BusyCal: Calendar & Reminders 4+

To Do List. Planner. Schedule

Busy Apps FZE

    • 4.5 • 2.1K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



BusyCal is the most powerful, flexible, reliable calendar app for macOS. It's packed with innovative, time-saving features including customizable views, calendar sets, integrated tasks, travel time, smart filters, natural language input, weather, moons, graphics, tags, do not disturb mode and much more.

The app comes with a free 14 day trial and requires an active subscription to function. Please see the In-App Purchases section for pricing information. One subscription covers the entire family.


BusyCal displays your calendar in Day, Week, Month, Year and List views. What makes BusyCal unique is its ability to customize these views to more precisely meet your needs. You can choose the number of weeks shown per month, or days shown per week, and you can even customize the calendar's appearance by choosing a font face and size, calendar colors, time format, work week and a lot more.


In BusyCal, Tasks are integrated into your calendar, display on the date or time they are due, and carry forward until completed. You can also display a Task List in the sidebar. NOTE: Reminders in iOS 13 / macOS 10.15 is not compatible with BusyCal.


BusyCal's info panel enables you to quickly view and edit event details with speed and precision. The info panel can be displayed in the sidebar, as a popup or a floating window. And it's completely customizable, you can choose from a wide range of attributes to display including time zones, tags, maps, private notes, last edit time and more.


BusyCal enables you to create events and tasks using natural language. A preview of the event details are displayed while you type as it recognizes titles, dates and times, locations and more. You can even use it to add contacts or attendees to an event, set alarms, add URLs, and to indicate the calendar to create the event on.


BusyCal allows you to block out time for walking, driving or taking mass transit to an event or location. You can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Location Services and Apple Maps. You can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.


The BusyCal menu bar app is always running, even when the main BusyCal app is not running, so you always have access to your schedule.


BusyCal's Smart Filters are a powerful tool for managing your calendar. Smart Filters can be accessed with a keyboard shortcut or a button on the toolbar to display calendar sets (showing/hiding multiple calendars), perform saved searches (events that contain 'Joe'), apply view settings (an 8-week month view) and much more.


BusyCal displays alarms in a movable, resizable floating window that offers the ability to snooze an alarm for any number of minutes from now or before the start of an event, or snooze multiple alarms at once. And BusyCal Alarms trigger even when the main BusyCal app isn't running, so you'll never miss an important appointment.


BusyCal displays a live 5-day weather forecast, phases of the moon, and sunrise and sunset times.


BusyCal lets you add graphics to your calendar to highlight holidays and special events. You can choose from the built-in Emoji and IconFinder images, or drag images from your desktop or web.


BusyCal integrates with its sister app, BusyContacts, forming a flexible easy-to-use CRM solution. By adding contacts to events in BusyCal, you have instant access to a contact's email address and phone number, as well as a record in BusyContacts of your interactions with them.


BusyCal supports iCloud, Reminders, Todoist, Google, Exchange, Office 365, CalDAV, Fastmail, Custom CalDAV Servers, Zoom, Google Meets, GoToMeeting, LAN sharing as well as WebDAV subscriptions.

What’s New

Version 2023.3.3

· [NEW] Interactive "Tasks" widget on macOS Sonoma
· Improvements to date labels in List View
· Ongoing stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Frak this ,

Overall I like with One Major Exception

I think this is one of hte best calendars out there. Great interface, and the integrations with various systems is top-notch. I like that I can join a virtual meeting via click on the calendar; I don't have to open the event details. Overall, I like it.

So, why three stars? Calendar events do not show as busy time unless I explicity check a box. Every other calendar I know of defaults to busy events, and I can't find a way to change this setting. There have been more than a few times where I end up dobule booked becuase of this.

I really wish they would fix this. It's one of those that will make me pause when it comes time for subscription renewal...

Developer Response ,

Thank you - that was a bug apparently. Fixed for the next update. Apologies for the inconvenience.

heartofaviking ,

Love BusyCal

It is far superior to Apple Candle! Love the color coding options, the coordinating todo options, the flexibility of the users choice to show this or that list and not show another. Very well planned, maintained, and a long time standard for me on my macbook pro! I've tried others..... none compare.

Only addition I'd like to see is a user "NOTES" page along side of (or 1 click away ) where a user can write long details of the day, events, add pictures or files attached to the date but on a separate full page per day. It would function somewhat like where they allow you to put "notes" at the end of each event, journal, banner, todo, or timed todo, but would provide you a dedicated space for each day (although you wouldn't have to write on each day .....so just a daily template available you could click to bring up) where you put other things happening that won't fit on the little squares of monthly calendar boxes. BTW I know you can type on the daily page, but it' s not geared to journaling or recording events and the details or adding pictures, files or memories for the day.

Overall, I'd give them 10 stars for the functionality, reliability, fast email customer service requests, color coding, syncing !!! PERFECT SYNCING!! and the daily view which I find very helpful...like a timeline. Keep up the good work guys!

ourfazinali ,

Waste of money

After spending $60 to have this calendar on my latop & phone, none of my appointments, etc are syncing with my phone. You have to pay extra if you want it on more than one device. Absolutley ridiculous. So now I basically can only use my calendar at home on the laptop, and can't make appointments or plans until I am home because I can't see it on the app on iphone. Smh I don't know why this is rocket science. Don't even get me started on the app specific password you have to create. I've never experienced anything so complicated for no reason at all. I have gone back and forth with them for a whole year doing everything they asked or the diagnostics and they still can't figure it out. One time they said, "it should work". STICK TO THE APPLE CALENDAR! IT'S THE SAME THING AND SYNCS TO ALL YOUR DEVICES FOR FREE WITH NO HASSLE THROUGH ICLOUD! I can't even tell you how many things I missed since I was only able to use it on the laptop and not my phone when I was out and about. Especially making appointments. I always had to say, "Let me check my calendar when I'm home and I'll get back to you". Money grab for sure. Save your money. They didn't even offer me a refund for all this hassle I've been dealing with for over a year now.

Developer Response ,

I’m sorry you feel this way, but “it should work” is usually not our way of sorting things out. We would love to look through the logs again to see if it’s still some configuration issue. App specific passwords, as explained, are required by Apple for your security. Having said that, please do write to us again so we can help. Waiting for your email.

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