Mozilla Thunderbird 78.12.0
Mozilla Thunderbird
Author: Tim Mangan
Date: June 11, 2022

Repackaging tips and silent install information for Mozilla Thunderbird 78.12.0. This App Tip provides comprehensive details for conducting a silent installation of Thunderbird. It includes additional insights, such as user environment specifics, extra installation parameters, and repackaging tips.

About

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, personal information manager, news client, RSS, and chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation and operated by subsidiary MZLA Technologies Corporation. The project strategy was originally modeled after that of Mozilla's Firefox web browser.

General Information

Vendor Information

Mozilla

Application Name

Thunderbird

Application Version

78.12.0

Download Link

https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

License Needed

No

Vendor Install

Installation Type

Setup.exe

Architecture

x86/x64

Description

Application Configuration/Settings

Registry

File

AD/GPO

AAD/GPO

User Environment Data

Registry

File

Other

Infrastructure Dependencies

Description

ODBC

Connection Name

Driver

Parameters

Setup.exe parameters

MSI Public Properties

use '/passive DESKTOP_SHORTCUT=false INSTALL_MAINTENANCE_SERVICE=false' to get rid of the desktop shortcut and stop the updater service.

Installation Commands

Silent Install Command

Silent Uninstall Command

Repackaging Score

MSI

Unknown

MSIX

Full Functional
The software was packaged on Windows 10 21H2 using Microsoft MSIX Packaging Tool 1.2022.330 both with and without the PSF. During the install, the maintenance service was disabled. It may be advantagious to remove this unnecessary service while in monitoring mode. Otherwise, the AppXManifest will be marked for the service capability and elevation is needed when manual installation of this package is performed by a standard user (but typically not an issue for software deployment tools) Although the package has some ini files, these are not routinely changed during production use of the software, so the FRF may not be not needed, however it was used our packaging just in case. When the PSF was included, PsfLauncher is required as is the EnvVar fixup; FRF is also recommended. Testing without the PSF also passed the 'smoke test', but we are more comfortable with the PSF in the package for production use on this app.

App-V

Full Functional
Allow VFS Writes option is recommended.

ThinApp

Unknown

Citrix App Layer

Unknown

VMWare App Volumes

Unknown

Other

Unknown

Repackaging Tips

The application uses the registry for configuration.
Disable or remove the Mozilla maintenance service to get rid of auto-updates.
Remove desktop shortcut if not desired.

It is possible to add more control by dropping a policies.json file into the Program Files(x86)/Mozilla/Thunderbird/distribution folder.
There is a setting to disable updates, but you can control extensions, forcing some to be installed and preventing others. The json below disables the updates; see Thunderbird website for details on the extensions.
{
: {"DisableAppUpdates": true
}
}

Two identical shortcuts are placed, one for all user's and one for the current user.
  • There are no FTAs or Shell Extensions
  • There is a Software Client registration for email.
  • There are internal COM servers for MAPI and maybe accessibility handler.
  • The installer does not add files to the AppData/Local or Roaming folders.
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