Is there a native OS X app that allows me to see my Google calendar?

  • Some modern web browsers support creating standalone web apps on the desktop. So just create one for calendar.google.com though your mileage may vary.
    – ADTC
    Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 10:46

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Here's another way, adding Google Calendar as a Chrome App with standalone window. The calendar is then available in Launchpad and the Dock.

  1. Navigate Chrome to your calendar URL, e.g https://calendar.google.com
  2. Create Chrome App shortcut from the URL - Chrome drop down menu (3 dots icon on top right) > Save and Share > Create Shortcut

Open Chrome Drop Down menu

Create Chrome App Shortcut

Note: check the "Open as window" box

Create shortcut dialog

  1. Open the "Google Calendar" from Chrome Apps or Launchpad!

Google Calendar from Launchpad

  1. Select "Keep in Dock" to keep the calendar icon in the MacOS Dock (optional)

Add Calendar to Dock

That's it! Your Google Calendar App is now available as a standalone window app from the MacOS Dock and Launchpad.

Google Calendar App

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    This is a great alternative to downloading another Mac app. Chrome shortcuts are awesome!
    – Jash Jacob
    Commented Jun 7, 2020 at 3:10
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    On Microsoft Edge, same thing except that the option is available under "Apps > Install this site as an App" Commented Nov 11, 2020 at 12:28
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    This just opens another chrome tab, not really the best solution
    – Spyky
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 20:07
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    This was genius!
    – Tom
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 12:54
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    I use this option, but I cannot get it to send alerts/notifications using the OS. Any thoughts? I have the experimental "Use Native Notifications" enabled, but nothing. Occasionally I see the app take focus, but more often than not, I miss it. Also annoying that it also opens an empty chrome window
    – greenwar
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 19:01

Yes, the built-in Calendar app lets you add them.

For your Mac:

  1. On your computer, open Calendar
  2. In the top left corner of your screen, click Calendar > Preferences.
  3. Click the Accounts tab. On the left side of the Accounts tab, click +.
  4. Select Google > Continue.
  5. Enter your Gmail address, password, and verification code (if you have one).
  6. Click Accept.
  7. On the Accounts tab, choose how often you want Apple Calendar and Google Calendar to sync.

For more information, see https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/99358

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    Unfortunately you can't make changes, only view existing calendars and events. Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 11:42
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    If you want to add more calendars you have in your Google Account, go to the same account preferences and next to the tab Account Information select the tab Delegation and put a checkmark in all the calendars you want to import
    – CIRCLE
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 14:20
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    Just download this app: dailypressgroup.org/apps/Google%20Calendar.zip , it is Google Calendar website wrapped with ElectronJS. Built with Nativefier (github.com/jiahaog/nativefier) Commented Aug 2, 2018 at 2:47
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    If want to see "Other Calendars" you have also listed in your Google Calendar, got to google.com/calendar/syncselect (per the more information link in the answer).
    – mp3foley
    Commented Sep 30, 2018 at 23:53
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    I want a material design.
    – wonsuc
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 0:54

I find the design of Apple's Calendar app frustrating on a number of levels, and also prefer not to have to context switch between the Google Calendar web UI and something else.

To solve this, I'm using Fluid, which wraps any URL in a native shell.

This lets me use all the features of the familiar Google Calendar while avoiding the problem of having my calendar constantly getting lost amongst my browser tabs.

  • Your link for Fluid takes me to a story writing site!
    – Natsfan
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 23:40
  • Dangit! Sorry about that, @jmh. My 🤬 MBP keyboard has been on the fritz. Must not have responded when I ⌘C'd the URL the first time. Fixed.
    – clozach
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 2:52
  • I also use Fluid for other apps, but the Google Shortcut solution above is brilliant, and adds the app to the task switcher if you select "Open as Window". Excellent! Commented Aug 20, 2021 at 16:56

I use Sunrise and it's great, you can add your Google Account and the GUI is very similar.


If you literally want the calendar week to show on your desktop, you will want to check out the program Blotter. It can be found in the AppleStore. I have been using it for over a year, very pleased with it.


There are a few new GCal apps on the App Store (all paid though).


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