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I've discovered Firefox Sync a while ago, and it's absolutely awesome. Now of course I'd like most of my software to work this way! So is there a way to get the same behavior with Thunderbird?

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well, actully this is why i like gmail.. – Jokester Sep 20 '11 at 1:38
@jokester: gmail is an attractive option, but you have absolutely no control over it. I prefer to keep the option to switch to another provider if I stop liking what google does with my email. – Peltier Sep 20 '11 at 7:23
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There are a couple of options I have used:

  • Google Sync which syncs your contacts to Google.
  • Contact sync like Addressbooks Synchronizer software which uploads your contacts to a server. (I used an IMAP folder.)

Other options:

  • Export contacts and load them into LDAP.
  • Use Zindus to sync contacts. (Same idea as the second option above.)
  • Other similar sync options. Search addons for sync.

EDIT: Contact sync software maintains a copy of your contacts somewhere and synchronizes your contacts to the that copy. The cycle is usually something like:

  • Download synchronization copy from server.
  • Update local copy with changes.
  • Generate new synchronization copy and upload to server.

I am currently using gContactSync to sync my contacts.

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Can you give more details on what you call "Contact Sync"? What is it? – Peltier Sep 20 '11 at 9:45
It synchronizes the contents of your Thunderbird Address Book with an external database in the cloud. This way if you need remote access to your contacts, you can do so. – Anthony Giorgio Sep 21 '11 at 11:08
Thanks for your answers! I've decided to try SyncKolab for now ( – Peltier Sep 21 '11 at 12:30

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