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An HTTP request using the MKCALENDAR method creates a new calendar collection resource. A server MAY restrict calendar collection creation to particular collections.

Support for MKCALENDAR on the server is only RECOMMENDED and not REQUIRED because some calendar stores only support one calendar per user (or principal), and those are typically pre-created for each account. However, servers and clients are strongly encouraged to support MKCALENDAR whenever possible to allow users to create multiple calendar collections to help organize their data better.

Clients SHOULD use the DAV

displayname property for a human-readable name of the calendar. Clients can either specify the value of the DAV:displayname property in the request body of the MKCALENDAR request, or alternatively issue a PROPPATCH request to change the DAV:displayname property to the appropriate value immediately after issuing the MKCALENDAR request. Clients SHOULD NOT set the DAV: displayname property to be the same as any other calendar collection at the same URI "level". When displaying calendar collections to users, clients SHOULD check the DAV:displayname property and use that value as the name of the calendar. In the event that the DAV: displayname property is empty, the client MAY use the last part of the calendar collection URI as the name; however, that path segment may be "opaque" and not represent any meaningful human-readable text.

If a MKCALENDAR request fails, the server state preceding the request MUST be restored.


If a request body is included, it MUST be a CALDAV:mkcalendar XML element. Instruction processing MUST occur in the order instructions are received (i.e., from top to bottom). Instructions MUST either all be executed or none executed. Thus, if any error occurs during processing, all executed instructions MUST be undone and a proper error result returned. Instruction processing details can be found in the definition of the DAV:set instruction in Section 12.13.2 of [RFC2518].


If a response body for a successful request is included, it MUST be a CALDAV:mkcalendar-response XML element.


The response MUST include a Cache-Control:no-cache header.



resource-must-be-null) Request-URI;


calendar-collection-location-ok) identify a location where a calendar collection can be created;


valid-calendar-data) CALDAV:calendar-timezone property MUST be a valid iCalendar object containing a single valid VTIMEZONE component;


needs-privilege) the current user on the parent collection of the Request-URI.



initialize-calendar-collection) exists at the Request-URI. The DAV:resourcetype of the calendar collection MUST contain both DAV:collection and CALDAV:calendar XML elements.

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