Getting Started

Getting started with Fantastical is simple. First, you need to add your calendar accounts in Preferences.

Video: Connecting Your Calendars

Start by clicking on the Fantastical icon in your menu bar to reveal the Mini Window, then click the gear icon in the lower right to open the actions menu. Choose Preferences from the menu. You can also access the preferences by selecting Preferences from the Fantastical menu.

To add a new account, go to the Accounts pane in Preferences.

  1. Choose the "+" icon at the bottom of the sidebar on the left side of the window to open a panel with account type options:
  2. Select the type of account you'd like to add and click Continue
  3. Fill in the credentials for the account to allow Fantastical to access and sync your events and reminders

Adding an iCloud Account

Video: iCloud Authentication

Apple requires that iCloud accounts have two-factor authentication enabled in order for apps to connect to iCloud's calendar or mail servers. If you don't have two-factor authentication enabled, enable two-factor authentication on your iCloud account before continuing.

iCloud with two-factor authentication

  1. Log in to You'll be asked to enter a verification code from one of your devices.
  2. When you receive the code, enter the digits into the dialog that opens in the browser window
  3. After login is completed, click on "Generate Password..." under the Security section
  4. Give the app-specific password a name of your choosing (e.g. Fantastical)
  5. A dialog will appear with a new password string that you can copy and paste into Fantastical

Adding a Google account

To add a Google account:

  1. Select the Google account type
  2. Fill in your Google username (email address) and password
  3. Click "Sign In"
  4. Click "Accept" to allow Fantastical to access your calendars

Adding an Exchange account

To add an Exchange account:

  1. Select the Exchange account type
  2. Fill in your Exchange email address and password
  3. Click "Add"
  4. If you need to enter a username or Exchange URL, you will be prompted after clicking "Add"

Video: Microsoft Exchange

Adding a CalDAV account

  1. Select the "Other CalDAV Account"
  2. Enter your username, password, and the CalDAV server address
  3. Click "Add"