Google Calendar in Thunderbird tabs

If you’re a Google Calendar user like myself you might want to check out this really simple add-on for Thunderbird, which should be available as an official add-on for the coming Thunderbird 3 release.

The Google Calendar Tab

As simple as it sounds, this adds the Google Calendar web interface as a new tab directly into Thunderbird.  Creating and viewing events works just as it would in a browser like Firefox. :)

Google Calendar Tab

If your calendar is setup to show popup alerts you’ll continue to see them from the calendar tab while in other, mail, tabs.

Here’s my family Pinochle game reminder alert showing.

Google Calendar Alerts

There is no official release of this extension yet, however you could grab the latest XPI, download and install it into the latest (at least rc1) Shredder release.

More Extensions

It’s easy to get started integrating a web application like Twitter, Remember the Milk, and other sites into Thunderbird.  Once you get the initial pieces you can start working on better integration into your email conversations.

If you’re interested in creating an extension similar to this one, here are a couple links you probably want to check out:

Lightning

This calendar extension only handles a single url for Google Calendar.  If you’re looking for actual calendar integration with different calendars, including google calendar, you’ll want to check out the Lightning Calendar extension which also runs inside Thunderbird tabs.

212 responses to “Google Calendar in Thunderbird tabs

  1. Terry Jenkins

    Couldn’t find your support site, so hope this is ok?
    Just added Google Calendar Tab to Thunderbird 24.3.0 around the first of Mar. and everything I needed was working fine until I updated to Thunderbird 24.4.0.. now, when viewing Google Calendar Tab, it is black and white only, no colors, and some of the box labels are missing..
    I checked the Google Calendar app directly in Chrome and it looks fine..
    Are there any settings in Thunderbird that can alter the appearance of Google Calendar Tab, or is it something that the Thunderbird update caused..
    Any suggestions appreciated..

  2. Robert

    Brilliant. Have been using Lightning and Provider for Google Calendar but this cuts out the middle-man and is quick and easy to use.

    Thanks very much.

  3. Peter Pfeiffer

    Using Google Calendar in T-Bird tabs is really a spectacular add on. I’ve been using this calendar tab in Thunderbird for a couple of years. I’ve noticed that on my 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04 installation that the calendar opens only a list version. This doesn’t occur on my 32 bit laptop with the same Ubuntu / Thunderbird versions. Any advice how to make the calendar open in a different view?

  4. itshondo

    Thanks for the Google calendar tab extension for Thunderbird.

    Only thing I’d like to see is an auto logon or the ability to store your logon credentials so that you don’t have to type it every time.

  5. Roberto

    Calendar is wonderful, but TASK does not function. Help

  6. Laines

    Hay,
    Great Jop :-).
    How can i synch the Google Calender in the Tab automaticly evry minute or x Time ?

  7. David Hope

    I love the Google Calendar Tab….until I changed my gmail account and subsequently the Calendar. My Google Calendar Tab is still yied to my old gmail address. I can’t deduce what I have to change. This is on a Xubuntu 14.04 LTS machine. ANy ideas….anyone?

  8. Rado

    Hi, first let me say thank you. I am a happy user of your add-on. Just wanted to let you know that with latest Thunderbird 31.0 your add-on looks very much broken. But perhaps you noticed already. Oh, and I know this is probably a problem with Thunderbird and its latest changes.

  9. Alan Pippin

    I love this add-on. It’s working great in the latest Thunderbird 31 as well. One small request for you to consider. Would you consider adding a preference that would allow a user to disable the popup alerts? I would appreciate the additional flexibility that would bring to your add-on for other use cases.

  10. Rysz

    For David Hope: I ran into the same problem. What I did is open the Google Calendar Tab, right there go to Logoff from Google Account, then detelete the Google Calendar add-on. Reset Thunderbird, download and install again the add-on and it will start with the Google/Gmail Account login page. Login with the Google/Gmail account you want to use and it will always start with that account. Has worked for me since….good luck!

  11. James

    The task function doesn’t work! Can someone please help me out with this?

    Other than that it’s a great add-on. Easier than lightening and provider.

  12. Chris

    As others have requested, I also really need the Task functionality :(

    Great and super useful to have the calendar in Thunderbird otherwise.

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