Birdtray (Firetray alternative): Thunderbird tray icon with new email notification for Linux [Ubuntu PPA Included]

Bird stand Add a system tray icon for the Thunderbird email client on Linux (Xorg) or Windows. This icon displays the unread email count. In addition, Birdtray also supports suspending new email notifications, configuring accounts / email folders to be notified of new emails, etc.
FireTray and other solutions for Thunderbird to add a taskbar icon showing the count of unread emails have been discontinued with Thunderbird 60. Birdtray directly checks the status of unread emails by reading the Thunderbird email search database, so it is not affected by Thunderbird API changes. Therefore, Birdtray is an excellent replacement for Firetray and should not be interrupted when Thunderbird is updated.

This tool requires Qt5 (5.6 or higher) and is currently considered Alpha software-this is no longer the case, Birdtray is now considered stable. Birdtray has the following characteristics:

  • Thunderbird tray icon with unread email counter
  • When a new email is received, the tray icon will flash (blink). Configurable flashing speed
  • Configurable account / mail folder for which new email should be checked
  • Configurable unread count font color for different email accounts
  • Thunderbird window can be hidden and restored by double-clicking the taskbar icon or from the context menu of the taskbar icon
  • Can start Thunderbird automatically when starting Birdtray, and automatically close Thunderbird when exiting the tray icon
  • Configurable tray icon (for regular and unread icons)
  • Can detect whether Thunderbird shut down accidentally
  • Postpone new email notification for scheduled time
  • Allow pre-configured email templates to be added to the tray for quick access (“New Email” tab in Birdtray-Birdtray needs to be restarted after adding a new pre-configured email)

If enabled Hide Thunderbird window when its minimized Options, you may see Hide Thunderbird Tray menu options, even if Thunderbird is hidden. This error has been reported and may be fixed soon. Update: This bug has been fixed in Birdtray 1.3.
It should also be noted that it may take a few seconds before the tray icon notifies you about new emails, because Thunderbird needs to update the database before Birdtray can “see” new emails.

Download Birdtray

The Birdtray GitHub distribution tab contains only Windows (and source code) binaries. Birdtray is available on Debian-based Linux distributions (including Debian Buster and higher, Ubuntu 19.04, 19.10 and 20.04, Linux Mint 19. * and more Many. However, it may be one or two versions behind the latest version. You can install it using the following methods:

sudo apt install birdtray

Bird cages are also available Arch user repositoryIf Birdtray is not in the Linux distribution repository, you can use Flathub to install it. If you have not installed Flatpak and enabled Flathub repository on your system, please refer to the instructions on how to do this in the following URL Flathub quick setup page. You only need to set up Flatpak and Flathub once.
After setting up Flatpak and Flathub, go to Bird cage Flathub Page and click the install button. If you are a Gnome user, you can also search on Gnome Software / Ubuntu Software and install from there. This also applies to Linux Mint 19. * with a software manager, where Flatpak and Flathub are enabled by default. Or use the following command to install it from Flathub:

flatpak install flathub org.gyunaev.Birdtray

Finally, if you are using Linux, you can also Building a bird cage if you are willing to.

How to install Birdtray in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (PPA)

I decided to create a PPA for a package that I personally use. Since I like to use the latest software, I tend to update the packages I use frequently so that others can use them. I plan to upload only the packages that are not available in the Ubuntu repository to The PPA. Now, this PPA contains Birdtray.
PPA supports Birdtray for Ubuntu 19.10, 19.04 and 18.04 / Linux Mint 19. *.
You can use the following command to add PPA and install Birdtray in Ubuntu 18.04, 19.04 or 19.10 or Linux Mint 19. *:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install birdtray

Alternatively, you can download the DEB package from the following location: Here If you don’t want to add PPA.

How to configure the Birdtray Thunderbird tray icon

Before you start using Birdtray, please make sure you have configured an email address in Thunderbird, otherwise it will not be available.
The first thing you need to do is add your Thunderbird profile in Birdtray. To do this, start Birdtray and select from the taskbar icon menu Settings. Next, switch to the “Monitoring” tab and click Add.
Use Birdtray 1.7.0 and later, your email account ~/.thunderbird Personal data should be listed so that you can choose the personal data to be notified:Birdtray add account

This is all you need to do to get Birdtray to work. However, you may need to change some of its other settings to suit your needs. It is also worth noting that by default, Birdtray is not set to automatically start Thunderbird when Birdtray starts, hide / show the Thunderbird window when the tray icon is clicked, hide the Thunderbird window when minimized, and so on. You can check the “Bird Box Settings” Hiding label.