Opened 3 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#21783 closed defect (wontfix)

TorBirdy doesn't work with GMail (because it blocks the JavaScript required by OAuth?)

Reported by: sajolida Owned by: sukhbir
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/TorBirdy Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
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From the tests I did on for the integration of TorBirdy in Tails, I understand that it's impossible to configure a GMail account in TorBirdy because TorBirdy blocks the JavaScript needed for OAuth to work.

I'm not questioning the fact that TorBirdy blocks HTML and JavaScript while dealing with emails but would it be possible to have it handle that to make it possible to connect to GMail.

I'm not very fond of GMail myself, it's not friendly to Tor, and cannot provide anonymity but it might still be an option in some scenarios (for example, if you are a journalists working on her own name but travelling to a place where you only want to carry Tails around).

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comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by cypherpunks

Have you tried to set an App password for Thunderbird on Gmail?

When you sign up for 2-Step Verification, we normally send you verification codes.
However, these codes do not work with some apps and devices, like Outlook. Instead,
you’ll need to authorize the app or device the first time you use it to sign in to
your Google Account by generating and entering an App password.

  1. Visit your App passwords page. You may be asked to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. At the bottom, click Select app and choose the app you’re using.
  3. Click Select device and choose the device you’re using.
  4. Select Generate.
  5. Follow the instructions to enter the App password (the 16 character code in the yellow bar) on your device.
  6. Select Done.


It definitely works using an app password to log in (as long as Gmail doesn't block Tor Exit Relays for your account)

Last edited 3 years ago by cypherpunks (previous) (diff)

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by sukhbir

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I think we dropped support for Gmail a while back because none of the solutions for Gmail over Tor work anymore for all users (even after giving a phone number to Google), so closing this ticket.

I wish we could support Gmail for the reasons sajolida mentioned but the problem is that even if we fix the JavaScript issue (by enabling it when a Gmail account is being configured and disabling it afterwards), it still doesn't help solve the problems users have with Gmail over Tor.

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