Using the latest TBird with Random Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works perfectly IF: You install as directed and THEN you open your accounts from Tbird Tools, then check the box signature from file, and point it at the sig.txt file you created in Random.

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Best solution found Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Allows just enough customization for signature placement to be ideal. Handles randomized information for which signature to use out of a very large list quite well.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Works well :-)
But, the % separator line in the fortune cookie file format should really be documented on a prominent location in the options. This might be obvious for the old unix guys, but maybe isn't nowadays...

Not sure if it works... Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I used to use Tagzilla but development of the add-on has stopped and technically wasn't compatible with Thunderbird past version 8 however worked fine until v24. Tagizilla would randomly pick a Quote from a file that now contains over 2000 quotes. I do not want to have each of these as a single file -- meaning what is now in one file in over 2000 separate files.

Thank you for considering random(signature). There is no need to have a separate file for each quote. random(signature) also supports them being in one single file. This file has to be in the fortune cookie format (as used by the fortune(6) program) where each quote is separated by a line that only contains a '%'.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

but how do i contact you?

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Works OK, but... Rated 3 out of 5 stars

It works OK but it doesn't support rich text ou HTML. Also, it writes the signature in grey only, preceded with a double dash and we don't have control on those 2 things. Instructions would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your message. random(signature) uses the default signature facilities of Thunderbird. The default behaviour of Thunderbird is to put a double dash above the signature and to display it in grey. I don't know if it even possible to change that and it is also not in the scope of this extension.

For this you may consider using the Signature Switch extension at

New Problem with German umlauts Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It seems that random signature cannot work with German umlauts (ä, ö, ü). Since a couple of weeks the signature is cut before those characters. Therefore, it does not fully work for me.
EDIT: Works again after encoding as UTF-8 like mentioned by the developer. Great Job!

Thanks for your review. Please encode your signature files as UTF8, then the umlauts will be displayed correctly.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

After a bit of effort figuring out how to get this to work I got the signature to randomize. However, there are always some funky caracters at the beginning of the signature (example: ). Anybody know how to stop this? Once I get this resolved I would rate 5 stars. Thunderbird 10.0.11 on Linux. Thanks

These funky characters look like a BOM signature. This may result from converting the file(s) to UTF-8. There should be an option to disable this BOM signature in your editor or converting program.

Great extension -- keep up to date! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was having the problem James Nigh cites in his 12/21/12 review, but I resolved it by updating Thunderbird. Now this great extension is working again, spewing random wisdom just exactly like I want it to.

thx Rated 5 out of 5 stars

thx after i had convert my file it's works fine
thx a lot of

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signature marche plus depuis la màj Rated 5 out of 5 stars

comme vous l'indiquez, j'ai converti le fichier fortunecookie en utf 8 (l'ouvrir dans le bloc notes, on peut changer l'encodage en bas) et ça marche de nouveau.
Merci pour cette super extension

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1.6.1 works fine Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have changed the signature-file to UTF-8 and it works perfectly.

Thank you!

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v. 1.6 not perfect yet Rated 5 out of 5 stars

after using v. 1.5 with satisfaction, i now installed v. 1.6
but my citations - which worked perfectly with r(s) v. 1.5 - with v. 1.6 sometimes remain truncated. i think that it has something to do with r(s) because everything on my side remained unchanged (folder for citations, filenames, etc.)
any idea?
with many thanks

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6). 

I had to change the required default encoding for the fortune cookie files to be UTF-8. Please convert your fortune file cookies to UTF-8 in order to prevent the resulting signature from being truncated.

Problem tb 17.0 Rated 4 out of 5 stars

After upgrading from version 16 to version 17 the extension stopped working?
Some incompatibility with this version? How can I solve the problem occurred?

translated by google

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5). 

That's right. I noticed it as well. The signature file doesn't get updated. I will update the extension as soon as possible.

How to make in work from Linux? Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I want a random singature file to be located on Samba network. How do I access it from Linux (Ubuntu)?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Doesnt work any more with TB 9.0 :-(

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Does not work with Thunderbird Portable Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Does not appear to work with Thunderbird Portable. Path to signature file uses drive letter which of course changes every time you insert thumbdrive into different systems. Using different random sig for each email would be much better than rotation by time. Thanks to the jnridlinghafer for instructions. I would never have gotten this installed without these instructions. One step is missing though. Have to go into Account Settings and check the "Attach the signature from a file instead".

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Coole Erweiterung.
Ich habe aber leider ein Problem mit Umlauten (ä,ö,ü,ß). Gibt es da Tipps oder Lösungen?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have just upgraded to TB5.0, works perfectly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5). 

Step by Step Instructions Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Its simple:Create a simple text (notepad works perfect) document with a quotation, or your favorite sayings or whatever, with each of them separated by a blank line with only a percentage character % such as the following line
then save it with the name "random_sig.txt" (or whatever you like. This is going to go where it asks you for the "fortune cookie" file later on.

Now create another text document, and this one will have your normal signature in it such as your name, phone, cell, email, physical address, etcl or any other information you want in your normal signature.
Save it with a name such as "my_signature.txt" (or whatever name you want, this will be the "signature file" asked for later on in the options menu

NOW - Go into your mail client and at the top Menu under Tools click on Add-Ons
Scroll down until you find "Random Signature" and click the "Options" button
Select the Fortune Cookie "Choose" button and select the file we named "random_sig.txt"
Click OK
Now scroll down to where it is asking for the "signature file" and select "choose" and find your file we named "signature_file.txt" and select OK

That is all you need to do. You can change the frequency it updates the random signature file in case you have it automatically changing or something otherwise just leave it at the 30 second default which should be fine.You can ignore the prefix and suffix or play around with them by adding text to each and see how it changes your signature.

I Hope this helps a little
--Jarrett Ridlinghafer

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.4).