is there a way to sync an Ubuntu calendar application like Thunderbird Lightning or Evolution with an Android device without using google-calendar?

At the moment I am syncing my Thunderbird-Lightning calendars on different computers via Dropbox, what is much more reliable than google-calendar. Another big advantage over google-calendar is, that I can access my appointments offline as well, since the calendar files are synced onto the harddrive of each computer by Dropbox.

I'd like to access those calendars via my android device as well.

  • The Dropbox-app for android does not support automatic syncing yet, so it seems like I have to use another service.

  • Apart from that I guess I need to know an android app, that can access a calendar-file stored in ics-format.

Thanks in advance YSN


4 Answers 4


If you use a CalDAV server such as SOGo or DAViCal with Lightning, you can then use CalDAV-Sync on your Android device to sync your calendars there as well. SOGo also has CardDAV support, and CardDAV-Sync will keep your contacts in sync as well.

  • There are many CardDAV servers but not all pairs of server and client work. You need to check your intended combinations before choosing a server.
    – Raphael
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 19:21

DAViCal is a great calendar server, so if your phone supports iCal, you might look at either hosting a local instance on the pc you want to sync with, or hosting it on a server or nas server you may/may not have (i use my nas for this.).

Yahoo! Calendar is also great for syncing. I use it to sync with my fiance for our wedding planning :)

  • Sounds very promising! I will try t o set it up. But I need to have my calendars available offline as well, what should depend of the client software... The next question would be, whether there is an Android app, that supports iCal...
    – YSN
    Commented Feb 16, 2011 at 16:11

So I was trying to do this with my Outlook Calendar (at work).

  1. Export a ICS file to a Dropbox folder
  2. Use DropSync on Android to keep the file in sync on the local sdcard
  3. Use ICSSync to parse the ICS file and add it to the native Calendar app

The above approach works for me, ofcourse you'd have to find a way to schedule/automate the export of your calendar from your Calendering app on Ubuntu. For Outlook, I am using Outlook2ICal.


Never tried it myself, but maybe it helps:

Funambol wirelessly syncs contacts, calendars, email and pictures between mobile phones, PCs, tablets and connected devices via the cloud.

They offer a (free) cloud service, or you can install the OS-Version yourself.

  • Thanks, but unfortunately funambol does not work with calendars yet on android, as it seems. Apart from that, I want my calendars available offline - my aim is not to avoid google. Maybe I can try and duplicate my offline calendars to google-calendar and simply sync that. I will open a new question for that.
    – YSN
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 9:46
  • As stated in funambol.com/solutions/android.php: The Funambol Android Client syncs contacts, calendars and pictures on Android phones. And Funambol is a SYNC solution - meaning that your data is always available offline, but will be synced when you are online.
    – Clausi
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 7:26
  • Funambol also appears not to have an Ubuntu client. Or a Thunderbird 3x client.
    – Amanda
    Commented May 24, 2011 at 14:07

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