Create Events

Imagine an app that helps users find the best hiking routes. By adding the hiking plan as a calendar event, the users get a lot of help in staying organized automatically. Google Calendar helps them to share the plan and reminds them about it so they can get prepared with no stress. Also, thanks to seamless integration of Google products, Google Now pings them about the time to leave and Google Maps direct them to the meeting spot on time.

This article explains how to create calendar events and add them to your users' calendars.

Add an event

To create an event, call the events.insert() method providing at least these parameters:

  • calendarId is the calendar identifier and can either be the email address of the calendar on which to create the event or a special keyword 'primary' which will use the primary calendar of the logged in user. If you don't know the email address of the calendar you would like to use, you can check it either in the calendar's settings of the Google Calendar web UI (in the section "Calendar Address") or you can look for it in the result of the calendarList.list() call.
  • event is the event to create with all the necessary details such as start and end. The only two required fields are the start and end times. See the event reference for the full set of event fields.

In order to successfully create events, you need to:

  • set your OAuth scope to https://www.googleapis.com/auth/calendar.
  • ensure the authenticated user has write access to the calendar with the calendarId you provided (for example by calling calendarList.get() for the calendarId and checking the accessRole).

Add event metadata

You can optionally add event metadata when you create a calendar event. If you choose not to add metadata during creation, you can update many fields using the events.update(); however, some fields, such as the event ID, can only be set during an events.insert() operation.

Location
Adding an address into the location field enables features such as "time to leave" or displaying a map with the directions.
Event ID
When creating an event, you can choose to generate your own event ID that conforms to our format requirements. This enables you to keep entities in your local database in sync with events in Google Calendar. It also prevents duplicate event creation if the operation fails at some point after it is successfully executed in the Calendar backend. If no event ID is provided, the server generates one for you. See the event ID reference for more information.
Attendees
The event you create appears on all the primary Google Calendars of the attendees you included with the same event ID. If you set sendNotifications to true on your insert request, the attendees will also receive an email notification for your event. See the events with multiple attendees guide for more information.

The following examples demonstrate creating an event and setting its metadata:

Go

// Refer to the Go quickstart on how to setup the environment:
// https://developers.google.com/google-apps/calendar/quickstart/go
// Change the scope to calendar.CalendarScope and delete any stored credentials.

event := &calendar.Event{
  Summary: "Google I/O 2015",
  Location: "800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103",
  Description: "A chance to hear more about Google's developer products.",
  Start: &calendar.EventDateTime{
    DateTime: "2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00",
    TimeZone: "America/Los_Angeles",
  },
  End: &calendar.EventDateTime{
    DateTime: "2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00",
    TimeZone: "America/Los_Angeles",
  },
  Recurrence: []string{"RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2"},
  Attendees: []*calendar.EventAttendee{
    &calendar.EventAttendee{Email:"lpage@example.com"},
    &calendar.EventAttendee{Email:"sbrin@example.com"},
  },
}

calendarId := "primary"
event, err = srv.Events.Insert(calendarId, event).Do()
if err != nil {
  log.Fatalf("Unable to create event. %v\n", err)
}
fmt.Printf("Event created: %s\n", event.HtmlLink)

Java

// Refer to the Java quickstart on how to setup the environment:
// https://developers.google.com/google-apps/calendar/quickstart/java
// Change the scope to CalendarScopes.CALENDAR and delete any stored
// credentials.

Event event = new Event()
    .setSummary("Google I/O 2015")
    .setLocation("800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103")
    .setDescription("A chance to hear more about Google's developer products.");

DateTime startDateTime = new DateTime("2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00");
EventDateTime start = new EventDateTime()
    .setDateTime(startDateTime)
    .setTimeZone("America/Los_Angeles");
event.setStart(start);

DateTime endDateTime = new DateTime("2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00");
EventDateTime end = new EventDateTime()
    .setDateTime(endDateTime)
    .setTimeZone("America/Los_Angeles");
event.setEnd(end);

String[] recurrence = new String[] {"RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2"};
event.setRecurrence(Arrays.asList(recurrence));

EventAttendee[] attendees = new EventAttendee[] {
    new EventAttendee().setEmail("lpage@example.com"),
    new EventAttendee().setEmail("sbrin@example.com"),
};
event.setAttendees(Arrays.asList(attendees));

EventReminder[] reminderOverrides = new EventReminder[] {
    new EventReminder().setMethod("email").setMinutes(24 * 60),
    new EventReminder().setMethod("popup").setMinutes(10),
};
Event.Reminders reminders = new Event.Reminders()
    .setUseDefault(false)
    .setOverrides(Arrays.asList(reminderOverrides));
event.setReminders(reminders);

String calendarId = "primary";
event = service.events().insert(calendarId, event).execute();
System.out.printf("Event created: %s\n", event.getHtmlLink());

JavaScript

// Refer to the JavaScript quickstart on how to setup the environment:
// https://developers.google.com/google-apps/calendar/quickstart/js
// Change the scope to 'https://www.googleapis.com/auth/calendar' and delete any
// stored credentials.

var event = {
  'summary': 'Google I/O 2015',
  'location': '800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103',
  'description': 'A chance to hear more about Google\'s developer products.',
  'start': {
    'dateTime': '2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone': 'America/Los_Angeles'
  },
  'end': {
    'dateTime': '2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone': 'America/Los_Angeles'
  },
  'recurrence': [
    'RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2'
  ],
  'attendees': [
    {'email': 'lpage@example.com'},
    {'email': 'sbrin@example.com'}
  ],
  'reminders': {
    'useDefault': false,
    'overrides': [
      {'method': 'email', 'minutes': 24 * 60},
      {'method': 'popup', 'minutes': 10}
    ]
  }
};

var request = gapi.client.calendar.events.insert({
  'calendarId': 'primary',
  'resource': event
});

request.execute(function(event) {
  appendPre('Event created: ' + event.htmlLink);
});

Node.js

// Refer to the Node.js quickstart on how to setup the environment:
// https://developers.google.com/google-apps/calendar/quickstart/node
// Change the scope to 'https://www.googleapis.com/auth/calendar' and delete any
// stored credentials.

var event = {
  'summary': 'Google I/O 2015',
  'location': '800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103',
  'description': 'A chance to hear more about Google\'s developer products.',
  'start': {
    'dateTime': '2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone': 'America/Los_Angeles',
  },
  'end': {
    'dateTime': '2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone': 'America/Los_Angeles',
  },
  'recurrence': [
    'RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2'
  ],
  'attendees': [
    {'email': 'lpage@example.com'},
    {'email': 'sbrin@example.com'},
  ],
  'reminders': {
    'useDefault': false,
    'overrides': [
      {'method': 'email', 'minutes': 24 * 60},
      {'method': 'popup', 'minutes': 10},
    ],
  },
};

calendar.events.insert({
  auth: auth,
  calendarId: 'primary',
  resource: event,
}, function(err, event) {
  if (err) {
    console.log('There was an error contacting the Calendar service: ' + err);
    return;
  }
  console.log('Event created: %s', event.htmlLink);
});

PHP

// Refer to the PHP quickstart on how to setup the environment:
// https://developers.google.com/google-apps/calendar/quickstart/php
// Change the scope to Google_Service_Calendar::CALENDAR and delete any stored
// credentials.

$event = new Google_Service_Calendar_Event(array(
  'summary' => 'Google I/O 2015',
  'location' => '800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103',
  'description' => 'A chance to hear more about Google\'s developer products.',
  'start' => array(
    'dateTime' => '2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone' => 'America/Los_Angeles',
  ),
  'end' => array(
    'dateTime' => '2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone' => 'America/Los_Angeles',
  ),
  'recurrence' => array(
    'RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2'
  ),
  'attendees' => array(
    array('email' => 'lpage@example.com'),
    array('email' => 'sbrin@example.com'),
  ),
  'reminders' => array(
    'useDefault' => FALSE,
    'overrides' => array(
      array('method' => 'email', 'minutes' => 24 * 60),
      array('method' => 'popup', 'minutes' => 10),
    ),
  ),
));

$calendarId = 'primary';
$event = $service->events->insert($calendarId, $event);
printf('Event created: %s\n', $event->htmlLink);

Python

# Refer to the Python quickstart on how to setup the environment:
# https://developers.google.com/google-apps/calendar/quickstart/python
# Change the scope to 'https://www.googleapis.com/auth/calendar' and delete any
# stored credentials.

event = {
  'summary': 'Google I/O 2015',
  'location': '800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103',
  'description': 'A chance to hear more about Google\'s developer products.',
  'start': {
    'dateTime': '2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone': 'America/Los_Angeles',
  },
  'end': {
    'dateTime': '2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00',
    'timeZone': 'America/Los_Angeles',
  },
  'recurrence': [
    'RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2'
  ],
  'attendees': [
    {'email': 'lpage@example.com'},
    {'email': 'sbrin@example.com'},
  ],
  'reminders': {
    'useDefault': False,
    'overrides': [
      {'method': 'email', 'minutes': 24 * 60},
      {'method': 'popup', 'minutes': 10},
    ],
  },
}

event = service.events().insert(calendarId='primary', body=event).execute()
print 'Event created: %s' % (event.get('htmlLink'))

Ruby

event = Google::Apis::CalendarV3::Event.new{
  summary: 'Google I/O 2015',
  location: '800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103',
  description: 'A chance to hear more about Google\'s developer products.',
  start: {
    date_time: '2015-05-28T09:00:00-07:00',
    time_zone: 'America/Los_Angeles',
  },
  end: {
    date_time: '2015-05-28T17:00:00-07:00',
    time_zone: 'America/Los_Angeles',
  },
  recurrence: [
    'RRULE:FREQ=DAILY;COUNT=2'
  ],
  attendees: [
    {email: 'lpage@example.com'},
    {email: 'sbrin@example.com'},
  ],
  reminders: {
    use_default: false,
    overrides: [
      {method' => 'email', 'minutes: 24 * 60},
      {method' => 'popup', 'minutes: 10},
    ],
  },
}

result = client.insert_event('primary', event)
puts "Event created: #{result.html_link}"

Add Drive attachments to events

You can attach Google Drive files such as meeting notes in Docs, budgets in Sheets, presentations in Slides, or any other relevant Google Drive files to your calendar events. You can add the attachment when you create an event with events.insert() or later as part of an update such as with events.patch()

The two parts of attaching a Google Drive file to an event are:

  1. Get the file alternateLink URL, title, and mimeType from the Drive API Files resource, typically with the files.get() method.
  2. Create or update an event with the attachments fields set in the request body and the supportsAttachments parameter set to true.

The following code example demonstrates how to update an existing event to add an attachement:

Java

public static void addAttachment(Calendar calendarService, Drive driveService, String calendarId,
    String eventId, String fileId) throws IOException {
  File file = driveService.files().get(fileId).execute();
  Event event = calendarService.events().get(calendarId, eventId).execute();

  List<EventAttachment> attachments = event.getAttachments();
  if (attachments == null) {
    attachments = new ArrayList<EventAttachment>();
  }
  attachments.add(new EventAttachment()
      .setFileUrl(file.getAlternateLink())
      .setMimeType(file.getMimeType())
      .setTitle(file.getTitle()));

  Event changes = new Event()
      .setAttachments(attachments);
  calendarService.events().patch(calendarId, eventId, changes)
      .setSupportsAttachments(true)
      .execute();
}

PHP

function addAttachment($calendarService, $driveService, $calendarId, $eventId, $fileId) {
  $file = $driveService->files->get($fileId);
  $event = $calendarService->events->get($calendarId, $eventId);
  $attachments = $event->attachments;

  $attachments[] = array(
    'fileUrl' => $file->alternateLink,
    'mimeType' => $file->mimeType,
    'title' => $file->title
  );
  $changes = new Google_Service_Calendar_Event(array(
    'attachments' => $attachments
  ));

  $calendarService->events->patch($calendarId, $eventId, $changes, array(
    'supportsAttachments' => TRUE
  ));
}

Python

def add_attachment(calendarService, driveService, calendarId, eventId, fileId):
    file = driveService.files().get(fileId=fileId).execute()
    event = calendarService.events().get(calendarId=calendarId,
                                         eventId=eventId).execute()

    attachments = event.get('attachments', []])
    attachments.append({
        'fileUrl': file['alternateLink'],
        'mimeType': file['mimeType'],
        'title': file['title']
    })

    changes = {
        'attachments': attachments
    }
    calendarService.events().patch(calendarId=calendarId, eventId=eventId,
                                   body=changes,
                                   supportsAttachments=True).execute()

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