How To Integrate Google Calendar With Thunderbird Email Client - 2018

How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client  How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client - 2018

Thunderbird is an excellent email client and a good alternative to Microsoft Outlook email client if you are looking for a free one. Thunderbird can be used with a lot of email accounts including Gmail. If you are using Thunderbird email client and with Gmail, this this post is about how to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client.

 
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How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client:

Watch this short video tutorial how to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client:

 

To integrate Google Calendar and allow bidirectional access to Google Calendar, some add-ons need to be installed on Thunderbird, namely -
  • Lightning
    • Lightning integrates Google Calendar with Thunderbird.
  • Provider for Google Calendar
    • Provider for Google Calendar allows bidirectional access to Google Calendar. This extension allows Lightning to read and write events and tasks to a Google Calendar.
How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client  How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client - 2018

How to find and install these add-ons on Thunderbird:
  • Open Thunderbird
  • Click TOOLS > ADD-ONS
  • Click GET ADD-ONS from the left sidebar
  • Scroll down and click BROWSE ALL ADD-ONS from the right sidebar
  • Search for Lightning and click ADD TO THUNDERBIRD
  • You will get a prompt to install.
  • After install, you may be prompted to restart Thunderbird
  • Repeat the same process to find  "Provider for Google Calendar" and install it.
After the two required add-ons are installed, we can now proceed to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird.

There are two ways with which you can integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird.
  1. Using iCAL address
  2. By opting for Google Calendar from withing Thunderbird
We'll see both the options.
1. How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client using iCAL address:



  • Login to Google Account
  • Access Google calendar: www.google.com/calendar
  • Click on the SETTING icons on the top right hand side 
  • Select "You Google Account Name" from the left sidebar, which is the primary Google Calendar
  • Look for "Integrate calendar" on the left sidebar
  • In the page, scroll down and look for "Secret Address in iCAL format"
  • There should be a URL displayed for the calendar in iCAL format.
  • Copy the URL

How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client  How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client - 2018
  • Go back to Thunderbird
  • Click File > New > Calendar
  • Choose "On the network"
  • You will get options including "iCalendar". Select this
  • Paste the iCAL address copied from Google Calendar
  • Name the calendar if desired
  • Proceed to create the calendar
To see the Calendar in Thunderbird, click on EVENTS & TASKS > CALENDAR from the menu.

2. How to integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird Email client using Google Account


Thunderbird also allows adding Google Calendar directly by signin in with Google Account.
  • Open Thunderbird
  • Click File > New > Calendar
  • Choose "On the network"
  • You will get options including "Google Calendar". Select this
  • Enter the Google email address (gmail)
  • You will be prompted to signin to Google Account and confirm to provide access
  • Proceed to create the calendar
To see the Calendar in Thunderbird, click on EVENTS & TASKS > CALENDAR from the menu.


After integrating the Google Calendar with Thunderbird, you will now be able to see events created from Google Account in Thunderbird. You can also create events from Thunderbird Calendar, which will also get synced with Google Calendar.

How to remove Calendar from Thunderbird?

If you have integrated calendars with Thunderbird, you can also remove it from Thunderbird.
  • Open Thunderbird
  • Click on EVENTS & TASKS > CALENDAR from the menu
  • Find the calendar you want to remove from the left sidebar
  • Right click on the calendar name and click UNSUBSCRIBE calendar. 
  • Confirm
 The calendar should now be removed from Thunderbird.

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