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Sync private iCloud calendar with MagicMirror

  • @Beh first and foremost, thank you very much for setting out clear and detailed instructions. I’m a complete newbie but by following your instructions it works perfectly.

    I saw that, when I run “vdircyncer discover”, I receive a list of all my calenders and, in addition, my iCloud reminders. The reminders seem to have similar UUIDs to the calendars.

    I tried following the same process for my “Family” reminders by creating a CALDAV sync (in the vdirsyncer config file) called “pair iCloudTD_to_MagicMirrorTD”, including the Family UUID in the “collections” section and creating a %.ics file in /MagicMirror/modules/calendars/%s.ics. I have items_types as “VEVENT”, “VTODO”.

    I also inserted the %.ics file as a calendar entry in the “calendar” module in MagicMirror.

    However, the to do list does not appear in MM (it just says “No upcoming events”). The calendar however works perfectly.

    I’m guessing it’s not possible to import iCloud reminders in the same way as iCloud calendars but I thought I’d ask before I spend more time reading through the vdirsyncer documentation and other Google searches.

    Is there a config setting I’m missing or is it not possible at all? I’m struggling to understand the difference between VTODO and reminders.

  • @cagey I tried that too and asked for help in september last year.

    Somewhere in this thread @Beh said it should work with “VTODO” but the ics files are empty after syncing. Thats why nothing is shown in your calendar.

    Would be really happy to have the icloud reminders on my mirror.

  • @Beh Hey, great tutorial! Im having the same issues as above, timers just not working. Followed your troubleshooting, still no luck, just says ; Unit vdirsyncer.timer could not be found.

    Even though I can see it does exists and its editable in nano

    Any ideas?

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  • @thisistheplace I never tried syncing VTODO. All I can do here, is to refer to the vdirsyncer docs regarding this topic:

    Unfortunately you have to dig into that yourself, my time is very limted currently…

  • @elliot1996 I would need more information to help you debug this. Are you sure you used the right directory for the file? And you used the --user option when executing systemctl?

    Everything you need to know about systemd unit files is here:

    The file must be in one of the directories mentioned at the top of the page.

  • @Beh I’m sure I have installed it in the right directory, I followed :curl | sudo tee /etc/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer firstly under the MagicMirror Directory. Then activating using systemctl --user enable vdirsyncer.timer.

    When looking at the status I get : Warning: The unit file, source configuration file or drop-ins of vdirsyncer.timer changed on disk. Run ‘systemctl --user daemon-reload’ to rel
    ● vdirsyncer.timer - Synchronize vdirs
    Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Drop-In: /home/smartm/.config/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer.d
    Active: inactive (dead)
    Trigger: n/a

    Apr 13 18:38:50 smartm-Latitude-E6230 systemd[915]: /home/smartm/.config/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer.d/override.conf:1: Assignment outside o
    Apr 13 18:38:50 smartm-Latitude-E6230 systemd[915]: /home/smartm/.config/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer.d/override.conf:2: Assignment outside o
    Apr 13 18:46:21 smartm-Latitude-E6230 systemd[915]: /home/smartm/.config/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer.d/override.conf:1: Assignment outside o
    Apr 13 18:46:21 smartm-Latitude-E6230 systemd[915]: /home/smartm/.config/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer.d/override.conf:2: Assignment outside o
    lines 1-12/12 (END)

    Anything you could do to help would be amazing! Been trying to get it going all day, my mirrors close to perfect!

  • @Beh this is a great tutorial. Thanks!

  • @Beh


    Thank you for your great solution. All went well till I tried to sync more than one iCloud Calendars.
    Something is getting confused I think.
    Could you please make an example for the right syntax in the following section:
    collections = [“UUID1”, “UUID2”, “UUID3”]
    Something like this?

    I also have now problems to sync two non-iCloud Calenders after the great confusion…
    My module (I use MMM-CalendarExt2) only shows one iCloud-calendar.

    Thanks for your help.

    BEst regards


  • Hi. Try to participate as well :-). I am totally new to the Raspberry world and so to MM. I have set up using the step-by-step guide. Thanks for this a lot. Now that I have set this up as expected, the result is not as expected. The other modules work well. Also 3rd party ones. But the calendar says “No upcoming event”. I have managed to obtain the according icloud calendar ID for my PRIVATE calendar. Any idea what I could potentially have wrongly set up or installed?

    ● vdirsyncer.timer - Synchronize vdirs
    Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/user/vdirsyncer.timer; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Active: inactive (dead)
    Trigger: n/a

    pi@raspberrypi:~/.vdirsyncer $ vdirsyncer discover
    Discovering collections for pair iCloud_to_MagicMirror

    • “14Exxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxEF2”
    • “14Exxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxEF2” (“Patrick”)
    • “73Fxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxB3F” (“Kalender”)
    • “tasks” (“Erinnerungen”)
    • “fc79xxxdf28cxxxxxxxxx42c0dxxxx7d6e3cf0xxxxxxcac0b2e4xxxxxxxxx” (“Peter”)
      Saved for iCloud_to_MagicMirror: collections = [“14Exxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxEF2”]

    config file:

    CALDAV Sync

    [pair iCloud_to_MagicMirror]
    a = “Mirror”
    b = “iCloud”
    collections = [“14Exxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxEF2”]

    Calendars also have a color property

    metadata = [“displayname”, “color”]

    [storage Mirror]

    We need a single .ics file for use with the mirror (Attention! This is really slow on big amounts of events.)

    type = “singlefile”

    We’ll put the calendar file to a readable location for the calendar module

    path = “/home/pi/MagicMirror/modules/calendars/%s.ics”

    [storage iCloud]
    type = “caldav”
    url = “

    Authentication credentials

    username = “
    password = “xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx”

    We only want to sync in the direction TO the mirror, so we make iCloud readonly

    read_only = true

    We only want to sync events

    item_types = [“VEVENT”]

    Can anyone of you help? Maybe you see what I did wrong or you know how I could check some points to see if I did something wrong.

    Thanks for your inputs. Keep in mind, I am new in this 😉

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