Configure Mozilla Thunderbird to Use LDAP

This section provides a tutorial example on how to configure and use LDAP server to provide email addresses in Mozilla Thunderbird.

If you are using Mozilla Thunderbird to send and receive emails, you can configure it to retrieve email addresses and contact information from a LDAP server.

Thunderbird can support multiple LDAP servers at 2 levels: global level and account level.

1. Configure LDAP server at the global level:

1.1. Click menu and go to "Preferences > Composition". The email composition preferences are listed.

1.2. Scroll down to the "Addressing" section and make changes to the following preferences:

[x] Local Address Books
[x] Directory Server: ....
[x] Automatically add outgoing email addresses to my:

1.3. Click "Edit Directories..." button at the end of the "Directory Server" line. LDAP directory servers are listed.

1.4. Click "Add" to add a new LDAP server:

Name: Herong's LDAP
Hostname: ldap.herongyang.com
Base DN: dc=herongyang,dc=com
Port: 389
Bind DN:
[ ] Use secure connection (SSL)

1.5. Click OK to save the new LDAP server.

1.6. Select "Herong's LDAP" in the "Directory Server" field on the preferences window.

LDAP - Global Configuration in Mozilla Thunderbird
LDAP - Global Configuration in Mozilla Thunderbird

2. Configure LDAP server at the account level:

2.1. Select the email account and click "Account Settings". Settings for the selected account are listed.

2.2. Click to open the "Composition & Addressing" section.

2.3. Change the "Addressing" setting to:

When looking up addresses:
  [x] Use my global LDAP serer preferences for this account

2.4. Or Change it to:

When looking up addresses:
  [x] Use a different LDAP server...
LDAP - Account Level Setting in Mozilla Thunderbird
LDAP - Account Level Setting in Mozilla Thunderbird

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 Use OpenLDAP Client Tools

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 Hierarchical Structure of LDAP Entries

 Install OpenLDAP Server on CentOS 8

Configure Mozilla Thunderbird to Use LDAP

 LDAP Attributes Mapping in Mozilla Thunderbird

 Configure Apple iPhone to Use LDAP

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