I am really annoyed how iCal uses Mail.app to try to send e-mail notifications. It always pops up Mail.app and I do not want it to at all. How can I make iCal use Sparrow instead to send e-mail notifications/reminders?

I tried this: http://gidogeek.com/post/6037637963/ical-sparrow

But that didn't work for some reason.

  • Related but not an exact duplicate of apple.stackexchange.com/questions/24576/…
    – Ian C.
    Sep 18, 2011 at 16:43
  • Thanks, I saw that, but there was not a real solution.
    – Strawberry
    Sep 18, 2011 at 18:33
  • Are there any other solutions where you do not need to do any coding changes.
    – user20361
    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:18

3 Answers 3


There is a solution to your issue but it requires a little AppleScript jiggery pokery.

Johan Bruning posted an AppleScript for this on GitHub. He's included instructions for installing it in the README which is also visible on the project's GitHub page.

In his blog post about the script he writes, "I am happy to report it works like a charm and my iCal now finally sends e-mails trough Sparrow."

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    That is the same link that I posted, but after installing the script, it still didn't work for some reason. I tried a few tests and it was still popping up Mail.
    – Strawberry
    Sep 20, 2011 at 21:17
  • I'm the author of the original script, and it all depends on which version of Mac OS you are using. It does not work on 10.8 currently. And I did not intend to work on the script any longer after Sparrow was purchased by Google and support for it was discontinued. I still use Sparrow however and I might end up updating the script.
    – Gidogeek
    Apr 19, 2013 at 18:56

It is still using Mail.app because the script from github is the original. You need the other one which seems to be missing. Someone will need to contact the author to let him know that it is not showing up.

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    Could you elaborate on your answer a bit? Between "it" and "the other one" and "seems to be" and "which author" are questions that come to mind. If you have a real answer, please elaborate a bit but I don't see how this is a solution to the problem posed.
    – bmike
    Mar 19, 2012 at 15:27

As mentioned, I'm not sure about the specifics of your question/input, but I can confirm that the modified script does not function as the author intended (or confirmed as such). Apple Mail is still used to send notifications of iCal events even though I have completed the script workaround originally mentioned.

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