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How to Export Facebook Events Into Your Google Calendar

And How To Find The Facebook Event Page

Last week on Lifehacker I stumbled upon a handy tip from Sean Bonner on  how to export your Facebook events into your Google calendar.

  1. In Facebook, go to your EVENTS page.
  2. At the top of that page click EXPORT EVENTS
  3. You’ll get a pop up window with a URL, copy it.
  4. In Google Cal, on the bottom left you’ll see ‘Other Calendars’ and below that a link to ADD. Click ADD
  5. One of the new options you’ll be presented with is ADD BY URL, select that
  6. Paste the URL from Facebook where it asks for it.
  7. Fin

It’s really easy.  Unbelievably easy until you try and find the Facebook Events page.  It turns out that there are many Facebook Events pages and not all of them have an export link.  I assumed that the Events page in question is the one accessible from the Events tab on my Profile page,
Facebook Events Tab

but when you go to that page there is no export link to be found.
Facebook Events screen accessed from the Events tab

Facebook Export Individual EventSo then I tried the page for one of the events themselves.  Perhaps along with the event details there would be the “export events” link that I was searching for.  I knew that this made little sense, but since some elements of the Event page is personalized for me when I view it maybe the link would be there.  It turns out that I was half correct.  On the Event page there is an export link, but it is for exporting that individual event as an iCalendar file that you can then import into your calendar.  That was helpful, but I didn’t want to have to do this import export dance for every Facebook event.  I was looking for a promised solution that would import all of my Facebook events forever and that I would only have to do once.

Facebook Events sidebar box on the Home pageFinally, a couple days after I had given up on finding the link, I figured that maybe the hack was outdated and the functionality was lost in an earlier Facebook layout update, I noticed the events box in my Home page right hand column. I clicked “See All” and lo and behold another Events page revealed itself to me. That’s right, a second Events page and on this one, in the upper right corner there was a link to “Export Events”.
Facebook Events Screen

I clicked it and it opened the pop up window that I was in search of.  I copied the link, pasted into Google Calendar and the hack worked perfectly.

UPDATE: This post was written before the latest Facebook layout was rolled out.  The new layout appears to have removed the export events link.  This issue has been reported to Facebook and as soon as I am aware of a fix I will update this post with that information.

I’m writing this for two reasons.  The first is so that if anyone else can’t find the right Events Page on Facebook to run this little hack hopefully this post will guide them there.  The other is to say “Hey Facebook, I know that you are rolling out some layout changes this week.  I’m not sure that changes to the Events pages are one of them or not, but Facebook you have a usability issue here.  If it’s resolved next week, thank you.  If it isn’t then heads up you have a usability issues with your Events page. First, you have two of them, which is not a good thing when it comes to website usability.  Second, they have different features on each page. And finally, a handy bit of functionality is missing from the Events page that you’d think would be the most personalized.   I’d be much obliged if you could clean this up.  Thanks.”

15 Responses to “How to Export Facebook Events Into Your Google Calendar”

  1. I can’t find the EXPORT url in the new Facebook interface. Can you point to it? If not, is there a way to construct the url manually?

  2. Wouldn’t you know it but the new interface seems to have removed the export link. It’s a known bug in the Facebook FAQ and as soon as I am alerted about an answer I’ll post it. Here are links to the 2 help center questions if you want to follow them too.

    http://www.facebook.com/editaccount.php?networks#!/help/?question=336878
    http://www.facebook.com/editaccount.php?networks#!/help/?question=338863

    If this is of any help, the link is below, but you will need your user ID and a key (both 9 digit number letter combinations that you’ll have to ferret out I’m afraid. Good luck.

    http://www.facebook.com/ical/u.php?uid=XXXXXXXXX&key=XXXXXXXXX

  3. Any idea how to get that key? I figured out how to get the UID.

  4. Sorry, I don’t but I will keep an eye out for it and will post where it is if I can find it.

  5. Here is an alternate to the new layout works great.

    http://www.fbcal.com/

  6. 25th Feb, and this functionality still isn’t present in the new layout. Thanks for the post, I was spending the last hour trying to track down an “Export Events” link that seems to not exist at the moment. Guess we’ll have to wait.

  7. Tass – still no response from Facebook about this, but see JDENredden’s comment about the app http://www.fbcal.com/ that is a workaround. Let me know how it works for you and good luck.

  8. This is why fbcal was developped ;-) It solved 4 issues.
    1. It is simple. In three clicks you subscribed to your Facebook Calendar
    2. It allows you to choose between the events you will attend, the events you are interested, the events you are not attending or any combination of them
    3. Facebook does not manage timezone. Fbcal does.
    4. Last but not least, fbcal let you sync Facebook Events and Facebook Birthdays.

  9. The ‘Export Events’ link is now at the bottom of the Events page.

  10. Darren – You are correct the link has been returned and is now at the bottom of the listing of events.
    Facebook Export Events Link
    Thanks for the tip.

  11. I found the Export Events at the bottom of my main page, but cannot locate it on the “page” I set up for local events. Do you know if there is an “export events” on a “page”? (i.e. page being for non-profits or businesses)

  12. Not that I know of, but I suppose that if you confirm that you’ll be attending the event yourself then those events will appear in the export events link on your main page. Good luck and let me know how you do.

  13. Is there a way of exporting this url would modifying it so that it only shows events I am attending? At the moment it seems to show maybe’s and some not attending’s bizarrely.

    Also, does this update automatically?

  14. Michael – it does update automatically, but I don;t think that you can modify the url so that it only shows events that you are attending. Sorry.

  15. And now it seems they’ve changed the game again, and removed a really useful Export as URL feature from FB Events:

    http://www.funk.co.nz/rants/facebook-calendar-export-broke

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