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Install Google Calendar Indicator on Debian 8/Ubuntu 16.04

install Google calendar indicator on Debian 8 Ubuntu16.40

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 indicator on Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 8

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 trusty main
deb-src trusty main

Press 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 --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.

calendar indicator allow access to google calendar

Then sign in with your Google account.

calendar indicator sign in with Google account

Then click allow button so it can manage your Google calendar.

calendar indicator manage your Google calendar

Now back in the calendar indicator preferences window, click the OK button.

Calendar-Indicator - Preferences

And now you have a new indicator in the system tray.

calendar indicator 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.


If Google services are blocked in your country or area, you can use a proxy server or VPN to access it.

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  • Stan Gosnell

    Add an Ubuntu PPA to my sources.list? Not a snowball’s chance in hell.

    • You can add the PPA and build it from source instead of installing the Ubuntu binary on Debian.

      Download the source package
      sudo apt-get source calendar-indicator

      install dependencies from Debian repo
      sudo apt-get build-dep calendar-indicator

      Build the deb package (In the source package directory)
      sudo dpkg-buildpackage -b

      Then install it with
      sudo dpkg -i