How To Import Events Using An ICS/iCal Feed URL

Timely’s Calendar allows you to import feeds from Timely and other calendars (Google, iCal, Outlook, etc.).

Calendar programs allow you to export what is called an iCalendar (.ics or iCal) feed URL. This feed URL contains event data (like times, dates, location, title, description, and time zone) in a standard format. Also there is a unique identifier or “UID” for each event. when events are imported from an iCalendar, the source calendar uses an UID to determine if the event is new so needs to be created or it has already been imported and only needs to be updated.

Some calendars change the UID

In some cases, each time the feed is refreshed hourly and gets the update from the source calendar, it creates a new different unique UID. For this scenario, Timely Journey is unable to detect changes from the imported feed, so the events will be updated again based on the source calendar.

What to look for?

Most calendars that can share their feeds will have a button that says either subscribe, export or share. Look for these keywords. Copy the url into the import feeds section of your calendar for a synced import or download the file to do a one time import.

Example:

Additionally you can consult your software’s documentation on how to export an .ics file. Here are some examples:

How do I Import an ICS Feed URL?

Go to your Journey calendar, navigate to Import events > My Feeds and click on the green plus icon

 

You can automatically assign the feed to one of our categories or tags, when you are done make sure to click Import!

 

 

The feed will refresh hourly and will pick up new events being added to the original calendar.