I have the GNOME calendar installed and it works fine.

But there is a problem, it is not the default calendar and I can not select it. In the calendars category, only a text editor is available (apparently by mistake).

I am sure that this is a bug, and really look forward to fixing it in Ubuntu. In the meantime, I hope that someone will tell me how to fix this manually.

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4 Answers 4


An even easier solution would be to set the value with gio itself. Thus, set with the command:

gio mime text/calendar org.gnome.Calendar.desktop

Then check what you just did with the following command:

gio mime text/calendar 
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    Worked for me on Ubuntu 21.04. The mimeapps.list solution did not work. Thanks. Jun 4, 2021 at 10:28

Try this

gedit /home/yourname/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

paste text/calendar=org.gnome.Calendar.desktop at the end of [default applications] and save.

by querying gvfs-mime --query text/calendar

you should get

Default application for 'text/calendar': org.gnome.Calendar.desktop
Registered applications:
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    gvfs-mime --query text/calendar has been replaced by gio mime text/calendar in 20.04.
    – heynnema
    Jun 13, 2020 at 17:18

What worked for me was:

Open Terminal:

locate mimeapps.list

Find the path starting with home: /home/user_name/.config/mimeapps.list

Then run the below commands.

vim /home/user_name/.config/mimeapps.list


gedit /home/user_name/.config/mimeapps.list

(both vim and gedit allow you to edit text files)

paste text/calendar=org.gnome.Calendar.desktop under the last application in the default application list

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Save the file and run the below command:

gio mime text/calendar

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And lastly check your default applications under the Ubuntu settings: enter image description here


This is a bug of gnome. Already fixed in gnome 40 and Ubuntu 21.10.

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