Creating New Calendars. Thunderbird

Using Thunderbird, it’s possible to have multiple calendars. You can create these in Calendar Mode or in Task Mode.

Creating a new calendar

  1. Right-click in the calendar list on the left side of the screen.
  2. Choose New Calendar… from the dropdown menu.

Next, you get to choose whether you want to create the calendar “on your computer” or “on the network”.

On your computer – local calendars

When choosing “On my computer”, you can only use the calendar on the computer you’re working at. All the data is stored inside an internal database (the sqlite file storage.sdb in your Thunderbird profile).

  1. Choose On my computer and click Next.
  2. Next, choose which name and color your calendar should have, and click Next.
  3. You’ll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click Finish.

On the Network

When choosing “On the Network”, your files can reside on general webservers (read-only), on WebDAV servers, on specialized CalDAV or WCAP servers, on the local filesystem or a network share, on FTP servers, or you could use your Google calendars.

  1. Choose On the Network and click Next.

Next, you have to choose a format of your new calendar as follows.

iCalendar (ICS)

You’re able to subscribe to calendars provided by third parties, mostly in ics format. These are almost always read-only; you won’t be able to change anything for the calendars. An example of this kind of calendar are the holiday calendars provided by Mozilla.

  1. Choose iCalendar (ICS).
  2. Enter the URL in the Location field and click Next.
  3. Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added.
  4. If you also check the Offline Support option, you can use your calendar when you are offline.
  5. Click Next.
  6. You’ll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click Finish.

CalDAV

  1. Choose CalDAV.
  2. Enter the URL in the Location field and click Next.
  3. Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added.
  4. If you also check the Offline Support option, you can use your calendar when you are offline.
  5. Click Next.
  6. You’ll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click Finish.

Sun Java System Calendar Server (WCAP)

  1. Choose Sun Java System Calendar Server (WCAP).
  2. Enter the URL in the Location field and click Next.
  3. Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added.
  4. If you also check the Offline Support option, you can use your calendar when you are offline.
  5. Click Next.
  6. You’ll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click Finish.