mailTabs

The mailTabs API first appeared in Thunderbird 66 (see bug 1499617).

The Filter and Layout sample extensions use this API.

Functions

query(queryInfo)

Gets all mail tabs that have the specified properties, or all mail tabs if no properties are specified.

Parameters
queryInfo
(object)
[active]
(boolean)
Whether the tabs are active in their windows.
[currentWindow]
(boolean)
Whether the tabs are in the current window.
[lastFocusedWindow]
(boolean)
Whether the tabs are in the last focused window.
[windowId]
(integer)
The ID of the parent window, or WINDOW_ID_CURRENT for the current window.
Return type (Promise)
array of MailTab

update([tabId], updateProperties)

Modifies the properties of a mail tab. Properties that are not specified in updateProperties are not modified.

Parameters
[tabId]
(integer)
Defaults to the active tab of the current window.
updateProperties
(object)
[displayedFolder]
Sets the folder displayed in the tab. The messagesRead permission is required to do this.
[folderPaneVisible]
(boolean)
Shows or hides the folder pane.
[layout]
(string)

Sets the arrangement of the folder pane, message list pane, and message display pane. Note that setting this applies it to all mail tabs.

Supported values:

standard
wide
vertical
[messagePaneVisible]
(boolean)
Shows or hides the message display pane.
[sortOrder]
(string)

Sorts the list of messages. sortType must also be given.

Supported values:

none
ascending
descending
[sortType]
(string)

Sorts the list of messages. sortOrder must also be given.

Supported values:

none
date
subject
author
id
thread
priority
status
size
flagged
unread
recipient
location
tags
junkStatus
attachments
account
custom
received
correspondent

getSelectedMessages([tabId])

Lists the selected messages in the current folder.

Parameters
[tabId]
(integer)
Defaults to the active tab of the current window.
Return type (Promise)
Required permissions
  • messagesRead

setQuickFilter([tabId], properties)

Sets the Quick Filter user interface based on the options specified.

Parameters
[tabId]
(integer)
Defaults to the active tab of the current window.
properties
(object)
[attachment]
(boolean)
Shows only messages with attachments.
[contact]
(boolean)
Shows only messages from people in the address book.
[flagged]
(boolean)
Shows only flagged messages.
[show]
(boolean)
Shows or hides the Quick Filter bar.
[starred]
(boolean) Deprecated.
Use flagged instead.
[tags]
(boolean or QuickFilterTagsDetail)
Shows only messages with tags on them.
Shows only messages matching the supplied text.
[unread]
(boolean)
Shows only unread messages.

Events

onDisplayedFolderChanged()

Fired when the displayed folder changes in any mail tab.

Required permissions
  • accountsRead

onSelectedMessagesChanged()

Fired when the selected messages change in any mail tab.

Required permissions
  • messagesRead

Types

MailTab

object
active
(boolean)
displayedFolder
The accountsRead permission is required.
folderPaneVisible
(boolean)
id
(integer)
layout
(string)

Supported values:

standard
wide
vertical
messagePaneVisible
(boolean)
sortOrder
(string)

Supported values:

none
ascending
descending
sortType
(string)

Supported values:

none
date
subject
author
id
thread
priority
status
size
flagged
unread
recipient
location
tags
junkStatus
attachments
account
custom
received
correspondent
windowId
(integer)

QuickFilterTagsDetail

object
mode
(string)

Whether all of the tag filters must apply, or any of them.

Supported values:

all
any
tags
(object)
Object keys are tags to filter on, values are true if the message must have the tag, or false if it must not have the tag. For a list of available tags, call the listTags() method.

QuickFilterTextDetail

object
text
(string)
String to match against the recipients, author, subject, or body.
[author]
(boolean)
Shows messages where text matches the author.
[body]
(boolean)
Shows messages where text matches the message body.
[recipients]
(boolean)
Shows messages where text matches the recipients.
[sender]
(boolean) Deprecated.
Use author instead.
[subject]
(boolean)
Shows messages where text matches the subject.