Learn how to quickly and easily integrate Skype into Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. Click on names or numbers in Thunderbird to make calls
  2. Telify
  3. TBDialOut

Click on names or numbers in Thunderbird to make calls

The concept of Unified Communications aims to keep your contacts within reach, wherever you are. It’s helpful to click on a contact’s name or personal information in an email message to initiate a call without having to launch a softphone. This can be achieved by integrating a VoIP softphone service such as Skype into the Thunderbird email client.

Make Skype calls from Thunderbird

Your computer uses a protocol handler to control how things are done — how calls are made or how data is transferred, for example — over the Internet. Each application works with a protocol represented by a prefix such as: http: for web pages sip: for the session initiation protocol and To Skype: for Skype calls. The integration application identifies phone numbers in email messages and elsewhere, and uses a protocol handler to match the number with the corresponding identifier in the service. As a result, one click causes the calling application to call the contact.

Here are a few Mozilla add-ons for making Skype calls by clicking Contacts in Thunderbird. There aren’t many. Of the few out there, these two are the most modern. They have continuous support and deliver goods satisfactorily.


The Telify add-on works in both Thunderbird and Firefox, meaning you can use it to click on numbers and contact details in emails and web pages. Telify identifies numbers and presents a context-sensitive drop-down menu that allows the user to select which service to call from. It works with various Skype and various SIP clients, Netmeeting and a number of third party VoIP clients.


The TBDialOut add-on adds toolbar buttons and provides context-sensitive menu items and clickable links for phone numbers. It also links directly to your Thunderbird address book. TBDialOut works exclusively with Thunderbird, so it’s well integrated. However, TBDialOut has not been updated since 2012, so it may not be compatible with the latest version of Thunderbird.

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