While upgrading my thunderbird email software tonight I came across a great addon to allow me to integrate my Thumderbird with my Gmail calendar that I thought I would share.
Firstly, I love thunderbird and but one of the main features I was missing was linking it up to a calendar. Having been using Outlook for the past few years I became spoilt with an Exchange email account and was looking for ways to make my schedule more streamline.
Firstly, you will need to do three things and I am assuming you already have a Gmail account up and running:
1) Install or upgrade to Thunderbirds latest version (links at the bottom)
2) Download the Lightening calendar addon
3) Download the Provider for Google Calendar addon
Open up thunderbird and go to Tools – Addons – Install when prompted navigate to the lightening and then the Google files (ending in the xpi extension). Restart Thunderbird.
Go to your Gmail account, sign in and click on the calendar option. Click on the calendar settings and go to the very bottom of the options and click on the XML link. Now copy and past the link you are shown.
Go back to Thunderbird and go to File – New – Calendar and select ‘On the network’.
Select Google Calendar and paste in the link from before.
Give the calendar a name and hit next.
Enter your username and password (tick the remember option to save adding it in each time) and there you go, your Gmail calendar is now up and running with Thunderbird, as easy as that!
Google Cal. provider addon