How to Restore Thunderbird profile to a different location

There are 2 methods to backup Thunderbird profiles

  • If your existing profile folder and profile backup folder have the same name.
    1. Shutdown the Thunderbird Email.
    2. replace the existing profile folder with the profile backup, then start Thunderbird.
  • If the profile folder names do not match or if you want to move or restore a profile to a different location, follow below steps:
    1. Close Thunderbird Email
    2. Create a new Thunderbird Profile as explained here.
    3. Locate the backed up profile folder on your hard drive or backup medium.
    4. Open the profile folder backup (e.g., the xxxxxxxx.default backup).
    5. Copy the entire contents of the profile folder backup, such as the mimeTypes.rdf file, prefs.js file, bookmarkbackups folder, etc.
    6. Locate and open the new profile folder as explained above and then close Thunderbird (if open).
    7. Paste the contents of the backed up profile folder into the new profile folder, overwriting existing files of the same name.
    8. Start Thunderbird.