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I want to have an alert 90 minutes before a calendar event. That isn't an option in Calendar on iOS. Fantistical has more alert time options than Calendar so I imagine there's a way to set an arbitrary alert time. Is there a way to do that from the command line or a script?

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If you go into the Calendar app you can setup a custom alert per entry. Here I've added an item to my Calendar and then double clicked on it to open up a dialog to customize. Under that menu is an alert section under the time/date area of the calendar entry, in that menu select customize.

Calendar entry dialog

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Alert menu

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Customize menu

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You can setup either an email or an audible sound for your specific time

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CLI access to Calendar

You could use icalBuddy which was recommended in this other AD Q&A titled: Displaying calendar events as text, in the terminal.

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  • I was hoping to do it in iOS, but I did mention the command line so a macOS solution is perfectly valid. I just hadn't looked on my iMac yet.
    – SSteve
    Apr 19, 2019 at 16:01
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There is an ugly workaround on iOS:

  1. make sure you have a Google account;
  2. install Google Calendar for iOS;
  3. add your event in Google Calendar, which does allow you to set a custom alarm time;
  4. add the Google account to iOS settings and make sure to include calendar data;
  5. optionally, once you have your Google calendar also showing up in the iOS built-in calendar, you can use the iOS build-in calendar to move the event from Google into the iOS calendar, which will keep the custom alarm time.

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