ical2org 1.2

Convert iCal files to emacs org-mode data

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What's new in ical2org 1.2:

  • Fix bug with event spans due to mis-interpretation of iCalendar standard.
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ical2org is a command-line utility for exporting data from the Mac OS X application iCal so it can be used with the emacs tool org-mode. Data transfer is one-way only (from iCal to emacs), and is intended to be used to show alarms and scheduled events managed by iCal within org's agenda view.


Use normal Python application steps to install ical2org:

pip install ical2org


easy_install ical2org

The source distribution is created using Distribute, which will be installed with ical2org. The other dependencies (pytz and vobject) will also be installed automatically.

Generating org-mode Files

While ical2org supports multiple output formats, the default is an org-mode outline. Each calendar entry includes the summary, location, date and time, and complete description (useful for searching).

For example, to extract the entries from a calendar called "Meetup: Python", you would run:

$ ical2org "Meetup: Python"
Starting 14 days ago at 2010-01-03 00:00:00-05:00
Ending 30 days from now at 2010-02-17 00:00:00-05:00
Processing: Meetup: Python
 Python Atlanta February Meetup
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
* Meetup: Python :clubs:
 :CATEGORY: Personal
** Python Atlanta February Meetup
 < 2010-02-11 Thu 19:30-21:30 >
 - PyAtl: Atlanta Python Programmers

 After an optional 6pm dinner at Figo Pasta at the corner of
 Howell Mill Road and Huff Road, we will meet as usual in the
 spacious and comfortable auditorium of the GTRI Food
 Processing Building at 7:30pm for our monthly meeting.

 Topics for this meeting:

 Brandon Rhodes will give his PyCon talk: "Learning Hosting
 Best-Practices From WebFaction"

 Atlanta, GA 30318 - USA

 Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 PM

 Photo: http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/7/3/5/event_5238229.jpeg

 Attending: 3

 Details: http://www.meetup.com/python-atlanta/calendar/12325308/

Output is encoded as UTF-8, which may not work with Unix pipes and shell redirection. To save the output to a file instead of having it printed to standard output, use the -o option.

By default, ical2org processes all of the calendars which are displayed in iCal. Hidden calendars are ignored unless you give their name on the command line.

Generating Diary Files

The default output format uses org's outline structure. If you would rather use emacs' diary-mode, use -f diary to switch modes. The diary entries do not include the full text of the event.

Recommended Use

The recommended way to use ical2org is to export your iCal data at least every day. That gives you a moving window of fresh data, since the date range for export is limited. Save the output to a file (e.g., ~/Documents/Notes/calendar.org) and add the file to org's list of inputs for building agenda views.

If you use org-mode for taking notes in meetings, refile each event as you make notes to avoid overwriting it the next time your calendars are exported.

For example, you might run a command like:

ical2org -o ~/Documents/Notes/calendar.org -b 30 -e 30

to export the data starting 30 days ago and ending 30 days from today to the file calendar.org.

Recurring Events

Recurring events in iCal are "exploded" to create separate entries in the output. This makes it easy to refile an event when you add notes, without having the notes from one meeting occurance appear on the wrong date.

Command Line Options

-h show this help message and exit
 Configuration file name. Defaults to ~/.ical2org
-b DAYS_AGO, --begin=DAYS_AGO, --days-ago=DAYS_AGO
 Number of days back in time to search. Defaults to 14.
-e DAYS_AHEAD, --end=DAYS_AHEAD, --days-ahead=DAYS_AHEAD
 Number of days forward in time to search. Defaults to 30.
-v, --verbose Increase verbose level
-q, --quiet Turn off verbose output
 Write the output to the named file instead of stdout
--all Include all calendars, not just active.
 Directory containing calendars. Defaults to ~/Library/Calendars.
-f FORMAT, --format=FORMAT
 Output format. One of ['org', 'diary']. Defaults to "diary".
--opt=OPT, --formatter-option=OPT
 Formatter-specific option name=value
--help Verbose help

Last updated on March 23rd, 2010


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