[How to] Install and run Sunbird in Linux

Mozilla Sunbird is a cross-platform calendar application built using Mozilla toolkit. Sunbird can be used as a stand-alone Calendar application to create tasks and set alarms for them. You can have your digital time-table (basic, school, college or office schedules) on your system using Sunbird. Though, it’s developed no more but it has all the features that you’ll be looking in your calendar program like support for Google Calendar through extension, International time zones, calendar views (day, week, multiweek, month), multiple alarms for one task, auto-repetitive tasks, multiple calendars, etc. So, let’s see how to make it work for you.

Download setup file

  1. You need Sunbird’s setup file for Linux before continuing to install and run it. Download its latest (1.0b1) version from AfterDawn.com
  2. Now, you’ll be having Sunbird’s setup file named sunbird-1.0b1.tar.bz2′ (size – 9 MB)

Run & Install Sunbird

  1. Extract that setup file using your favorite archiver and you’ll notice a folder is created named sunbird’.
  2. Open that folder and run sunbird’ named file and choose Run’ if Do you want to run “sunbird”, or display its contents?’ dialog pops up.
  3. If this dialog don’t come up, then it means sunbird’ file is not set as executable. Set it as executable by right-clicking it -> choosing properties’ -> permissions’ tab -> check Allow executing file as program’ and then do step 2 again.

You’ll see it like below screenshot after opening it. Once opened successfully, you’ll find it simple to use and plan your work timely.