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AnandChowdhary/calendar-slots

Find availability for a user based on their calendar. Works with Google Calendar or any iCalendar URL.

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💡 Usage

Install the package from npm:

npm install calendar-slots

Import and use:

import { findSlots } from “calendar-slots”;

const today = new Date();
const tomorrow = new Date();
tomorrow.setDate(today.getDate() + 1);

const slots = await findSlots({
  slotDuration: 30, // Find 30 minute slots
  slots: 3, // Recommend 3 slots
  from: today, // Starting now
  to: tomorrow, // Until tomorrow
});

console.log(slots);
/* [
  { from: “Tue May 05 2020 12:00:00 GMT-0800 (PST)”, to: “Tue May 05 2020 12:30:00 GMT-0800 (PST)” },
  { from: “Wed May 06 2020 09:30:00 GMT-0800 (PST)”, to: “Wed May 06 2020 10:00:00 GMT-0800 (PST)” },
  { from: “Wed May 06 2020 14:30:00 GMT-0800 (PST)”, to: “Wed May 06 2020 15:00:00 GMT-0800 (PST)” }
] */

Each Slot has two Date objects, start and end. The from and to properties accept native Date objects, moment objects, or other values that moment understands like date strings and UNIX timestamp numbers.

⚒️ Configuration

Key Type Description
slotDuration number Duration in minutes
slots number Number of slots to find
from (required) Date or similar Start time
to (required) Date or similar End time
days number[] Days of the week to use
daily.timezone string Timezone for time restrictions
daily.from [number, number?, number?] Start [hours, minutes, seconds]
daily.to [number, number?, number?] End [hours, minutes, seconds]
strategies string Recommendation strategies
padding number Time (min) between events
slotFilter (slot: Slot) => boolean Custom filter for available slots
url. string iCalendar URL
calendarId string Specific Google Calender ID
auth Google API OAuth2 client API client to use
user.accessToken string User’s access token
user.refreshToken string User’s refresh token
log boolean Whether to console.log steps
logger (…args: any[]) => void Custom function for logging

iCalendar

Any iCalendar-compliant URL is supported; all major calendar providers (Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Calendar, etc.) support iCalendar URLs.

You can specify the url:

const slots = await findSlots({
  from: new Date(),
  to: nextWeek,
  url: “webcal://your-example-url.ics”
});

Authentication with Google Calendar

You can either specify auth, calendar, and user:

import { google } from “googleapis”;
import { OAuth2Client } from “google-auth-library”;
const oauth2Client = new google.auth.OAuth2(
  “Client ID”,
  “Client Secret”,
  “Redirect URL”
);
oauth2Client.setCredentials({
  access_token: “Access token”,
  refresh_token: “Refresh token”,
});
const calendar = google.calendar(“v3”);

const slots = await findSlots({
  from: new Date(),
  to: nextWeek,
  auth: oauth2Client,
  calendar: calendar,
});

Alternately, you can set the following environment variables and we’ll setup the authentication:

  • GOOGLE_CALENDAR_CLIENT_ID
  • GOOGLE_CALENDAR_CLIENT_SECRET
  • GOOGLE_CALENDAR_REDIRECT_URL
  • GOOGLE_CALENDAR_ACCESS
  • GOOGLE_CALENDAR_REFRESH

🗜️ Examples

Slots on specific days

You might want to skip weekends when finding slots. Add the days property with an array of numbers (0 for Sunday, 6 for Saturday):

/**
 * Find 3 slots, 30 minutes, from today until next week
 * but only between Monday and Friday
 */
const slots = await findSlots({
  slotDuration: 30,
  slots: 3,
  from: new Date(),
  to: nextWeek,
  days: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5],
});

Slots between specific times every day

You might want to find slots only between specific times of the day. Add the daily property:

/**
 * Find 3 slots, 30 minutes, from today until next week
 * but only between Monday and Friday
 * and only from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Pacific Time
 */
const slots = await findSlots({
  slotDuration: 30,
  slots: 3,
  from: new Date(),
  to: nextWeek,
  days: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5],
  daily: {
    timezone: “America/Los_Angeles”,
    from: [9],
    to: [17, 30],
  },
});

Prefer morning slots

You may want to increase the probability of getting certain slots, using strategies.

/**
 * Find 3 slots, 30 minutes, from today until next week
 * but only between Monday and Friday
 * and prefer morning slots rather than later in the day
 */
const slots = await findSlots({
  slotDuration: 30,
  slots: 3,
  from: new Date(),
  to: nextWeek,
  days: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5],
  strategies: [“heavy-mornings”],
});

Available strategies are:

  • linear (default)
  • heavy-firsts (prefer beginning of all slots)
  • heavy-lasts (prefer ending of all slots)
  • heavy-centers (prefer middle of all slots)
  • heavy-mornings (prefer mornings)
  • heavy-afternoons (prefer afternoons)
  • heavy-evenings (prefer evenings)
  • heavy-mondays (prefer Mondays)
  • heavy-tuesdays (prefer Tuesdays)
  • heavy-wednesdays (prefer Wednesdays)
  • heavy-fridays (prefer Fridays)
  • heavy-saturday (prefer Saturday)
  • heavy-sundays (prefer Sundays)

There are no strategies for preference of light rather than heavy; however, this works: If you want light mornings, you can pass the strategies [“heavy-afternoons”, “heavy-evenings”]. Similarly, if you want light Fridays, you can pass heavy- other days.

👩‍💻 Development

Build TypeScript:

npm run build

Run unit tests and view coverage:

npm run test-without-reporting

📄 License

MIT © Anand Chowdhary