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?

  • well, actully this is why i like gmail..
    – Jokester
    Sep 20, 2011 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, 2011 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.

  • Can you give more details on what you call "Contact Sync"? What is it?
    – Peltier
    Sep 20, 2011 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. Sep 21, 2011 at 11:08
  • Thanks for your answers! I've decided to try SyncKolab for now (addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/sync-kolab)
    – Peltier
    Sep 21, 2011 at 12:30

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