iCal Feed dashlet for Alfresco Share

Author: Will Abson

This project defines a custom dashlet which displays upcoming events from any iCal feed accessible over the Internet, similar to the RSS Feed dashlet provided in Alfresco Share.

iCal Feed Dashlet


The dashlet is packaged as a single JAR file for easy installation into Alfresco Share.

To install the dashlet, simply drop the ical-feed-dashlet-<version>.jar file into the tomcat/shared/lib folder within your Alfresco installation, and restart the application server. You might need to create this folder if it does not already exist.

Building from Source

An Ant build script is provided to build a JAR file containing the custom files, which can then be installed into the tomcat/shared/lib folder of your Alfresco installation.

To build the JAR file, run Ant from the base project directory.

ant dist-jar

The command should build a JAR file named ical-feed-dashlet-<version>.jar in the build/dist directory within your project, which you can then copy into the tomcat/shared/lib folder of your Alfresco installation.

Alternatively, you can use the build script to hot deploy the JAR file directly into a local Tomcat instance for testing. You will need to use the hotcopy-tomcat-jar task and set the tomcat.home property in Ant.

ant -Dtomcat.home=C:/Alfresco/tomcat hotcopy-tomcat-jar

After you have deployed the JAR file you will need to restart Tomcat to ensure it picks up the changes.


  1. Log in to Alfresco Share and navigate to a site where you are a Site Manager, OR to your user dashboard
  2. On the dashboard and click the Customize Dashboard button to edit the contents of the dashboard. Drag the iCal Feed dashlet into one of the columns from the list of dashlets to add it.
  3. Click OK to save the configuration.
  4. The dashlet should now be shown in your dashboard.
  5. Click Configure in the dashlet toolbar to enter the location of the iCal feed you want to be displayed, e.g. http://www.alfresco.com/about/events/feed/ical/

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