Groupware in Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla's Thunderbird with the Lightning calendar plugin works very well with eGroupware. Here's what you have to do if you want to use them:

  • Install the Lightning plugin for Thunderbird
  • In the 'Calendars' tab, right click and choose 'New Calendar'. Next. Select 'On the Network'. Next. CalDAV format, Location: https://groupware.phys.ethz.ch/groupdav.php/calendar - hit next. Choose a name and a color. Next. Finish.
  • When Lightning asks for username and password, use your D-PHYS login and password.
  • Appointments and Tasks will now be synchronized between your Thunderbird calendar and eGroupware.

Support multiple users on the same server

It may happen that you want to include multiple calendars from groupware. Thunderbird requires setting a special preference flag to improve support of several usernames for the same calendar server.

Open the Thunderbird Preferences, select "Advanced"-> "General" and click on the bottom on the "Config Editor" button. A new window should open with a list of available preferences. Enter "multirealm" in the search box, and double click "calendar.network.multirealm" to set its boolean value to "True".

From now on, the name of the calendar will be appended to server addresses to distinguish them, for instance when saving passwords.

You can then add calendars of another user using

https://groupware.phys.ethz.ch/groupdav.php/D-PHYS-USERNAME/calendar

as server address, where D-PHYS-USERNAME has to be replaced by their username.