Setup for email in Mozilla Thunderbird

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This is a guide for setting up private computers which are not hosted by the IT Department at University of Bergen. If you are currently using a computer that is hosted by the IT Department, there is no need for you to follow this guide.

This setup is for those who are using the Unix-mail server (Employees have Alf/ Students have Rasmus). If you are an employee and are using an Exchange account, you can use this setup Setup_of_mail_in_Thunderbird_(10)_towards_calendar-serveren. This will make your mail account in Exchange work in Thunderbird. Be aware that Thunderbird do not support the calendar function that is used in Outlook.

SSL configuration in Thunderbird

  1. In order to use SSL in Mozilla, click on the menu called “Edit”. Select the option “Mail and Newsgroup Account Settings”.
  2. Click on the option “Server Settings”
  3. Make sure the Server name is
  4. The username must be the username you use to log on services at UiB(MySpace, webmail, etc). It should be 3 letters followed by three digits, e.g stu001.
  5. Mark the checkbox for “Use Secure Connection(SSL)” and click ok.

SMTP configuration in Thunderbird

  1. Click on “Tools” on the top menu and select “Account Settings”.
  2. Under “Local Folders”, select the option named “Outgoing Server (SMTP)”
  3. Click “Add” to add a new server.
  4. Make sure the Server name is set to
  5. Mark the checkbox for “Use name and password” and enter your username. This should not contain @, only letters and digits.
  6. Mark the checkbox for SSL under “Use secure connection”.
  7. Using this configuration, you will be asked to enter your password everytime you wish to send a e-mail.