How to Sync a Google Calendar to Thunderbirdby Jason Spidle
Mozilla Thunderbird is an open source email client that competes with Microsoft Outlook. The client includes all the features you would expect from a full-featured productivity suite, including a calendar application with support for syncing to online calendars like Google Calendar. Utilizing the Lightning extension for Mozilla Thunderbird, users can easily enable two-way sync between Thunderbird and Google Calendar. The sync utilizes Google Calendar's CalDAV protocol to keep appointments up-to-date between the desktop client and the online interface.
Install Lightning Extension
Select "Tools," then "Add-ons."
Click "Get Add-ons."
Search for "Lightning."
Click "Add to Thunderbird" to install the extension and then restart Thunderbird.
Sync Google Calendar to Thunderbird
Select "File," and "New," then "Calendar."
Select "On the Network" and click "Next."
Enter your Google Calendar CalDAV address in the location field and then click "Next." The Google Calendar CalDAV address for your default calendar uses the following naming convention: https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/[ your Google Calendar user name ]/events
Personalize the name and color of your calendar and then click "Next."
Click "Finish" to complete the sync process.
- check To determine the CalDAV address of non-default Google Calendars, click on "Settings" from the Google Calendar interface and then select the "Calendars" tab. Click the calendar for which you need the CalDAV address and the ID will be listed in the "Calendar Address" section.
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