Day Planner: light calendar & reminder app

Day Planner

Day Planner is a calendar cum task manager cum reminder app for the Linux desktop. You can add or import events and get popup notifications for the events. The app is too simple to start with but there are provisions to supercharge it. However, it has certain limitations as we’ll see. Continue reading Day Planner: light calendar & reminder app

calcurse: terminal based organizer

calcurse brings you an scheduler, todo list and a calendar in a single package. It also supports notifications to remind you of you upcoming events. calcurse is based on the curses library and has an easy to use interface.


  • Fast and customizable curses-based interface
  • Supports colour schemes
  • Powerful non-interactive cmdline interface that can be used by scripts
  • User-definable key bindings
  • Fully user-configurable notification system (ability to send mails or anything else that could remind you of your upcoming appointments)
  • Moon phases calculation
  • Import capabilities with support for iCalendar format
  • Export capabilities with support for iCalendar and pcal formats
  • Ability to attach notes to each calendar element, and to edit them with your
  • Favorite text editor
  • UTF-8 support


To install calcurse on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install calcurse


It is very easy to setup and use calcurse, thanks to the easy navigation.

  • Press Enter after you start calcurse to use options for each component. Tab jumps between components and shows the options.
  • The configuration file is ~/.calcurse/conf. You can change the existing options to alter the behaviour of the applicaiton.
  • To get notifications even when calcurse is not running, change notify-daemon_enable to yes in the config file.
  • It is possible to import Google Calendar events (exported in ics format) to calcurse using the Import option.

Webpage: calcurse

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Wyrd is a text-based front-end to Remind, a sophisticated calendar and alarm program.

California: calendar app on Linux

California is a great looking calendar app from Yorba, the developers of Geary Mail. Version 0.2 was announced yesterday. It adds a lot of new features and works with Gnome 3. Adding an event is easier than before with the new release. Check out examples of the syntax here. New features include:

  • Month and Week views of events
  • Add and remove Google, CalDAV, and webcal (.ics) calendars
  • Integrates with Evolution Data Server, so your existing Evolution calendars are automatically available
  • Add, view, edit, and remove events (including recurring events)
  • A natural-language Quick Add parser for easily adding events: just type in the information and California schedules the event(s)
  • F1 online help (thanks Jim Campbell!)
  • Smooth animations and popovers for viewing information effortlessly

The latest version is available only for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) at the time of writing. To install, run the following:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install california

Webpage: California