From 3.7.3 onwards only the ‘new calendar’ block is supported.

New Calendar

You can add a block with upcoming events from your ical-calendar (gmail, apple etc.).


PHP support is required. See system preparation.

Dashticz config settings

The following config settings are applicable:

Parameter Description
Configure the Calendar Date/Time format.
'dd DD.MM HH:mm' = default
Controls the calendar locale
'nl' , 'en' , 'hu', etc.


Google Calendar

You have to know the correct link to your Google Calendar. You can find them as follows:

  • Open

  • Under ‘My calendars’ click on the three dots behind your calendar -> settings and sharing

  • In the page that opens look for the following links:

    • Public URL to this calendar. It’s something like:

      Use this public url as url parameter in your calendar block.

    • Secret address in ICAL format. It’s something like:

      Use this ical url as icalurl parameter in your calendar block.

The new calendar block follows the same look and feel as most other blocks. It uses type to tell Dashticz that its a calendar block. The new calendar block can be configured as follows:

blocks['my_calendar'] = {
        type: 'calendar',
        maxitems: 5,
        layout: 0,
        url: '',
        icalurl: '',
        holidayurl: '',
        weeks: 5,
        lastweek: false,
        isoweek: false,
        width: 12
Parameter Description
emptytext The text to show in case there are no appointments. Default: 'Geen afspraken'
calFormat The parameter “calFormat” is absolete. The “calFormat” parameter for the new calendar is called layout
0: Lists an agenda of events in text format
1: Lists an agenda of events in table format
2: Displays a traditional calendar in table format
3: Lists an agenda of all day events in text format (no time is shown)
4: Lists an agenda of all day events in table format (no time is shown)
icalurl This can accept either a single url (string) or one or more calendar objects (example below)
ics Url (string) of the calendar object
color Color of the calendar text. Must be html colors, hex code, rgb or rgba string
url This can be set on the block or in settings[‘calendarurl’]. Whenever you click the calendar block whilst setting layout 0 or 1, an embedded gmail calendar will display in a popup dialog (modal). Alternatively, when layout 2 is set, when clicking on any event, it will display a popup with the event details and provide a link to the calendar (e.g. gmail)
holidayurl This allows users to add public holidays (or other public events) to their calendar
maxitems This limits the number of events that you want to display. When setting layout 2, I set it to 100 to allow for 35 days. Adjust to your own preference
weeks This is how many weeks, or rows of 7 days, you wish to display when layout 2 is selected
Show the previous week and any events from that week
true: Show the previous week
false (=default): Don’t how the previous week
The week will start on a Sunday or on a Monday
true: Week will start on a Monday
false (=default): Week will start on a Sunday
Icon name. Example:
'fas fa-car'. To display a car icon in the left column
If you want to show an image instead of an icon in the left column. Place image in img/ folder
A title will be shown above the calendar
'<string>': Title for the block
width 1..12: The width of the block relative to the column width
0: ical method 0 (recommended. Default when PHP version < 7.1)
1: ical method 1 (default when PHP version >= 7.1)
String to change the date formatting of a calendar item using moments.js
'dd DD-MM'. This will represent the dates as ‘di 24-9’
String to change the time formatting of a calendar item using moments.js
'LT' (=default): This will represent the time in the local time format
'HH:mm'. This will represent the time as ‘23:12’
Display start time only
false (=default): Display start time and end time
true : Display start time only
Remove start time for All Day events that are created in a different time zone
false: Show the start time for ‘All Day’-events in case the start time is not 00:00
true: Don’t show the start time for ‘All Day’-events
'key': unique identifier. You can use [data-id='calendars.key'] in your custom.css
eventClasses Object to add a specific CSS class to an event based on the event description. See Event styling


I did not find an ical library that handles all ical files correctly.

ical method 0 has issues with yearly recurring events.

ical method 1 has issues for recurring events with interval more than 1 (for instance biweekly events)

Example of traditional calendar in table format

blocks['gmail_calendars'] = {
        type: 'calendar',
        layout: 2,
        icalurl: {
                Personal: {
                        ics: '',
                color: 'blue'
                Business: {
                        ics: '',
                        color: 'purple'
        holidayurl: '',
        maxitems: 100,
        weeks: 5,
        lastweek: true,
        isoweek: false,
        width: 12

The layout set to 0 will display this:


The layout set to 1 will display this:


The layout set to 2 will display this:


When the user clicks on any events, it opens details about that event. If the event details is already HTML, it will render the HTML event body, including font, tags, anchors/links, etc. The contents of the popup is scrollable. Also included in the popup is a link to source calendar (bottom left), if one has been set in config.js. On the bottom right of the popup, the event location is displayed (if this exists). When clicked, it will take the user to the location on Google maps.


Example of a birthday calendar

When using layout: 3 or layout: 4 no time will be shown.

blocks['birthdays'] = {
        type: 'calendar',
        layout: 4,
        dateFormat: 'D MMMM',
        icalurl: 'http://... .../birthdays.ics'
        maxitems: 5,
        icon: 'fas fa-birthday-cake',

Event styling

You can customize the event styling by setting the eventClasses block parameter. As an example block definition:

blocks['f1'] = {
    maxitems: 8,
    icalurl: '',
    layout: 1,
    icon: 'fas fa-car',
    title: 'Formula 1',
    type: 'calendar',
    startonly: true,
    lastweek: false,
    eventClasses: {
        important: 'Grand',
        normal: 'Qual'


If the calendar text contains the text ‘Grand’, then the CSS class important will be added to the event element. If the calendar text contains the text ‘Qual’, then the CSS class normal will be added to the event element.

Add the following to custom.css:

.event.normal {
    color: orange !important

.event.important {
    color: green !important;

.description.important {
    color: black !important;

.eventtime.important {
    color: red !important;

By default each event uses the following CSS classes:

  • event: Event container
  • eventdate: Date part of event
  • eventtime: Time part of event
  • description: Event description

By combining these classes with the classes assigned via eventClass you can customize the styling, as shown in the custom.css example above.

Then another trick: The values in the eventClasses object are not just strings, but Regular Expressions. Assume we define eventClasses as follows:

eventClasses: {
  important: '^Grand',
  normal: /qual/i

The style important will be applied to events that start with ‘Grand’.

The matching of ‘qual’ now is case insensitive.


Block styling

In case no info is available then the CSS class empty will be added to block. This can be used to adjust the styling of an empty block via custom.css