Thunderbird, from Windows XP to Mac OS X

I have one running instance of Thunderbird running on my netbook. I’d like to make a full copy of it onto my MacBook so that I don’t have to redo the whole configuration and plugin installation…

Migration steps

Here’s a way to quickly migrate your Windows XP Thunderbird’s instance onto your Mac:

  • Install Thunderbird for the Mac;
  • Start Thunderbird and cancel the profile creation;
  • Close Thunderbird ;
  • Copy the Windows XP profile data(1) in the OSX profile directory;
  • Edit the profiles.ini file(2) from the Mac instance ;
  • Start Thunderbird.

The first Mac profile, the one create on first start, can be deleted.

I had to reinstall the Lightning module to have it work. The configuration was correctly copied though ; so I didn’t have to reconfigure it.

(1) cp -pr /Volumes/Windows XP/Documents and Settings/ptijo/ApplicationData/Thunderbird/Profiles/32h6btju.default /Users/ptijo/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/
(2) Path=Profiles/32h6btju.default

Source: Transférer ses Mails de Thunderbird PC (Windows XP) vers Thunderbird Mac (Mac OS)

Author: Joel Carnat

@work Technical Architect and SysAdmin ; @home OpenBSD and FOSS, Karate, Kobudō, Jōdō, Bodyweight workout, Photography & Music

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