Export VCard Format from Address Book

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Post Posted February 12th, 2004, 9:37 am

I am a iPod user with Windows XP.
we can save Address Book information to store in iPod with VCard format which Microsoft programme can do it.

my question is how can I export VCard format with Thunderbird/Mozilla Address Book?

I do it by export to other format and open it with Microsoft Address Book and then export to VCard, which is very inconvience...

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Post Posted February 21st, 2004, 3:20 pm

Did you ever gen a solution to this?


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Post Posted February 21st, 2004, 7:46 pm

There's a vcard project at which is writing an extension to export/import vcards. They don't have anything available yet. states vcard support has been added to Mozilla 1.6. Its not clear exactly what functionality they've added and when we would see it in thunderbird.

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Post Posted February 23rd, 2004, 1:26 am

By 'supported,' I believe they mean TB can read vCards attached to incoming mails and attach them to outgoing mails.

As far as I know, you cannot import/export multiple vCards in Thunderbird. (I think there would be GREAT demand for such a feature, esp. for users of portable phones, iPods, etc.) I know I could use it!

The project you mentioned to incorporate a plugin for vCard importing/exporting is either defunct, dead, or extremely behind schedule (just look at the project dates.) I've almost considered starting my own project in it's place...

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Post Posted March 16th, 2004, 8:23 am

Hi Guys,

I've got an Ipod and as I'm a software developer, I've done a little java program that allows the user to create VCF files very quickly.It should work on windows and linux without any problems. (some feedback would be greatly appreciated ! ;) )

Here is the link if you want to give it a try:

Here is what you have to do to use it. Export your address book contacts to a CSV file and use this file with my program. As it is user friendly (at least I hope so) I didn't write a doc yet.

If you have problems using it or want me to improve something do not hesitate to contact me.

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Post Posted April 1st, 2004, 6:51 pm

Also, check out the vCard to T'bird LDIF script I wrote:

If there's much interest, I could modify it to translate the other way; from tbird ldif to vcard

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Post Posted April 25th, 2004, 3:41 am

I'm also keen to get my address book backed up on my iPod, any advice on a quick and easy "export to VCF" function for Thunderbird would be most welcome.

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Post Posted May 5th, 2004, 5:28 am

I would also like thunderbird to support vcard. Both my sony ericsson mobile phone and my ipod uses vcard in their contactlists and it would be great to easyly synch them with thundebird!

Why not use vcard as the default format in the thunderbird adressbook, like for eksamble the adressbook in Apple's and MS outlook?


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Post Posted November 4th, 2004, 5:51 pm


I tried using your java program. I am using xp. and when I run it ... it opens a screen (ffoxfire) .. but the screen is blank and grey...

Maybe I do not have the correct Java? .. is there an update to your program taking TB address to Vcards?

Thank you
Austin, Texas

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Post Posted November 5th, 2004, 8:51 am

Hi there ;)

It should work regardless of JVM installed on your computer.

First do you have Java installed ? I guess you launched my ConvertVCF.exe program but did you download the lang directory ?
If not you should because it contains all supported languages. (only 3 for the moment sorry about that).
By the way I tested my program on Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Fedora so this is not a windows problem for sure but I really think you don't have Java installed on your pc. If I'm wrong do not hesitate to contact me by PM on this site or by e-mail.

Best Regards

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Post Posted December 5th, 2004, 7:13 am

Ok I've updated my program, now the whole thing is compacted in a zip file, all you have to do is to unpack it wherever you want and launch the program. (in the zip file you have an .exe file if you're using windows or a .jar file if you're using linux or mac)


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Post Posted December 7th, 2004, 2:50 am

I'm really intrested in this feature (using TB+ipod).
I'm not a developer, but I can be a tester :)
I really like to have an extension for TB, but I also think TB shuold implement vcards directly.
Moreover, it can be a good idea to have some kind of integration (may be the possibility to share addressbook and/or folder with vcards) between contacts in TB and SunBird, i.e. I would like to have an event for my contacts' birthday. Before that, SunBird should be able to manage contacts...
I''ve just downloaded Emdis' software and going to try it.

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Post Posted December 7th, 2004, 4:06 am

settolo wrote:I also think TB shuold implement vcards.

Don't worry. They're aware of the issue - and it'll come in time. I believe the full Mozilla suite has already implemented it. I expect it will be version 3 cards (with image capability), too, which will be a step ahead of the WAB, which can only read version 2.1 cards.

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