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Funambol: Synchronize Contacts Between Outlook-Palm-Gmail

I while back I downloaded and played with Funambol, now there is a free online Funambol server that provides the glue to many synchronization needs. For me it is:

Palm Treo650 < – > Outlook contacts/calendar < – > Gmail contacts/calendar

So I am basing my procedure on this great article.

Step 1. Sign up for an account on

Step 2. Download funambol outlook client. Install per the instructions and configure per the information provided by scheduleworld.

Step 3. Synchronize Outlook with Palm Treo (already configured, using software that came with the Treo). This step just makes sure we have synchronized data in Outlook before proceeding.

Step 4. Run funambol plugin for Outlook.


Step 5. Log into scheduleworld and confirm you can now see the synchronized data.

Step 6. In site, click on Google Sync and setup google account info. There are also several google calendar sync options in the Preferences page that I have set so that it will sync the google calendar with each syncML session.

NOTE: so far, I’ve only been able to sync contacts with regular gmail account and not my google apps domain services account.  So I’ve done a google export of contacts from scheduleworld that I loaded to my domain google apps account.  I don’t suspect scheduleworld will be able to add contacts sync to google apps because of the google apps APIs, they contacts APIs seem to be available only to premium users at $50/yr.


September 26, 2007 - Posted by | opensource, synchronization


  1. Whoa!! Been using this for a few days now…and now my calendar data is messed up…duplicates, recurring events modified (from first Tue every quarter to day 3 of every 3 months for example), one event created on google calendar comes across to scheduleworld server but does not come in to Outlook.

    Comment by kmcital | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi kmcital,

    Just came across your post, I am trying to do the same thing.. Basically we were looking at implementing scalix for a client, but thing google apps is a better approach. However contact and calender synchronization is really important to us. Have you heard of any other approaches apart from Funambol that would work with Google Apps?



    Comment by Mark | October 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. Awesome tool, exactly what I’ve been looking for! The calendar sync seems to be working fine, but contacts aren’t syncing between the ScheduleWorld server and Thunderbird.

    Comment by Christiaan | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. […] Soeben habe ich noch Scheduleworld entdeckt, die anscheinend noch einiges mehr können. Werde ich auch noch […]

    Pingback by Gmail, BlackBerry und Outlook - Wie geht’s am Besten? | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hi

    maybe you should’ve tried this is offered by funambol and pretty much does the same thing

    Comment by Ramesh | July 5, 2009 | Reply

  6. you can also sync your google apps email, contacts etc. via funambol.

    in your email setup select gmail and enter your domain email address login & password..

    Comment by Ramesh | July 5, 2009 | Reply

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