Thunderbird 78, Enigmail and OpenPGP secure email

Patrick Cloke patrick at
Tue Oct 8 11:50:44 UTC 2019

On 10/8/19 3:20 AM, Kai Engert wrote:

> This message is related to today's announcement on the Thunderbird blog:
> Two popular technologies exist that add support for end-to-end
> encryption and digital signatures to email. Thunderbird has been
> offering built-in support for S/MIME for many years, and will continue
> to do so.
> The Enigmail Add-on has made it possible to use Thunderbird with
> external GnuPG software for OpenPGP messaging.
> Because Thunderbird 78 will no longer support classic Add-ons, the
> current Thunderbird 68.x branch (maintained until Fall 2020) will be the
> last that can be used with Enigmail.
> As a replacement, the Thunderbird team intends to develop integrated
> OpenPGP messaging for the next major version of Thunderbird, which will
> be released in summer 2020 (likely version 78).
> We are happy that Patrick Brunschwig, who has been developing and
> maintaining the Enigmail Add-on for many years, has offered to assist
> the Thunderbird development team.
> Many details need to be considered for this initiative.
> Please have a look at the following article which describes the approach
> we'd like to take:
> If you have feedback, please post it to this list.
> This feature was originally requested in
> Kai


Awesome news! I think this is an important feature to bring to our users.

Will there be a migration path from users who are using Enigmail to
Thunderbird native PGP? I understand that not all options, etc. will
want to be supported, but having to not setup PGP again would be nice.

Looking forward to seeing this in Thunderbird!


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