vcal - Display the data in a vcalendar or icalendar file


  vcal [options] <files>


vcal parses a file for a vcalendar or icalendar record and displays the selected fields from the record.

Normally, vcal uses the specified files as absolute or relative paths, depending on how they are given on the command line. However, if the -mh flag is given, the current MH mailbox is searched for the specified files. The mhpath command is used to determine the absolute path to the files. If a single dash is given as a filename, then the vcalendar data will be read from standard input.

vcal takes options to allow selective display of the calendar data. If no options are given, then it is as if the -start, -end, and -summary options are given.


vcal takes the following options:


Thanks to Dr.-Ing. Torsten Finke ( for suggesting the case-insensitive checking for "mailto". This was added in version 2.3.

Thanks to Beat Vontobel ( for the patch for the -location option. The patch (used by permission) was added in version 2.4.

Thanks to Ivo Ihrke ( for the patch for reading the calendar data if the input file is a dash. The patch (used by permission) was added in version 2.5.

Thanks to Matthias Gay ( for the UTC and timezone patches. These patches (used by permission) were added in version 2.6.


Wayne Morrison,


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