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So long ThunderBrowse!

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Hey everyone.

It’s been years since my last update. I used to develop ThunderBrowse in my spare time when I was in middle/high school, which seems like forever ago. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I’m officially ending the project. Unfortunately, I no longer use Thunderbird, which lead to waning development a few years back before ceasing completely.

The website still goes on, and will likely stay for maybe another year or so. If you still use ThunderBrowse and it works well enough for you, you can continue using it, but be aware there are no new updates, and if something breaks with a newer version of Thunderbird, I won’t fix it. I’ll admit the code is fairly basic, and doesn’t hold up well (I was young and made a lot of mistakes, ha), so the likeliness of something breaking is fairly high.

I really appreciate everyone’s support and help over the years, especially when I needed it most. Thanks to everyone who pointed out bugs and helped contribute to the project. Additional thanks to the folks over at Babelzilla for their help with translations as well. I’d also like to thank the AMO moderators for helping along as well as awarding ThunderBrowse with an editor’s choice placement. Cheers to anyone who helped out with code or submitted potential fixes, really appreciate that. This thank you also extends to anyone else I forgot (I know there are likely many).

This statement officially ends support for ThunderBrowse (even though it has been years). Ads will be turned off, and donations will be rejected. The start page will redirect to if you still use the TB start page. I’d fix the entry on AMO but I don’t have a way of getting into my account.

Thank you all for using ThunderBrowse.



Saturday, April 16th, 2011

It’s official! ThunderBrowse has gotten over one million downloads! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Thanks to all of you who have downloaded, supported, donated to, wrote about and continue to use ThunderBrowse, you are all winners!

Update on ThunderBrowse 3.3

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

ThunderBrowse 3.3 is going to be the compatibility version that I mentioned in my last post. 3.3 doesn’t have anything too substantial (actually, that’s a lie but a lot of the things I wanted to add ended up getting scrapped because Thunderbird kept working against me).

But one of the biggest things that has changed is….

That’s right! If you couldn’t tell from that fairly obvious screenshot to the right, ThunderBrowse now has support for Spicebird. You’ll see this in version 3.3! Get ready!

In addition, here all the other things that I can remember that has changed (basically what I worked on today):

  • TB2 Tabs with Thunderbird 3 versions now work again. The issue stems to a problem with Mozilla removing the close button widget from the tabs element. This has been fixed.
  • Several code stalls have been repaired
  • Support for RESET form buttons
  • Improvements in form handling (specifically radio buttons and checkboxes)
  • Small style changes
  • A few fixes in external browser launching (this should fix any problems you had before [as it worked in my tests])
  • Fixed favicon issues with TB3Tabs
  • Several main window style issues
  • Settings window height has been increased so the buttons will still be visible when selecting different tab styles
  • Improvement of charset rendering (your mileage may vary here)
  • Argentinean Spanish Support (es-AR) by KNTRO
  • Spicebird support (it’s missing a few small things [specifically, the toolbar buttons and the bookmark menu placement is off])
  • Various loading Iimprovements (Pages load faster now)
  • More form event fixes (Specifically the enter key)
  • Javascript code loads correctly
  • ThunderBrowse uses less memory
  • Seriously, way faster page loading
  • Better expression checking
  • Removed unnecessary object conversions

There may or may not be more changes other than these, my repository history doesn’t go back far enough to check to see if there is anything else.

Updates and

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Alright, so here’s what’s changed since my last posting:

  • has FINALLY been released on AMO.
  • I’m uploading to AMO right now. It has support for upto RC1. Also fixes a visual bug in the wizard and a bug where uninitialized objects will halt link loading.
  • The tabs build has been updated with the fixes from
  • IMPORTANT: The Summer of Funding thanks page will now just be a mention to the group as a whole. The reason for this change is because some people might not want to be mentioned (for various reasons) and it’s really hard to keep track. If you do want to be listed by name and you did donate during the Summer Of Funding, please email me (general[at]

In other news, we were also mentioned in the PC Magazine review for Thunderbird 3. Awesome!

That’s pretty much about it.


Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

This blog post isn’t so much about ThunderBrowse as it is about me. But first, let’s get a few things out of the way.

  1. We now have a license to Postbox. This will make it easier to keep track of Postbox updates and remain compatibility.
  2. Some new donations have come in. If you donated recently, thank you very much. I’m sorry I haven’t had the time to write back to all of you (as I normally do).
  3. Tabs build is a bit halted right now. I’m not sure if I want to release it as 3.2.7 because of the number of hacks involved. I’m thinking of getting it reviewed by someone at Mozilla and see what they think.
  4. I’ve yet to make the thank you page to the Summer of Funding donors. I’ll get to it. There is a reason behind this.

It kinda sounds like I’m slacking here, but I want to let you know that I’ve been sick for most of the month with the flu. Now I have “Super Flu” (or the Swine Flu). Let me tell you, this flu is a pain in the neck. Literally.

This is why ThunderBrowse hasn’t had any updates for awhile. Sorry. Hope that I get better soon.