Calendar export

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Calendar export.

Template:Moodle 1.8Moodle allows administrators, teachers and students to easily export calendars for backing up or inserting in calendar software.

There are two methods for exporting a calendar in Moodle.

== To back up a calendar ==
Moodle Calendar "Export calendar" and "iCal" buttons
  • Click the "Export calendar" button located on the bottom of the calendar page
  • Select the items you wish to back up (select "All events" to back up the entire calendar)
  • Click "Export" when you are ready to export

Note: you can only export calendar events up to the next 60 days.

To copy a calendar

For use on a device such as a PDA, or to import a Moodle calendar into software such as Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook, or Mozilla Thunderbird:

  • Click on the orange "iCal" button located on the bottom of the calendar page
  • Alternatively, when using "Export calendar" clicking on "Get calendar URL" will provide you with a URL which can be used with other calendar software to sync with a Moodle calendar

Note: you cannot select individual items to include in the exported file with iCal, all events will be included.

You can then import the exported calendar into your desired software.

Importing a Moodle calendar into Mozilla Thunderbird/Lightning

  • Enter into calendar mode by clicking the Calendar icon at the bottom-right of the client
  • Click Calendar -> Import... then locate the exported iCal file

Note: changing an event in Thunderbird/Lightning will not change the event in a Moodle calendar as well, you must do that yourself.

Subscribing to a calendar in Outlook 2007

If you use an Outlook 2007 calendar, you can have your Moodle calendar events overlaid on top (or placed side by side) by following these steps:

  1. Go to the calendar view in your Moodle install and find the orange ical icon at the bottom and right click it, choosing "copy link location".
  2. Open Outlook 2007 and go to Tools->account settings->internet calendars->new.
  3. Paste in the address you copied from Moodle.
  4. Click OK and close.
  5. You should now see another calendar available on the left hand calendar bar, underneath 'My Calendars'. Enable this and Outlook will update the calendar every time it opens.
  6. Right-click on the tabs to choose between 'side by side mode' and 'overlay mode'.