Integrate Gmail with Thunderbird

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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 while also syncing up my day with everyone else in the PoLR Design office.

Firstly, you will need to do three things and I am assuming you already have a Gmail account up and running (if not go here >> ):

1) Install or upgrade to Thunderbirds lastest version here >>
2) Download the Lightening calendar addon here >>
3) Download the Provider for Google Calendar addon here >>

Step One
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.

Step Two
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.


Step Three
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!

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  1. Good post.