The Best Plugins to Supercharge Thunderbird
There are still
plenty of great reasons to use a desktop email client
There's nothing wrong with webmail, but if you want complete control over how your mail is handled, filtered, organized, and even secured, a desktop client is the way to go, and Thunderbird is one of the best. This collection of plug-ins makes it even better, and even gives you some features you'd normally get in some of the other, paid
Thunderbird Conversations is one of
our favorite extensions for Thunderbird
Filelink is Thunderbird's
built-in cloud attachment feature
rolled your own Cloud Storage service
As its name implies, Send Later allows you to compose a message and then schedule it to send whenever you want it to go out. Perfect if you want to send a message to someone on the other side of the world when you know they'll be
If you're familiar with the little arrows next to a
If you're a fan of Markdown, the
super-simple way of editing and formatting text
Lightning is a calendaring add-on for Thunderbird. Most email clients have some calendaring functionality built-in, whether it's Google Calendar and Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and its built-in calendar, or even Mail.app and iCal. With Lightning, Thunderbird gets its own rolled in calendar, and while it's not the most feature-rich calendaring tool, it's come a long way. Combined with the Provider for Google Calendar add-on, you get bi-directional access to your Google Calendar, so all of your Lightning events go right to your Google Calendar and vice versa. It's the next best thing to having Google Calendar right in Thunderbird.
It's not perfect-you only get access to one Google Calendar, and it can be a little buggy as the developers behind both
Previously mentioned TorBirdy
It's important to note that TorBirdy anonymizes outgoing mail (and even read receipts, since they're essentially auto-replies), but like any Tor traffic, it doesn't really make you anonymous to your mail provider-there's no reason you'd want to be, you are checking your email after all. This is really for those situations where you want to send an email to someone and don't necessarily want the message headers betraying where you're located or what ISP you're using. TorBirdy also supports Enigmail, which we'll get to in a moment.
Enigmail is a
Development on Enigmail has largely stalled, but that's not too much of an issue considering is still works well. Regardless, there's a ton of documentation, forums and mailing lists for it, so if you run into problems, someone's likely already found a solution.
These plugins add some pretty beefy features to Thunderbird, some of which aren't available in fancier, paid email clients. If you're not ready to shell out for
(even though it's been purchased by Google), and some of the other clients we've mentioned lately like