Events: quickAdd

Creates an event based on a simple text string. Try it now or see an example.


HTTP request



Parameter name Value Description
Path parameters
calendarId string Calendar identifier. To retrieve calendar IDs call the calendarList.list method. If you want to access the primary calendar of the currently logged in user, use the "primary" keyword.
Required query parameters
text string The text describing the event to be created.
Optional query parameters
sendNotifications boolean Deprecated. Please use sendUpdates instead.

Whether to send notifications about the creation of the event. Note that some emails might still be sent even if you set the value to false. The default is false.
sendUpdates string Guests who should receive notifications about the creation of the new event.

Acceptable values are:
  • "all": Notifications are sent to all guests.
  • "externalOnly": Notifications are sent to non-Google Calendar guests only.
  • "none": No notifications are sent. For calendar migration tasks, consider using the Events.import method instead.


This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes:


For more information, see the authentication and authorization page.

Request body

Do not supply a request body with this method.


If successful, this method returns an Events resource in the response body.


Note: The code examples available for this method do not represent all supported programming languages (see the client libraries page for a list of supported languages).


Uses the Java client library.


// ...

// Initialize Calendar service with valid OAuth credentials
Calendar service = new Calendar.Builder(httpTransport, jsonFactory, credentials)

// Quick-add an event
String eventText = "Appointment at Somewhere on June 3rd 10am-10:25am";
Event createdEvent ='primary').setText(eventText).execute();



Uses the Python client library.

created_event =
    text='Appointment at Somewhere on June 3rd 10am-10:25am').execute()

print created_event['id']


Uses the PHP client library.

$createdEvent = $service->events->quickAdd(
    'Appointment at Somewhere on June 3rd 10am-10:25am');

echo $createdEvent->getId();


Uses the Ruby client library.

result = client.quick_add_event(
  'Appointment at Somewhere on June 3rd 10am-10:25am')

Try it!

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