Information Services Division


Add your account/log in to Thunderbird with add-on pack

You can set-up Thunderbird with add-on pack to connect to the live @ UCL service.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff

Before you start...

  1. Connecting your UCL email with Thunderbird using EWS protocol
  2. Setting up your Exchange Calendar

Testing specification:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Thunderbird 24.4.0 (for Linux)
  • ExQuilla for Microsoft Exchange 24.6 (Add-On)
  • Lightning 2.4.6 (Add-On)
  • Calendar EWS Provider 3.2.0 Beta52 (Add-On)

IMPORTANT: This instruction guide has been created as a reference for anyone that uses Thunderbird on Linux machines and wishes to also access their UCL Global Address List (GAL) and Calendar using the EWS protocol. Please note that these features are NOT currently supported by the ISD IT Services and any user having technical issues whilst following this guide are expected to use third party services and forums for guidance.

Connecting Thunderbird using EWS will allow you to access the UCL Global Address List and UCL exchange calendar. You will need to have the following add-on’s installed in Thunderbird before setting up your UCL email account.

  1. ExQuilla for Microsoft Exchange (available from Thunderbird Add-Ons library)
  2. Lightning Calendar (available from Thunderbird Add-Ons library)
  3. Calendar EWS Provider (available from Treenine)

Note: Should the links not work, please notify the ISD IT Services and we will update this where appropriate.


Connecting Thunderbird IMAP for Linux

1. Open Thunderbird and click on ExQuilla which is located under the Create a new account: section on the home screen.


Fig 1.  Location of ExQuilla
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2. The Identity window will appear asking you to enter your Email address and Password.

Email address: Your userID@ucl.ac.uk
Password: Your UCL password

Enter the necessary details and click Next.


Fig 2. The Identity window
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3. Now click on the do auto-discover button so that Thunderbird can automatically locate your account from the Microsoft exchange server.


Fig 3. Location of the do auto-discover button
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4. You should now get two green indicators suggesting Thunderbird has successfully located your account and filled in the required fields for you. Click Next.


Fig 4. Illustration of the two green indicators
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5. Check that your account details are correct and click Finish.


Fig 5. Summary of details
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6. You have now successfully set up your UCL email account on Thunderbird using EWS protocol.


Fig 6. Example of successful set up
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Setting up your Exchange Calendar

To set up your UCL calendar using Thunderbird:

1. Select the File menu and then select New > Calendar…


Fig 7. Location of the Calendar option
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2. Now select On the Network option and click Next.


Fig 8. Location of the on the network option
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3. Select Microsoft Exchange 2007/2010/2013 and click Next.


Fig 9. Location of the Microsoft Exchange option
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4. Type in a name for your UCL calendar e.g. UCL calendar. Click Next.


Fig 10. Illustrating entering a name for the calendar
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5. Check the Use Exchange’s autodiscovery function check box and then click the Perform autodiscovery button.


Fig 11. Location of the autodiscover options
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6. You will be prompted to enter your account password before Thunderbird attempts to find your calendar. Enter your UCL email password and then click OK.


Fig 12. Password box
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7. Your EWS server location should be https://outlook.office365.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx. Check that this is correct and click Select.


Fig 13. EWS server location box
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8. Click Next again to confirm the details are correct and create the calendar.


Fig 14. The Next button on the Create New Calendar window
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9. Your calendar should now have successfully created your calendar. Click Finish.


Fig 15. Confirmation window
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10. To open your calendar, select Events and Tasks from the menu bar and select Calendar.


Fig 16. Illustrating how to open the calendar
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11. You should now see your UCL Calendar in Thunderbird.


Fig 17. Example of the Calendar being displayed in Thunderbird with add-on pack.
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