Thunderbird can be downloaded here


An IMAP email account is an account that stores messages on the mail server. The advantage to checking emails with IMAP is that you have a central storage for all of your mail and your archives can be checked from any computer with an internet connection. This is beneficial if you are checking from multiple computers or devices (like an iPhone). The main disadvantage of checking email with IMAP is that you are limited to the allocated storage space on the server for that specific email account. If you are checking email from a single computer 90% of the time and/or regularly receive large attachments, you will want to instead set up your mail as a POP account. Instructions for that can be found here. To create and check an IMAP account with the Thunderbird application, follow the below instructions:

1. Login to the cPanel for your hosting package, commonly found at ( should be replaced with your actual domain name)

2. Click on the Email Accounts module in cPanel.

3. Scroll down the page until you see a list of your existing email addresses. Click the Configure Mail Client link for the email address you want to setup in the Apple Mail client.

4. On the next screen you will see a list of email programs and methods of checking email. Near the bottom of the page you will see Manual Settings specific to this email address. This will have all of the information you need, less your password. NOTE: The details below are example information and should not be used on your setup.


Manual Setup info


5. Open Thunderbird, go to the Tools menu at the top and choose Account Settings.

6. In the window that opens, choose Account Actions, then select Add Mail Account

7. In the Your Name field type your full name.

8. In the E-mail Address field, type your email address.

9. In the Password field, type your email password. Click Continue.

 Thunderbird will attempt to retrieve your incoming an outgoing server settings for you. We actually want to manually edit the settings instead, so click the Manual config button.

11. The maunal configuration page will now be displayed as shown in the image below.

In the Username field, enter the Mail Server Username listed on the Configure Mail Client page in your cPanel (referenced in step 4, above).

 In the Incoming field, enter the Incoming Mail Server: (SSL) listed on the Configure Mail Client page in your cPanel (referenced in step 4, above).IMAP should be selected in the second drop down box. SSL/TLS should be selected in the third drop down box. Authentication should be set to Normal Password.

 Under the Outgoing field, enter the Outgoing Mail Server: (SSL) listed on the Configure Mail Client page in your cPanel (referenced in step 4, above). SSL/TLS should be selected in the third drop down box. Authentication should be set to Normal Password.

 Once the incoming and outgoing setting have been set, hit the Re-test Configuration button which will make sure the server ports are correct.

16. Click Create Account.

Congratulations! Thunderbird is now setup to receive email via IMAP. 

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