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How to Convert ICS to VCS

by Kirk Bennet

ICS files contain iCalendar, or iCal, calendar data. iCal is an application developed by Apple for the Mac OS X operating system. VCS files are files created by vCalendar, or vCal, to store and share events and schedules with your friends and coworkers. Both ICS and VCS contain calendar data, but converting from ICS to VCS is not as easy as you think. You can use Outlook to import the ICS file in the Calendars folder and then export it as a fully functional VCS file or you can use an online conversion tool.

Using Outlook to Convert ICS to VCS

Step 1

Double-click the Outlook icon on your desktop or click the Outlook icon in the Start menu to open the software.

Step 2

Go to the "File" menu and click on the "Import and Export" option. Select to "Import an iCalendar or vCalendar file (.vcs)" from the resulting list and click Next.

Step 3

Select "iCalendar Format" in the "Files of type" drop-down box and use the file browser to locate and highlight the ICS file. Click "OK" and the ICS calendar file will be imported to Outlook's Calendars folder.

Step 4

Go to the "File" menu and click on the "Import and Export" option. Select the "Export to a file" option and click "Next."

Step 5

Select "vCalendar file (*.vcs)" " in the "File type" drop-down box and click "Next." Select the ICS file you just imported from the Calendars folder and click "Next."

Click on the "Browse" button to select a location where to save the new VCS file. Enter a name for your CVS file and click on the "Next" button to create it. You now have a fully functional vCalendar file created from the original iCalendar file.

Using Ical2vcal to Convert ICS to VCS

Step 1

Open your favorite Web browser and navigate to "graphics.tudelft.nl/~cpbotha/cgi-bin/ical2vcal.cgi." You will use this tool to convert the ICS file to a VCS file automatically.

Step 2

Click on the "Browse" button and use the resulting file browser to find and highlight the ICS file. Click on the "Open" button. The path to the ICS file will appear in the "File name" text box.

Click on the "Convert to VCAL" button to start converting the ICS file. A download window will appear. Select a location where to save the new VCS file and click on "Save" to save it.

Items you will need

  • Outlook 2003 or newer

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