With Google calendar indicator in the system tray, you can easily view and add events in your Google Calendar. If you don’t want to open Evolution or Thunderbird just to access the calendar, then this lightweight and speedy applet is for you. Here’s how to install Google Calendar indicator on Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 8 from PPA.
The PPA also works on Ubuntu derivatives like Linux Mint, Elementary OS.
Install Google Calendar on Ubuntu 16.04
Open up a terminal window and run the following commands to add the PPA, update local package index and install the calendar indicator.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao sudo apt update sudo apt-get install calendar-indicator
Once installed, start it from Unity Dash.
Install Google Calendar on Debian 8 Jessie
As we all know, Debian doesn’t have built-in support for Launchpad PPA. However we can manually add the PPA and then install the indicator.
Edit software source configuration file with root privilege.
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Paste the following two lines at the end of this file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/atareao/atareao/ubuntu trusty main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/atareao/atareao/ubuntu trusty main
Ctrl+O to save the file.
Ctrl+X to close the file. Then run the below command to import the GPG signing key of this PPA which can be found on Launchpad if you like to confirm the key.
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 36FD5529
Then update local page index and install the indicator.
sudo apt update sudo apt-get install calendar-indicator
Once installed, start it from application menu.
Upon first launch, you will be asked to allow it to access your Google calendar. Switch the button from OFF to ON.
Then sign in with your Google account.
allow button so it can manage your Google calendar.
Now back in the calendar indicator preferences window, click the OK button.
And now you have a new indicator in the system tray.
Click Add new event to notify yourself the things you should do. Events in past days are not shown in the drop down menu. If you forgot to do something, click Show Calendar to see what you forgot to do in a Calendar. You also have the option to add multiple calendars.
This calendar indicator can also be started with the following command in the terminal.
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