What is Betterbird?
Betterbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client.
Betterbird is a soft fork of Mozilla Thunderbird. "Soft fork" means that it is closely following the Thunderbird Extended Support Releases (ESR).
Betterbird is better than Thunderbird in three ways: It contains new features exclusive to Betterbird, it contains bug fixes exclusive to Betterbird and it contains fixes that Thunderbird may ship at a later stage. To give you an impression of where the project is headed, see this feature table at https://www.betterbird.eu/#featuretable
Betterbird aims at providing a better user experience by fixing annoying bugs in Thunderbird and implementing new features. The maintainers of Betterbird submit all changes to upstream code to eventually benefit Thunderbird. So far, Thunderbird has accepted these changes.
Betterbird integrates long waiting security patches and an Outlook-like multi-row Message description
Easy adoption. You can install Betterbird at the same time as Thunderbird and run them on the same profile. That means that you can try out Betterbird with zero hassle, and go back to Thunderbird if you don't like it - which is unlikely. Please read the fine print on our support page.
If you like Thunderbird but are discouraged by too many bugs, then give Betterbird a try. It is 100% compatible with Thunderbird's ESR version. You can install the same dot release of Thunderbird in parallel and switch between Betterbird and Thunderbird on the same profile without problems and without needing the -allow-downgrade command line switch.
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- Multiple Account supportBetterbird support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
- Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBetterbird can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
- Privacy focusedBetterbird is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
- LightweightBetterbird consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
- Unified inboxView e-mails (or similar) from all accounts in one unified view with Betterbird.
- Works OfflineBetterbird can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
- PGP EncryptionBetterbird supports PGP, an encryption system used for sending encrypted emails and files.
- Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Betterbird.
- No Coding RequiredBetterbird can be used without an coding or programming skills.
- Email OrganizerBetterbird allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
- Sync with Google CalendarBetterbird can be synchronized with Google Calendar
- PortableBetterbird can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
- Ad-freeBetterbird doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
- No TrackingBetterbird will not track you or use your personal data.
- Spam FilterBetterbird can detect unsolicited, unwanted and virus-infected emails, calls, files, etc.
- Calendar IntegrationBetterbird lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
- Import/Export OPML FeedsImport and export your feed subscriptions into OPML format with Betterbird.
- Mail FilteringBetterbird classifies email messages according to specified criteria, allowing you to automatically recognize fraudulent or spam messages.
- Full-Text SearchBetterbird lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
- OpenPGPBetterbird supports OpenPGP, a standard of PGP encryption that is open-source for public use.
- Email SchedulingYou can schedule a marketing, sales, or personal email for a time in the future with Betterbird.
- Integrated Password ManagerBetterbird lets you access all the passwords you’ve saved across your different devices.
- RemindersBetterbird allows you to set reminders for tasks, events or actions, based on parameters of time, place or condition.
- No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Betterbird without registration.
- Developed byJörg Knobloch and the Betterbird community
- LicensingOpen Source (MPL-2.0) and Free product.
- RatingAverage rating of 4.6 (12 ratings)
- Alternatives28 alternatives listed
Our users have written 12 comments and reviews about Betterbird, and it has gotten 26 likes
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Binary install, works on all distros but not beginner-friendly
Prefer the Flatpak app, better isolation
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Betterbird is a drop-in replacement for Mozilla Thunderbird. Betterbird has more features, more fixed bugs, and better support than Thunderbird.
The main challenge with Mozilla Thunderbird is that, in 2020, they changed from a not-for-profit to a for-profit organization. This mean that starting in 2020, there is a very high risk that Mozilla Thunderbird will increasingly value money above you, the people. Source about Mozilla for-profit since 2020 at: • https://blog.thunderbird.net/2020/01/thunderbirds-new-home/ • https://archive.is/b3BAO
Betterbird successfully resolved this challenge above. Because is not a for-profit organization. Also, "Betterbird is better than Thunderbird in three ways: It contains new features exclusive to Betterbird, it contains bug fixes exclusive to Betterbird, and it contains fixes that Thunderbird may ship at a later stage. Please refer to this feature table for examples." https://www.betterbird.eu/index.html#featuretable "This should give you an impression of where the project is headed."Show more ▾ago
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Has a few improvements over Thunderbird, but recently started to mark all received messages in my inbox as junk. About 100 emails from different addressesago
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