[CalendarServer-users] configuration for APNS push notifications

Lucian Szantho lucian.szantho at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 12:37:26 PST 2015

Hi Andre, thanks a lot for shading light on this topic.


On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 8:13 PM, Andre LaBranche <dre at apple.com> wrote:

> On Nov 20, 2015, at 1:28 AM, Lucian Szantho <lucian.szantho at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Hi, I am trying to setup push notifications in CalendarServer 7 and I
> think I have managed to figure out how to configure the Notifications/APNS
> in caldavd-dev.plist; when I connect the iOS Calendar client, I can see
> that inside the Preferences/Accounts the setting: "Refresh Calendar: Push".
> Server side, I have checked and the SubscriptionURL has received a http
> request with the "key" and "token" parameters. But the notifications are
> not working between two devices (Macbook and iPhone).
> I have figured out that I didn't use a correct certificate/key. However I
> am still confused about the following:
> * what is expected in the AuthorityChainPath?
> * how can I get the required certificates and key that would work for the
> calendarserver? I know that on OSX Server.app this is automated.
> * the push topic is the bundleID of the target app. does this mean that
> push notifications would work only for the OSX/iOS Calendar client?
> Hi,
> APNS push to iOS clients (i.e. apple's Calendar app) is supported only
> from iCloud or X Server, because APNS certs matching the bundle ID required
> by iOS client is in the apple domain, and not something a third party could
> request for themselves (i.e. using the certificate portal at https://
> certificates.apple.com).
> It is probably possible to develop your own client using some other bundle
> ID, following the official documentation of APNS from Apple, and use the
> associated APNS certs with CalendarServer.
> -dre
> Thanks,
> /Lucian
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