Add Search Engine to Open Search

Thunderbird Thunderbird Last updated: 11/25/2018 21% of users voted this helpful

Open Search enables Thunderbird users to search various websites from within Thunderbird and display the results in a Thunderbird tab. This article describes how to add additional websites to the Open Search interface.

The example below shows how to add Google to the website list. (Note that there is a Google Search for Thunderbird add-on that you can install rather than doing the steps described below. These steps are still potentially relevant however for installing other search engines.)

  1. Locate your Thunderbird profile.
  2. Close Thunderbird.
  3. Create a directory called searchplugins if it does not already exist.
  4. Click Save the contents of the page to a file called google.xml in the searchplugins directory. (In Firefox, to save the page contents to a file, right-click on the page then select Save page as....)
  5. Remove the file search.json.mozlz4 in the profile folder. Otherwise the search engine will not appear in the list of available search engines to be selected.
  6. Open Thunderbird. The Google icon should now be displayed in the website list on the Open Search page.

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