Can I install Thunderbird 115 as a .deb package?

I’m using Kubuntu 23.04, do not use Snaps, and wish to update to Thunderbird 115 from the installed version 102. Is this possible? It appears as if Ubuntu have stopped providing non-Snap packages for mainstream apps and Thunderbird themselves offer me a tar.bz2 whilst I’d rather use packaged apps.

Will Thunderbird 115 be available as an official .deb file at all; will it be in the repos? What’s the best non-Snap way to install it and keep it updated?

Asked By: pbhj

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The mozilla team provides a PPA for stable releases of Firefox ESR and Thunderbird. So yes, adding this PPA will allow you to have installed the latest Thunderbird and keep it automatically updated. At some point, the PPA will be updated to contain Thunderbird 115.

Answered By: vanadium

You can easy add the official PPA for Thunderbird beta by adding ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next to your system to get Thunderbird 115.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next
sudo apt update

Worked fine for me.

Link: https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/ubuntu/thunderbird-next

Answered By: Markus Tiesmeyer

Don’t do it!
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1418372

I am now looking for a way to restore Tbird 102.x to ubuntu (like you – no snaps). So far I, too, only have the tar.bz2 file that Mozilla provides:
https://archive.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/

Wish I’d looked at where tbird was installed before I purged it…

if you must upgrade, this might help. There are several resources out there with more details (from which I created by install notes).
https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
from my install notes:

*now prep to use the MozillaTeam PPA for firefox (andy maybe Thunderbird, eventually?)
 add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa
*now set the priority of the PPA firefox higher than the snap version:
 cat <<_EOF_ | tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/mozillateamppa
Package: firefox* thunderbird*
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-mozillateam
Pin-Priority: 501
_EOF_

 apt update

*NB - be careful below to watch for snap being re-installed, and quit if it wants to.  The problem is most likely in the 
      configuration of the mozillateamppa, and pinning the higher priority for the ppa version of firefox over the snap version.
*bare bones configuration
  apt install firefox thunderbird
Answered By: BISI
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