View Mac Calendar from Command Line

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As someone that loves using UI tools, I do pride myself in learning how to accomplish the same feats from command line. Don't believe me? Check out my Command Line tutorials section -- I guarantee you'll learn quite a bit.

Recently I learned that you can view basic calendars from command line with the cal command:

~ $ cal
   February 2020
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8
 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Seeing the calendar is cool but I'd like to see my calendar events for each date. After looking through a number of options, I've found icalBuddy to be the best for displaying Mac Calendar app calendars.

To install icalBuddy, use a utility like Homebrew:

brew install ical-buddy

With icalBuddy installed, you can get today's events with:

icalBuddy -f -sd eventsToday

• Son's basketball game  (David)
    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
• Friend's birthday party  (David)
    location: Chucky Cheese
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

You can get a week at a glance by adding time to eventsToday:

icalBuddy -f -sd eventsToday+10

icalBuddy provides much more functionality but you get the idea. Retrieving daily events from command line can be easy and it's another step toward living your dev life from shell!

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