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Configuring Thunderbird in the SCS Environment

Providing Your Account Information

When starting up without any settings, Thunderbird will first ask you for three pieces of information:

  • Your Name (this is how your name will appear on outgoing messages)
  • Email address (this is the address you give to others so they can send you mail)
  • Password (this is your SCS mail instance password)

If you like, you may have Thunderbird remember your password for you by checking Remember Password. This is convenient, but less secure; if you are using a machine that you share with other people, you should uncheck this box.

Once you have filled in the requested information, click "continue."

Automatic Configuration

Thunderbird should automatically configure itself for use with the SCS mail environment; click "Create Account" to continue.

If Thunderbird is able to automatically configure itself for your account, there is no need for manual configuration.

Manual Configuration

If Thunderbird cannot automatically retrieve the correct settings for your account, Thunderbird will need to be configured from scratch. Click on "Manual Config" and configure Thunderbird as follows.

Server Settings

Thunderbird will now show server settings for Incoming and Outgoing servers. These settings should configured as follows:

Thunderbird Settings for the SCS mail environment
TypeServer hostnamePortSSLAuthentication
IncomingIMAPimap.srv.cs.cmu.edu143STARTTLSNormal Password
OutgoingSMTPsmtp.srv.cs.cmu.edu587STARTTLSNormal Password

Like this:

Thunderbird should automatically fill in the Username field with your username.

Once all of the settings in dialog box match the settings listed above, click the "Create Account" button.

Setting Thunderbird as the Default Client

Thunderbird may ask you if you would like to set Thunderbird to be your computer's default client for mail, news, and RSS feeds.

This will configure your system to open mail links automatically in Thunderbird. Unless you would rather keep another mailer as your default, it is okay to accept the defaults.

Once you have made your selection, click the "OK" button.

Next Steps

Thunderbird is now configured. You can now start using Thunderbird to read and send mail.

For more information on how to use Thunderbird, the Mozilla Foundation provides extensive documentation and community-powered support to answer questions.

We're also happy to help; if you have any questions about how to use Thunderbird, please contact us at the SCS Helpdesk:

  • By phone: x8-4231
  • By email:
  • In person: GHC 4201