to date!
The Thunderbird build will take up to 30 GB of disk space in order to complete. Be sure to have enough free space and a fast internet connection to avoid interruptions.
Access the location where you downloaded the
mozilla-central source code, most likely
source/ and trigger this command:
You will be asked to choose from the following list of options
Please choose the version of Firefox you want to build:1. Firefox for Desktop Artifact Mode2. Firefox for Desktop3. GeckoView/Firefox for Android Artifact Mode4. GeckoView/Firefox for Android
Please choose option 2 to proceed with a successful build.
This action will install all the libraries and dependencies necessary to build Thunderbird locally.
It could happen that some libraries will not be installed by the
bootstrap command, specifically those related to the
Rust programming language. Check whether these packages are available in your system by running these commands in your terminal:
If one or both commands return an empty output, you need to install them manually:
Install Rust and cargo (the Rust package manager):
curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh
Install cbindgen (tool that generates C bindings from Rust code):
cargo install cbindgen
Got back to the Building Thunderbird page and continue following the guide.