Is there a way to preview Youtube videos in Mozilla Thunderbird when you receive a Youtube link via email?

More specifically, this is what I'm after (ordered by decreasing preference):

  • see the video embedded directly in the email, as it happens in Gmail Labs' "Youtube preview"
  • see a picture preview, as it happens when you embed a video in a web page before clicking on it
  • finally, at the very least, show the title of the video somewhere, e.g. on mouse hover

Are there any extensions to do that?

(Solutions for either Thunderbird 2.0 or 3.0 are ok).


From New in Thunderbird 3

Video content can now be played in Thunderbird. To play a video embedded in an email, access controls from the right-click context menu. (The controls are not automatically enabled because JavaScript is disabled in emails for security reasons.) Video content in RSS feeds will display the controls as expected.

I haven't tried it, but you will probably need to enable JavaScript, which is somewhat of a security risk.

Also, as far as my understanding goes, this refers to embedded video, and not to simple links to video.

  • interesting, I'll try this out; I'm currently running version 2.0 at work but installing version 3.0 shouldn't be a problem – UncleZeiv Sep 23 '10 at 15:28

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