How to configure Thunderbird for IMAP email?

This post is dedicated for my friends who always ask me how to configure Thunderbird for IMAP email. Just follow the steps below and you will be able to receive your email using Thunderbird.

To configure Thunderbird for IMAP email, follow the steps below:-


  • Start your Thunderbird email client
  • Click on File -> New -> Account, then Account Wizard will popup
  • Select Email Account and Next
  • Fill in your name and Email Address and Next
  • Select IMAP for incoming server type
  • Fill in your Incoming server (most of the time this will be then click on Next
  • Fill in your Incoming User Name (normally this will be your email address) and Next
  • Give this account a Name and Click Next and Finish
  • Now click on Get Mail, and Thunderbird will prompt you for login
  • After login, Thunderbird will start to list your email from server.

Now you can start reading your email using Thunderbird instead of using webmail from CPanel or other hosting control panel.

Please take note if you use IMAP to read your mail, you are requesting mail straight from the mail server. If you are reading large attachment, you will experience slow performance as it need to download the mail attachment from the server before it can be show to you.

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3 Responses to “How to configure Thunderbird for IMAP email?”

  1. D'jay says:

    POP: POP (Post office protocol) is a one-way download of your messages that allows you to access your mail with a mail program like Outlook Express or Apple Mail. POP only offers one-way communication, which means that actions you take in the mail program (like marking a message as read) won’t be synced to Gmail.

    IMAP: IMAP (Internet message access protocol) lets you download messages from Gmail so you can access your mail with a program like Outlook Express or Apple Mail. IMAP syncs the actions you take in Outlook Express or Apple Mail with Gmail so if you read a message in your mail client, it’ll be marked as read in Gmail.

    SMTP: SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is a set of standard Internet procedures by which two email providers (ex. Gmail, Yahoo Mail), transfer email messages to one another’s mail servers.

  2. Rene Nielsen says:

    This guide is not representing the setup process for the latest Thunderbird, it should be updated.

  3. edy russell says:

    There is no pop-up window, there is no “new account” when I do file, new, new account. What do you suggest so I can have a different e-mail than MS Outlook which stinks.


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