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Configuring Thunderbird for IMAP using SSL

The Zimbra service was retired on December 31, 2015.

If you have migrated to Office 365, please use the configuration instructions on the Office 365 site.

Obtaining Thunderbird

You can obtain a free download of Thunderbird from the Mozilla website. Follow the instructions on the site for installing Thunderbird.

Configuring Thunderbird

After installing Thunderbird you need to configure it for use with your @stanford mailbox.

  1. If you've not used Thunderbird before, the Mail Account Setup Wizard should start on its own. To open it manually, go to the Tools menu and click Accounts Settings. In the left pane of the Account Settings dialog box, click Account Actions and then select Add Mail Account.
  2. Enter your name as you want it to appear in the From field in outgoing mail and your email address. Then, click Continue.

    enter your name and email address
  3. Thunderbird will attempt to automatically configure your account settings. This will fail and a message saying "Thunderbird failed to find the settings for your email account" will display. Enter the following settings:
    • IMAP
    • Server hostname: your
    • Port: 993
    • SSL: SSL/TLS
    • Authentication: Normal password
    • Server hostname:
    • Port: 465
    • SSL: SSL/TLS
    • Authentication: Normal password
    enter your account informattion
  4. Click Create Account.
  5. Click OK to close the Account Settings dialog box.

Additional information

Last modified December 9, 2015