You may ask why the world needs another calendar printer, especially when there are so many full featured ones out there. Mostly because this one deals with upcoming weeks, rather than the present month. On November 20th, I don't really find it useful to see what I did on the 2nd, but I would like to know what is coming up on December 4th.
bigcal can print calendars in text, postscript or HTML. By default it displays the next four weeks in ASCII on your terminal. The postscipt option normally prints nine weeks worth and fits on one page. You can print that, stuff it in your pocket and not have to lug around a day runner or a PDA.You drive it from 3 files.
|-b||just print a Blank calendar.|
|-e||Edit $HOME/.cal file before printing calendar.|
|-H||print calendar in Html.|
|-n||do Not load $HOME/.cal, $HOME/.cal.birthdays & $HOME/.cal.base files.|
|-p||print calendar in Postscript.|
|-s||Squeeze out blank lines.|
|-t||print Todo list ($HOME/.todo).|
|-w||print Weekend days.|
|-W n||print for terminal Width of n.|
|-q||print next Quarter of a year (13 weeks).|
|-h||print next Half of a year (26 weeks).|
|-y||print next Year (52 weeks).|
|-123456789||print N weeks (default=4).|
# comment month day [-tag] item1|item2 ... month day [+b] item1 month day [+h] item1 -tag items print on same line as the date. +b and +h mark the item as a birthday or holiday, respectively other items print on successive lines.
The definitive source is located at
This manual page describes bigcal 2.5.0 - as of 26-Nov-2002
gzipped source - bigcal-2.5.0.tar.gz
zipped source - bigcal-2.5.0.zip
bigcal is released under a BSD style license. You can use it in commercial products without a problem. Just keep the copyright notices intact. We do ask, as a favor, that if you use bigcal, that you add a link back to our home page from some web site which you control.
If bigcal saves you money at work,
I would think it a nice gesture if you sent me a check for 5% of the
amount you thought it saved you. It really would
help convince my wife that all the time I spend
writing code at nights really has a productive side.
If you are inclined to do that, send email to
If you want a calendar/reminder tool which is more feature rich, try remind from Roaring Penguin