How to install the thunderbird launcher for Unity 64bit

Thunderbird is the one-stop mail solution for many of us. Mozilla corporation had provided a really nice extension for 32bit(x86) Ubuntu users for integrating it with Ubuntu’s new unity launcher.


However, x86_64 (64bit) users were deprived of that privilege. The news is that Mozilla has finally released a 64 bit version of his extension.

The x86 restriction has been removed, and the launcher now is usable from whatever platform as long as it’s capable of running Thunderbird 3.3 or higher.

If you’re running a lower version of thunderbird, you’ll first need to update to 3.3. You need to add the repo ‘ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa’ to your software sources. You can do this through the following commands.

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
 sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

This will update your Thunderbird build to the latest.

Afterwards, head on over to and add the extension to Thunderbird.

You now have a unity tooltip that works in 64bit mode too


This is a guest post contributed by Convexity

  • Gabe

    fixed it … right click on it and create a launcher that doesn’t do anything … (just to get the terminal window)
    unity –reset
    fixed settings and rebooted