I have installed elementary OS Freya and I replaced Geary with Mozilla Thunderbird. Is there a way to get notifications in the top panel when a new email arrives like it does by default with Geary?

  • hey not sure but you can try this addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/tag/libnotify
    – Djax
    Dec 3, 2015 at 22:34
  • Yes that did part of the job, a bubble appear when a new message arrives, but not show a (1) in the notification icon in the top bar. Dec 3, 2015 at 23:22
  • It shows blue dot, and you will see inbox (NUMBER). correct?
    – Ravan
    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:53

3 Answers 3


Note: The follwing instructions valid when you loginto your mail via thunderbird. Also this is the normal(default) behavior for thunderbird (also for geary). See note 2.


  • Open Thunderbird.


  • Enable the "Messaging Menu ...." and restart.


If you got any message, the panel icon shows blue dot, like:


Note 2:

AFAIK, thunderbird does not have a background service that will fetch mails and show indicator. You have to loginto your mail to get notifications.

  • Well I don't know what is going on in my system, but this was already enabled and still is not working :/ Dec 4, 2015 at 13:40
  • try: disable and re-enable.
    – Ravan
    Dec 4, 2015 at 13:41
  • btw you have to loginto your account first in thunderbird. @user3377450
    – Ravan
    Dec 4, 2015 at 13:47
  • I tried disable and re-enable, what account, my email account? Dec 4, 2015 at 13:53
  • sorry, yeah- your email account :)
    – Ravan
    Dec 4, 2015 at 13:53

I found my answer, all I had to to was install a package called thunderbird-gnome-support that somehow was not installed by default.

  • Will you please provide screenshot or link to download :)
    – Ravan
    Dec 5, 2015 at 3:56
  • You mean the package? it is in the default ubuntu repositories, just sudo apt-get install thunderbird-gnome-support Dec 5, 2015 at 4:51
  • Oh, well :) I will have a look =)
    – Ravan
    Dec 5, 2015 at 5:15

For me the package 'thunderbird-gnome-support' doesn't work and i doesn't know what this is actually doing.

My working solution >> Install the extension Enhanced Desktop Notifications

It will send a message to 'notify-send' library.

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  • Just found a another extension...maybe...a more better one! :) Gnotifier -- its configurable and also for Firefox!! \o/ But I will test this later...because my first solution is working fine atM. addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/gnotifier
    – JAr
    May 4, 2016 at 15:42

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