CSV to vCard

Step 1: Paste Data

This simple JS conversion takes CSV (or tab-delimited) contacts and turns them into vCard format. This was originally written to take information from Outlook Express for Mac OS 9 and bring it into the address book in OS X.

To begin, export your contact information to a text file, open that file in the text editor of your choice, copy the information to the clipboard, and paste it in the box below. Then proceed to Step 2.

For this to work properly, the first line must have the names of the items being exported.

Step 2: Specify Types

Please select the type of data for each field being imported. If no appropriate entry exists, please choose "(ignore)" from the top of the list.

I have attempted to guess the correct type for each field. Review and update the below as necessary.

When done, go to Step 3.

Step 3: Copy vCard

Here you have it! Copy the contents of the box below, paste them into a text editor, and save them to your computer as a text file with an extension of '.vcf' (e.g. 'mycontacts.vcf'). You should then be able to import them into the vCard-aware application of your choice (like the Address Book in OS X, by dragging the file into the Address Book).

If all doesn't go well for you, please let me know and I'll see if there's something I can do about it. This was only tested with data exported from Outlook Express and importing the vCard into my Address Book. There are certainly fields which the vCard format supports which I haven't accounted for here; if you need them, it's not that hard for me to add them.

Known Bugs