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iCloud contacts on Linux. 2 years on

Two years ago I began migrating away from the Appleverse to Linux and opensource. The biggest issue I faced was my calendars and contacts. I still use my iPhone and needed to have access and synchronisation between my phone and desktop. I overcame this issue and wrote a blog ( )

Moving on and settling on Thunderbird as my email client, there are now some great addons out there that I use to enhance and simplify electronic work flow. Of note is the great work that has been done by John Bieling ( and his tbSync, Provider for CalDAV & CardDAV and Providor for Exchange ActiveSync. These are all 5 star Thunderbird Addons and his Github pages is very active (

I can recommend that you save yourself a lot of time and use John’s tbSync addon for syncing your iCloud contacts and Calendar with Thunderbird (on either Linux or Windows). I you use the Evolution gnome based email client, my 2 year old blog will still help in getting you across the line with contacts, reminders and calendar synchronisation. I just need to update it to include application passwords which is now a thing (a good thing) with apple iCloud accounts.

As always, Beer and profit

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