Export Mac OS X Mail Address Book Contacts to CSV File

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Using a smart tool, you can export your OS X Mail Contacts to a CSV file (which lets you import into many other email programs and services).

OS X Mail and CSV

I say orange. You say banana. I say vCard. You say CSV.

Some connections are not meant to be made. Or are they?

Of course, you can get the contacts from your Mac OS X Mail address book, which likes to export to vCard files, to all the email programs, contact managers and web apps that prefer to receive CSV (comma-separated values) files.

All it takes is a smart little easy utility to play the middle-program.

Export Your Mac OS X Mail Address Book Contacts to a CSV File

To save your contacts from the Mac OS X Address Book to a CSV (comma-separated values) file, which lets you import the data to many other address books:

  1. Download and install AB2CSV.
  2. Open AB2CSV.
  3. Select Mode | CSV from the menu.
    • To configure which fields will be exported, you can select AB2CSV | Preferences… from the menu and go to the CSV tab.
  4. Now select File | Export from the menu.
  5. Go to your Documents folder.
  6. Click Choose.

The exported address book contacts are saved to a file called "everyone.csv" in your Documents folder.