Compacting folders in
Thunderbird means that all the messages you have previously deleted
from those folders are now permanently deleted
from the hard disk and cannot be retrieved again. Keep this in mind when using this
Be careful when you use the new functionality for
emptying the junk folders. It is not the same as emptying the trash folder, in the sense
that messages are deleted on purpose, whereas your spam filter may put useful (non-spam)
emails in the junk folder, so emptying this folder will cause you to lose those emails.
Xpunge has all the new junk features turned off by default to avoid accidents. Please
enable and use the junk functionality at your own risk.
Thunderbird may identify more than one folders in
an account as storing junk messages, which is why Junk as used in Xpunge,
is a generic term and does not just refer to a folder named "Junk". This means that
when you select to empty the Junk of an account in any of the Xpunge options, you instruct
Xpunge to empty all the folders of that account that are identified as junk folders.
For example, if you set up a Gmail IMAP account where the junk folder is called "Spam" and
you also change the settings of that account in Thunderbird to move new junk messages to a
folder called "Junk", both folders will be emptied if you enable
emptying the Junk for that account in Xpunge.
This is the most recent stable release of Xpunge.
If you are using the default Thunderbird theme or one with
the same icon sizes (16x16 and 24x24 pixels), please download Xpunge from
the Thunderbird Addons site.
I am not hosting this file here anymore, as there is really no need to, plus the Thunderbird Addons
site offers proper compatibility updates with each Thunderbird version that comes out.
If you are using a Thunderbird theme with different icon sizes, I am hosting here a couple of
alternative versions with slightly different icons, so you have the option to download the file
that best fits your current theme.
To install one of these versions, download the xpi file on your computer, open the
Add-ons Manager in Thunderbird ("Tools → Add-ons"), select the "Install Add-on From File..."
entry from the drop-down menu, find the xpi file you just downloaded and restart Thunderbird.
Note that if you have installed or will install Xpunge from this site instead of Thunderbird Addons,
you will not be able to automatically update Xpunge. So checking for an available update of
Xpunge from the addons page in Thunderbird will no longer report any updates. You will have to
periodically monitor this page or the Xpunge page on Thunderbird Addons yourselves to see if any
updates are available and then manually download and install the corresponding xpi file from
Thunderbird 78 came with many changes that broke the compatibility of Xpunge. This means that versions of Xpunge for Thunderbird 78 (version 2.1.0 or newer) are not compatible
with older versions of Thunderbird. So if you are still using an older version of Thunderbird, please install Xpunge 1.0.0 or older.
Support for legacy extensions like Xpunge was removed in Thunderbird 78, which means that Xpunge has to be ported to a MailExtension. As this is a complex undertaking, Xpunge 2.1.0 is an attempt to quickly get Xpunge running in Thunderbird 78 using the WindowListener wrapper API. Due to limitations imposed by MailExtensions, Xpunge can only add one button in Thunderbird. So one of the two buttons provided by Xpunge in previous versions (called "Xpunge") is not available in version 2.1.0. You can invoke the functionality that used to be offered by that button through the sub-menu called "Xpunge" under Thunderbird's "Tools" menu (Tools → Xpunge → Xpunge → Call Xpunge Now). The "MultiXpunge" button is still available.
The options (preferences) page of Xpunge is now available through the "Tools → Add-on Options → Xpunge" menu entry.
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xpunge-2.1.0-16_24.xpi (@ Thunderbird Addons) : Tested on Linux, with icon sizes of 24x24 (large) and 16x16 (small) pixels. Download this version if you are using the default Thunderbird theme on Linux or MS Windows.
xpunge-2.1.0-20_30.xpi : Tested on Linux, with icon sizes of 30x30 (large) and 20x20 (small) pixels.
xpunge-2.1.0-24_32.xpi : Tested on Linux, with icon sizes of 32x32 (large) and 24x24 (small) pixels. Download this version if you are using the default Thunderbird theme on Mac OSX.