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I wish to recover lost a SMTP password, but can't find a recent answer for this question. If it is stored in an sqlite file, observation shows the /home/$USER/.thunderbird/*.default/*.sqlite files are mostly encrypted, so in that case, also looking for some insight into the encryption used, and the location of the key needed.

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There are two locations generally used; please note the {profile name} aka $USER is a random string. and most locations will be a hidden folder, which you can see in your Nautilus file manager with Ctrl-H

/home/$USER/.thunderbird//
/home/$USER/.mozilla-thunderbird/

However, I don't know where the SMTP password would be stored.

Edit > Preferences > Security > Passwords > Saved Passwords is normally the command sequence to find the password with most Linus DEs; Options > Security > Passwords > Saved Passwords > Show Passwords is the sequence for Windows.

  • i'm using thunderbird 52.9.1 (64-bit), those GUI windows you refered to in linux doesn't exist at least on ubuntu, there isn't edit, but there is humburger button > preferences>security, but there isn't any reference to password. – Error Sep 7 '18 at 9:13
  • Ctrl-H is a Nautilus command; Nautilus is the GUI file manager for your version of Ubuntu. – K7AAY Sep 7 '18 at 17:06

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