In gnome-shell's top bar, calendar items are shown. This is great. However, I miss the possibility to click onto an item and then see more details/or simply to be led to the specific event item in evolution or another preferred calendar application.

The missing functionality is this: click on calendar item@top bar --> open default calendar's details about this calendar item.

Is it configurable, and if yes how, to make gnome-shell calendar open a specific calendar app when clicking onto a calendar item?

  • If someone can make a widget to launch a default calendar app, I don't see a button couldn't be added to the date indicator to do the same thing. askubuntu.com/questions/887799/launch-calendar-from-system-tray
    – guttermonk
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 1:30
  • Looks like there used to be a button in the date indicator to open the calendar, once upon a time: askubuntu.com/questions/69349/…
    – guttermonk
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 1:39
  • @guttermonk, the question of this post does not refer to opening a calendar app. It refers to the missing functionality of "click on calendar item@top bar" -> open default calendar's details about this calendar item".
    – ingli
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 13:40
  • 1
    I've gathered that by your response to my solution, but your question title says "How to make gnome-shell calendar open calendar app when clicking onto calendar entry?". So please forgive me if I thought you were interested in opening the calendar app from gnome-shell calendar like the question suggests.
    – guttermonk
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 19:34

2 Answers 2


At the moment, this does not seem possible, because no API exists, that would allow gnomeshell to interact with events from e.g. evolution or gnome-calendar. see https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/issues/262#note_540721

For an issue that discussed this issue specifically, see https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/-/issues/1297


It's not very intuitive but if you click on a date in the calendar and then click on the date that pops up in the top left, it will open your default calendar app.

I tried clicking in the calendar, on the events, on the date in the top-right, etc. ...finally accidentally clicked on the right spot!

It doesn't open more details like you were looking for, but it does open the calendar. You can change your default calendar in Settings > Details > Default Applications. Hope this helps!

gnome-shell calendar


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