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    Schedule shell commands execution through Google Calendar

    Google Calendar + Cron + Node.js

    Super fast usage example

    Start gcalcron:

    $ gcalcron start '0 0 10 * * *'
    [INFO] Process started checking your calendar: 10:00:00 every day

    Insert an event starting at 10:00 through Google Calendar:

    Back in the terminal:

    [INFO] Executed: 'ls -l | grep file.txt'
    -rw-r--r--    1 antonio  1796131739     11 Sep 24 15:14 file.txt


    Install it as a global module:

    $ npm install -g gcalcron


    1. Authenticate the app
    2. Start gcalcron, setting the check interval using cron syntax
    3. Schedule tasks inserting events in your calendar

    1. Authentication

    Authorization and authentication is done with OAuth 2.0.

    Ok, this will take only about 2 minutes:

    1.1 Get your project credentials

    You will need a file with your credentials: client ID, client secret and redirect URI. This can be obtained in the Developer Console:

    • Go to your project
    • Click in Credentials
    • Click Create credentialsOAuth client ID (Application type must be Other)
    • Download the JSON file

    1.2 Generate consent page URL

    Once we got the credentials we must generate a consent page URL.

    $ gcalcron generateUrl

    (By default, the credentials will be searched in your home directory under the name client_secret.json)

    The page will prompt you to authorize access, follow the instructions.

    1.3 Get the token!

    With the code we got through the authorization page, we can obtain a token and store it in our machine.

    $ gcalcron storeToken <code>

    (By default, the token is stored in your home folder under the name calendar_api_token.json).

    NOTE: The token will expiry after one hour, but a refresh_token is included as well, allowing the app to refresh automatically the token each time it's used.

    With this we are good to go. The stored token and credentials files will be required from now on to use this tool.

    2. Start gcalcron


    gcalcron start <cron-time> [--out <file> --err <file>]

    <cron-time> must be in the form of cron syntax, with this the check frequency will be set.

    --out <file> and --err <file> are optional, executed commands output and error output can be set using these options. By default, stdio and sterr will be used.

    The next example will check your Google Calendar every hour printing the executed commands output in a text file:

    $ gcalcron start '0 0 * * * *' --out ./output.txt

    The Cron functionality is powered by node-cron, for more info about the syntax check the repository README.

    3. Schedule tasks through Google Calendar

    Event title

    The events have to start with Execute:, followed by the shell command you want to execute.

    Execute: /some/random/

    Event description

    The command can be specified in the event description instead, in case the description has content, the command in the title will be ignored.

    NOTE: Execute: must be written always, what is ignored is whatever is written after Execute:.

    Event start and end time

    The range of time when the command will be executed. It will be executed only once, after it's executed the title of the event is renamed to from Execute: foo to [Executed] foo.

    Recurring events will be executed once per occurrence.

    NOTE: If, for example, an event is set from 20:00 to 21:00, you have to make sure that gcalcron is going to check your calendar at least once per hour.

    Setting your own config

    Using the option -C <file> you can set your own config. This file must be .js or .json.



      "CRED_PATH": "/my/secret/path/credentials.json",
      "TOKEN_PATH": "/my/secret/path/token.json",
    $ gcalcron -C /somepath/config.json generateUrl
    $ gcalcron -C /somepath/config.json storeToken 1249asdjasop12
    $ gcalcron -C /somepath/config.json start "0,30 * * * * *"

    With the above config your token will be stored in /my/secret/path/credentials.json, and your token and credentials will be read from there as well.

    The available options are:


    Path to your credentials file. (Default: located in your home directory under the name client_secret.json)


    Path to your token. (Default: located in your home directory under the name calendar_api_token.json)


    The ID of the calendar you want to use. (Default: primary calendar)


    In case there are several events to be executed, this set the execution order (always ascending). Acceptable values are updated and startTime. (Default: startTime)


    Write command output to a an specified file. (Default: stdout).

    Same as the option -o, --output <file>. In case both are set, the option has preference.


    Write command errors to a an specified file. (Default: stderr)

    Same as the option -e, --error <file>. In case both are set, the option has preference.


    Shell to execute the command with. (Default: /bin/sh on UNIX, process.env.ComSpec on Windows)


    Use the help command.

    $ gcalcron help


    • Use it under your own risk, if your Google Calendar account is compromised, malicious code could be executed.
    • The Google Calendar API has a limit of 1,000,000 queries per day, so it should be enough even if the check is executed once per second.
    • If you want to keep the process alive, consider using some tools like PM2 or forever.


    gcalcron can be used altogether with gcal to insert events programmatically. They share the same authentication process, so you can get to use it out-of-the-box.


    MIT © Antonio V


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