Support for the XDG Base Directory Specification in Thunderbird



6 years ago
6 months ago


(Reporter: Tristan Miller, Unassigned)


(Depends on: 1 bug)

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6 years ago
Currently Thunderbird stores its user application data (preferences, cache, etc.) in ~/.thunderbird, thus cluttering the user's home directory with yet another arbitrarily chosen hidden directory.  Thunderbird should instead support the XDG Base Directory Specification <> under GNU/Linux.

The same problem is the subject of Bug 247973, though the proposed resolution is less preferable.

Similar requests have already been made for Firefox (Bug 259356) and SeaMonkey (Bug 726939).


6 years ago
Depends on: 259356
Summary: Support for the XDG Base Directory Specification → Support for the XDG Base Directory Specification in Thunderbird

Comment 1

5 years ago
* ping

Comment 2

5 years ago
According to XDG Base directory specification, Thunderbird@ should not have its own folder anymore:
User data should go into $XDG_DATA_HOME (which default to ~/.local/share),
user preferences should go into $XDG_CONFIG_HOME (which default to ~/.config)
and cached data should go to $XDG_CACHE_HOME (which default to ~/.cache).
More details at :

Full specification can be found at:

The XDG base directory specification have good de facto adoption.
It has been adopted by:
- GNOME ( )
- GTK+ ( )
- KDE ( )
- QT ( )
- XFCE ( in Files and Environment Variables )
- Razor-qt
- VLC ( )
- GStreamer ( )
- Chrome ( )
- many more upstream applications
- Ubuntu ( & )
- Debian ( )
- Red Hat
- Fedora
- Suse
- many more distributions

I think that Thunderbird should use same locations than the vast majority of Desktop environment and applications.

There are real advantages of following this specification :
- a lot less cluttered $HOME
- Make backups a lot more safer and easier.
  Backuping your $XDG_DATA_HOME along with your files is enough 
  (or just excluding $XDG_CACHE_HOME)
- A lot easier to reset a default configuration if you want/need it (and 
  without any risk to loose informations). Even for the software itself 
  could choose to reset $XDG_CONFIG_HOME if needed.
- Avoid some strange bugs that happens because you had a old version of 
  some configuration file
- A lot more of flexibility and portability because no path are hardcoded.

Comment 3

10 months ago
Pinging. Over 4 years later, this bug should be confirmed.

Comment 4

7 months ago
Когда же эти пидары эту паеботу исправят? Неужели так трудно слодовать по спецификациям???
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