External source sync allows you to bring information from external tools into a single, centralized table within Airtable. This article covers how to sync Google Calendar events to an Airtable base.
If you haven’t set up a sync before, we recommend first reading the Sync - Basic setup article to become familiarized with how sync works.
Add a new synced table
Start by clicking the + symbol next to your list of tables. Then, under “Sync data from”, select the Google Calendar option.’’
Select a Google account
From here, you can connect to an existing Google Calendar account (if you’ve previously setup a connection) or add a new account.
Configure calendar options
Next, select which calendar you want to use to sync events into your table. Once you select a calendar, choose a start date and end date to define the date range for events you want to sync.
Once this is configured, click “Next” to move to the next screen where you’ll configure what event data (or, fields) to sync to Airtable.
Select fields to sync
You have two options for which fields to sync from Google Calendar to Airtable. If you select “All fields”, we will sync all of the available calendar field data available into Airtable. If you select “Specific fields”, you can choose what event field data to sync to Airtable.
After making your field selections, click “Next”.
Create synced table
Before creating your synced table, there are Settings options that allow you choose how often you want to sync, and how to handle records deleted or hidden in the source (in this case, Google Calendar).
- The frequency of syncing. Right now, the options are manual syncing and automatic syncing which happens around every 5 minutes.
- Whether or not deleted events in the selected calendar should be removed from the Airtable table. By default, deleted events will be removed.
Once you’ve selected your desired settings, click the “Create table” button. The sync operation will retrieve all events in the calendar within the date range, and automatically create a calendar view to display the events.
Can I sync record data from Airtable to Google Calendar?
No, this feature only syncs events from Google Calendar to Airtable.
Can Google Calendar events be updated from Airtable?
No, events can only be updated directly within Google Calendar, which will sync back to Airtable.
How many events can be synced?
The maximum number of events that can be synced for each individual sync is 10,000. However, you could add multiple calendars with each calendar having a 10,000 event limit.
How are repeating events handled?
All instances of repeating events within the date range will be synced.
What access to Google Calendar does this give Airtable?
Airtable will only have access to the calendars and events that the user who connected the Google Calendar sync has access to.
What happens to the sync if the Google account used becomes deactivated?
The sync will stop working if the connected Google account is deactivated. Any data already added via sync will remain but will no longer refresh based on updates in Google Calendar.
How is data transmitted from Google?
The data that we retrieve from Google’s API is transmitted securely via HTTPS and is not used for any purpose other than syncing events to the table.
Can team calendars be synced from Google Calendar?
Yes! You can add any calendar that your Google Account has access to.