I have a google calendar notification of an event in the gnome-shell notification area, as shown below. I have set my default calendar application.

When I click on the event notification, noting happens. I would like the default calendar application to open up, showing the event.


To test Khurshid Alam's suggestion, I installed ubuntu-gnome 17.04 in a virtual machine. I installed evolution (since it is not installed by default in ubuntu-gnome). I ensured that evolution was set as the default calendar app in /etc/gnome/defaults.list ("text/calendar=evolution.desktop").

I then added my my gmail account to gnome-online accounts. The gmail account was recognized by evolution, so I did not have to do any separate setup in evolution. After launching evolution, I could see my e-mails and calendar events in evolution. I created a calendar entry and setup a reminder. A few minutes before the event, I received a notification in the gnome notification area, as expected.

However, when I clicked on the notification, the evolution calendars view did not open. (Note: evolution did produce its own notifications, but ~only~ if it was running; clicking on ~those~ notifications ~did~ open up the evolution calendar view. This basically results in two notifications for the same event: one from gnome-online-accounts and one from evolution, ~if~ it is running.).

My experience is that gnome notification area simply does not integrate with ~any~ calendar application at all. All it integrates with is gnome-online accounts to show a notification. Clicking on the notification does not take you to details about the event; all you can really do is click on the little "x" to dismiss the notification.

Is this correct, or am I missing something?


I have currently selected "Wavebox" as my calendar application, but I had the same issue when I selected "Calendar" (gnome-calendar) as the default calendar application. I should add that clicking on an e-mail notification in Gnome Shell's notification area does open up the default e-mail application (also Wavwebox, in my case).

I am using ubuntu-gnome 17.04. I do not have evolution installed on my system.

Here is the event notification. I can hover over the event to highlight it, but clicking on it does nothing... Gnome-Shell Notification Area

Here is the default calendar setting... Default Calendar Setting

  • Instsll evolution. sudo apt-get install evolution. And set default application to either gnome-calendar or evolution. – Khurshid Alam Jun 7 '17 at 8:10
  • So there is no way to set a ~different~ calendar application (other than gnome calendar or evolution) to open? – PJ Singh Jun 8 '17 at 0:46

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