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How to Recover Thunderbird Password with Ease

How do I retrieve the stored password from Thunderbird? Sometimes email account information, such as the username and password, need to be retrieved. A user may want to configure the email account on another computer, a mobile device like a smartphone or access the web-based email directly.

In this tutorial we'll explain where does Thunderbird store email passwords, and guide you through the steps to recover Thunderbird password, if the password for your email account is saved and you can't remember it.

Where Does Thunderbird Store Passwords?

ThunderBird stores all remembered email settings along with password into the SQLite database file 'signons.sqlite' in its profile location. The default profile location for different platforms is as follows:

[Windows XP]

C:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<random_name>.default

[Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista]


Recover Thunderbird Password from Local Hard Drive

Lost or forgot the email passwords stored in Thunderbird? With a password recovery program you can decrypt Thunderbird passwords quickly and easily!

  1. Download and install the Firefox Password Recovery program.
  2. Run Firefox Password Recovery, then click the Start Recovery button. It will bring up a drop-down menu that displays 5 recovery options: Recover Firefox Password, Reset Firefox Master Password, Recover Thunderbird Password, Recover SeaMonkey Password and Recover Flock Password.

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  3. Select the Recover Thunderbird Password option.
  4. The program will automatically find Thunderbird profile on the local computer and retrieve email account passwords from Thunderbird in no time.

Retrieve Thunderbird Password from External Hard Drive

How to recover Thunderbird password from a crashed or unbootable computer? Just take your hard drive out of your computer, and insert it into another working computer and set it as a slave drive. You'll then be able to extract email passwords from Thunderbird profile by following these steps:

  1. Run Firefox Password Recovery, then click the Recover From File button. It will bring up a new window for you to decrypt the saved passwords from Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey or Flock profile.
  2. Click on the Browse button to choose the directory of your Thunderbird profile.

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  3. Click OK. All email account passwords that are stored in Thunderbird will be displayed immediately.

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