Host Your Own Calendar Server With OwnCloud

OwnCloud is a lot more well-known as a self-hosted Dropbox alternative. It enables you to host your personal cloud storage server and synch...



owncloud-logoOwnCloud is a lot more well-known as a self-hosted Dropbox alternative. It enables you to host your personal cloud storage server and synchronize all of your data on the cloud and across multiple devices. One thing that most people do not know a Calendar feature has been added in the recent version. This means that you can now host your personal Calendar server, instead of using 3rd party service, like Google Calendar.

As compared to Google Calendar, OwnCloud’s Calendar feature isn't as comprehensive, yet it's completely functional and usable. If you happen to be using a mature version of OwnCloud, simply upgrade for the latest version and you find the Calendar feature.

If you haven't started to use OwnCloud, here is the installation instructions (Windows users, click here)

Once you are logged to your OwnCloud account, you will observe the Calendar button around the left menu. Click on it and it'll show the Calendar. You can customize the view to Month, Week, or List.

owncloud-calendar-view

To add an entry, simply double click any date. You can add the title, category, access permission, and the time of the wedding. Opening the Advanced option allows you to add location and description.

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At the moment, there is no means for you to definitely invite other users for a event, however, you can Share, or Export case after it has been created. You can also export the whole Calendar app, and import it to an alternative OwnCloud’s installation.


Connecting your Desktop client to Owncloud


If you might be using email clients like Thunderbird or outlook, you will be happy to know that OwnCloud supports CalDav, to help you easily view the calendar in your desktop client, and in many cases sync to it.

For most CalDav compatible client, like Kontact, Evolution, Thunderbird, you can connect in your OwnCloud Calender server through the URL:

http://owncloud-installation-url/remote.php/caldav

For Apple iCal, make use of the following URL (including the trailing slash) instead:

http://owncloud-installation-url/remote.php/caldav/principals/username/

Mozilla Lightning users need to this URL scheme:

https://owncloud-installation-url/remote.php/caldav/calendars/USERNAME/CALENDARNAME


Conclusion


Being an empty source project, it really is great to see that OwnCloud is progressing to get more than just a fairly easy cloud storage service. As more and more features are added to it, it's easy to be able to get eliminate the alternative party cloud services and host (almost) everything on your own server. This will at the very least ease a few of the privacy issue that has been rampant recently.

What think? Will you switch to OwnCloud’s Calendar feature or continuing with Google Calendar, or any other third party Calendar company?

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