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.


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


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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