Backup Thunderbird Email and Restore Mailbox via IMAP Server Settings

Thunderbird Backup Software Tool

Thunderbird backup and restore allows creating a copy of Thunderbird local folders containing emails and different account settings. Handy Backup allows either Thunderbird online backup or saving Thunderbird email to hard drive. It also can access a server directly, replacing Thunderbird IMAP.

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Version 7.9.8, built on 15 December, 2017
65.7 MB

How to Backup Thunderbird Mail

To allow Thunderbird backup email, Handy Backup uses a “Computer” plug-in, which has an access to any local folder. This plug-in allows “hot” Thunderbird backup, requiring no stopping Thunderbird from current operations. After backup Thunderbird emails, it can save a copy of account to any place.

The Brief Intro to Backup Thunderbird Email Folders

Use the instruction below as a guideline for creating a software task for Thunderbird backup email. For additional information, please read the User Manual.

  1. Start Handy Backup. Call a New Task Wizard by pressing Ctrl+N or by clicking a “New” button.
  2. Select a backup task type on the Step 1. Go to the Step 2 and find the “Computer” plug-in.

Select the Computer plug-in

  1. Add “Computer” to task data sources by double-clicking or with a “>>” button.
  2. You will see a list of local folders and files. Browse this list after a Thunderbird backup account.
  3. Select a Thunderbird backup email folder by marking a checkbox against it.
  4. Repeat the selection procedure until you will mark all the Thunderbird accounts you need.
  5. If you plan to backup Thunderbird contacts, address book and so on, browse to the settings.
  6. Again, select all the files and folders you need. When finished, click OK and return to the Step 2.
  7. Continue making your new task as described in the User Manual That is all!

Advantages of Thunderbird Backup Program


With scheduled tasks providing Thunderbird backup email, you cannot miss the backup sequence! To ensure saving your messages, you can also add an option of running tasks missed by some cause, e.g. because a computer shutdown in a time of planned backup.

Automatic Thunderbird Backup
Encrypted Thunderbird Backup


You can use internal security tools, such as encryption, to protect your Thunderbird mail backup with Handy Backup. In addition, Handy Backup makes available a lot of secured backup vaults, including backup Thunderbird to Dropbox (or other popular cloud), to a hard drive or to an SFTP/FTPS storage.


Handy Backup contains different task controlling options besides scheduling. It can run tasks silently as a Windows service, start other programs before and after a Thunderbird backup email task, notify users by mail about backup results, and make several other things as a perfect Thunderbird backup utility.

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Handy Backup Standard

Version 7.9.8, built on 15 December, 2017. 65.7 MB
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Handy Backup Standard

The Standard edition contains both “Computer” and “E-mail” plug-ins to serve as a Thunderbird backup program, as well as a good set of common storage plug-ins. Free 30-days trial version!

Accessing Thunderbird IMAP Server: an Alternative Backup Technique

A crucial possibility of Handy Backup in matters of Thunderbird backup operations is the function of direct access to Thunderbird IMAP server directory, making all local operations unnecessary. To replace Thunderbird with IMAP backup, Handy Backup uses the “E-mail” plug-in from the “Email” group.

Choose the “Email” plug-in

Caveat: For utilizing Thunderbird IMAP checking email server capabilities (e.g. an IMAP address of a server, a port etc.) can be necessary parts of effective task building. Please read carefully all the documentation about a particular Thunderbird IMAP server to tune up a backup task quickly!

Using Thunderbird IMAP Advanced Settings for Effective Restoration

With the “E-mail” plug-in, Handy Backup can not only save Thunderbird backup email to a different place but also restore it directly to a server, or even move it to another web mail service. You require no local Thunderbird backup operations to do it; please see an article about email backup to know details.

Change Thunderbird Restore Location

Handy Backup can serve as both very effective Thunderbird backup software and a utility to make Thunderbird IMAP backup directly from a server. Experience yourself with its capabilities by downloading and installing a 30-day free trial version
with all functions and plug-ins available!

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