Export Thunderbird Address Book to Gmail

Export Thunderbird to GmailI’ve always had a bit of a hybrid setup for email, and I suspect you’re the same. Various legacy email accounts from defunct or abandoned ISPs and old jobs you rarely check but don’t want to abandon just in case that big offer finally comes through. You might have an old mail client, such as Pegasus, on one machine, with a vast archive of ancient emails and unsent drafts. Perhaps, you’ve got Thunderbird installed, again with a burgeoning archive of bloated emails and attachments.

Anyway, the way forward as I may have mentioned before, is GMail. Have all your legacy accounts feed directly into a single GMail account, that way you get instant, powerful spam filtering and there is no need to worry about missing that big email when it arrives.

But, what about the vast repository of addresses you’ve accumulated in Thunderbird? Is there a way to export Thunderbird address book to Gmail so that you can start working more efficiently and effectively with the cloud instead of legacy programs limited to a single machine?

Well, as you’d expect there is a FAQ on using Gmail with Thunderbird on the Mozilla site. the FAQ explains all the settings for POP, IMAP, SMTP etc. but does not directly address (pardon the pun) this posts aim. Thankfully, there is a simple plugin, add-on, extension from Zindus that allows you to sync your Thunderbird addresses with GMail.

Of course, in this age of Web 2.0, there are so many social media and social bookmarking and sharing sites that can work with contact lists and address books from applications such as GMail and Skype for instance, that exporting your main contacts from Thunderbird to GMail really could open up a whole new set of possibilities that were not available with a standalone email client.

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.