Export Address Book: Export your Address Book to CSV, Excel + other formats with the most powerful Mac app of its kind.

Exporter for Contacts

Export your Address Book to CSV, Excel + other formats with the most powerful Mac app of its kind.

Current version: 1.12.5 · Last update: 2020-03-26 · Requirements: macOS 10.9 ➔ 10.15

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Exporter for Contacts Release Notes

2020-03-26Version 1.12.5

  • Fixes a bug introduced in the last update that caused a code signing check to fail for no reason for some users.

2020-03-24Version 1.12.4

  • Exported vCards now retain the UID of the contact they are derived from. Note that this identifier is device-dependent. It only uniquely identifies the contact on the current device.

2020-03-09Version 1.12.3

  • Street names are now correctly extracted from a postal address if the "Street" field does not contain a street number at all.

2020-01-23Version 1.12.2

  • Fixes a bug that could lead to a crash at app launch.

2020-01-16Version 1.12.1

  • Added support for these fields: Phonetic Company, Street Name (without house number), House Number.

2019-10-06Version 1.12

  • Added support for the upcoming version of the operating system
  • You can now support further development by dropping a few coins into the tip jar.

2018-10-05Version 1.11.2

  • The app now adopts several security features provided by macOS Mojave for improved protection of your sensitive data.
  • Fixed a potential crash when running the app on macOS 10.11 and earlier versions of the OS

2018-09-28Version 1.11.1

  • Fixed a crash when trying to export to vCards.

2018-09-26Version 1.11

  • Added support for macOS Mojave
  • Better support of linked contacts (contacts in different accounts representing the same person)

2017-08-19Version 1.10.1

  • The export format options sheet will now resize correctly again when switching formats.
  • Improved compatibility with the upcoming macOS version.

2017-06-19Version 1.10

  • All of a contact's email addresses, phone numbers and several other properties can now be exported as a list into a single field (tagged with labels, if desired).
  • Blank columns are now omitted by default to reduce clutter.
  • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
  • Dropped support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

2017-05-07 Version 1.9.12

  • The Fritz!Box template now also supports email addresses
  • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

2016-09-16 Version 1.9.11

  • Fixed an issue that could lead to a crash on opening templates.

2016-07-20 Version 1.9.10

  • This update fixes a performance issue to speed up adding contacts to the export list.

2016-07-13 Version 1.9.9

  • This update improves compatibility with future versions of the operating system and changes the app’s name to “Exporter for Contacts” to be consistent with trademark guidelines.

2016-02-06 Version 1.9.8

  • Contains a new export template for Fritz!Box routers with Fritz!OS versions that do allow more than three phone numbers per contact
  • Fixes several minor issues with the "Outlook for Windows" templates, generated vCards, and with Excel files

2015-03-05 Version 1.9.7

  • New property type "Display Name". The format is taken from the settings in Contacts.
  • New property type "Contact Type". Can be "Person", "Company", "Resource" or "Room".
  • With the new property type "Blank Field" you can now create empty placeholder columns in data files.
  • Added a new export template "Outlook 2003 for Windows" which is still required by some stone-aged webmailers.
  • Added a new export template "Contact List". Creates a plain text file in a "value (label)" format. Import the generated text file into a word processing app and apply some formatting to create a simple address book.

2014-08-29 Version 1.9.6

  • Includes a new export template "Plain Text" (requires OS X 10.8 or newer)
  • Includes a further improved Fritz!Box Adressbuch XML Template (Thanks to Dr.-Ing. Jörg Jahncke)

2014-07-22 Version 1.9.5

  • Fixes a vCard format issue
  • Includes an improved Fritz!Box Adressbuch XML Template (Thanks to Lutz Bergmann)

2014-06-21 Version 1.9.4

  • Phone numbers that can not automatically be formatted are now exported unformatted. Previously, an empty value was returned.
  • Better support for multiple address books

2014-04-11 Version 1.9.3

  • Fixes a crash when parsing malformed contact data.
  • Fixes some GUI glitches in the XML format options panel.

2014-04-05 Version 1.9.2

  • New export template: Gmail Contacts CSV. It maps fields and labels as close as possible and supports automatic group assignment. Requires OS X 10.9.
  • The vCard export format now supports the CATEGORIES field.
  • Fixes an issue when saving the data file, which resulted in an error message saying that “the file does not exist”.
  • Dates in Excel files are now based on the 1904 date system.

2014-02-28 Version 1.9.1

  • Fixes an issue that prevented the app from launching when the preferred system language is not set to English or German.

2014-02-27 Version 1.9

  • Features a new Template Chooser with ready-made templates for many different formats
  • Phone numbers are now formatted by default. The format can be specified in the app preferences. This feature requires OS X 10.7 or newer.
  • Fixes an issue with social profile and message properties.

2013-12-10 Version 1.8.3

  • The “Address” field works correctly now with the “Primary” label.
  • Address fields like street, zip, etc., are part again of the default export template.

2013-10-25 Version 1.8.2

  • Excel Workbook export format: Fixed a compatibility issue with FileMaker and Numbers

2013-10-18 Version 1.8.1

  • New export field "Address" for exporting formatted street addresses incl. line breaks
  • Excel Workbook export format: Improved support for cells with multiple-lines content
  • CSV and TSV export formats: Improved support for year-less dates
  • Messaging and social profile fields with multiple identical labels are now exported correctly
  • You can now reset all “Don’t Ask Me” warnings

2013-02-26 Version 1.8

  • New export format: XML. Can optionally be transformed using custom XSLT pattern rules and templates.
  • "HTML Table" export format: You can now insert custom HTML code like CSS styles into the HTML header. Some issues with entity encoding were also fixed.

2012-10-23 Version 1.7.7

  • "Excel Workbook (.xlsx)" export format: Fixed a bug that caused some date values were exported as text.
  • Fixed a bug that could lead to a crash at launch.
  • Enhanced for the MacBook Pro with Retina display.
  • File names of exported vCards are now closer to the ones that "Contacts" does generate.

2012-08-01 Version 1.7.6

  • Labels of contacts with a MS Exchange Server origin are now marked with an "Exchange" suffix and label indices are now enclosed in parentheses to avoid naming conflicts. Adjust your existing templates, if necessary.
  • vCard-Export: Fixed an issue with multiple street addresses when they share the same label

2012-06-12 Version 1.7.5

  • Added quick menus to the "Add All" buttons for easier access to Address Book groups and fields.
  • Excel Workbook export format: Fixed an issue with Excel files with more than 701 columns

2012-04-18 Version 1.7.4

  • TSV and CSV export formats: Added support for additional text encoding formats.
  • "Excel Workbook" is now the default export format.

2011-12-23 Version 1.7.3

  • "Excel Workbook (.xlsx)" export format: Fixed a bug that caused that sometimes individual letters were not exported.

2011-12-21 Version 1.7.2

  • "Excel Workbook (.xlsx)" export format: Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel ;-) by filtering out bad characters
  • Fixed an issue that caused the app to crash on startup under certain circumstances

2011-09-20 Version 1.7.1

  • Added support for Social Network Profiles that were introduced in OS X 10.7.
  • "vCard (multiple entries)" export format: Fixed a bug that prevented the "Save As" panel from opening.
  • "Excel Workbook (.xlsx)" export format: Year-less dates are now displayed correctly in Excel.
  • Minor bug fixes

2011-06-29 Version 1.7

  • New export format: Excel Workbook (.xlsx). You no longer need to fiddle around with CSV files if you need to import your contacts into Excel, Numbers or FileMaker.
  • Minor changes and fixes.

2011-04-30 Version 1.6

  • Export Address Book requires now Mac OS X 10.6 or newer.
  • Export templates for common applications like Outlook, FileMaker, Excel are now available from within the application. Choose File > New from the menu bar.
  • Notes field: You can now limit the number of characters when exporting to a CSV file, TSV file or an HTML-Table.
  • Manually overridden column titles are now displayed in bold and are no longer changed to the default when changing the field type or label.
  • Minor bugfixes.

2010-10-30 Version 1.5.3

  • Improved stability in the vCard export module when using the "Primary" label

2010-08-16 Version 1.5.2

  • Exporting notes in vCards was broken on Mac OS X 1.6.x because of a changed behavior in one of the underlying system routines. As a consequence, ...
  • ... the vCard format 2.1 can’t be supported any longer :-/
  • Fixed an issue with "Name"/"Nomes" fields when the System’s primary language is set to Italian
  • Exporting preferred values for a group using distribution lists (via the "Primary" label) works now for vCards, too.
  • vCard Export Module only: Added support for exporting vCard pictures.

2009-09-28 Version 1.5.1

  • Fixed a bug where columns are exported twice when using the TSV export format.

2009-09-23 Version 1.5

  • Added support for Address Book's Distribution Lists feature. With the new "Primary" label you can now export the preferred email address, phone number or address field on a per-group basis. Works only if you add exactly one group to the "Address Book Items" list.
  • CSV export format: You can now specify the field separator.
  • CSV and TSV export format: You can now force every field to be enclosed in quotes.
  • CSV and TSV export format: You can now fill empty fields with a string of your choice.
  • The build-in Automator action is now compatible with Snow Leopard.
  • Fixed another issue where the export process could get stuck. It seems that contacts with custom labels that are named exactly as the built-in labels (work, home, other etc.) are causing problems. To make it easier to review those contacts they are now added to an on-the-fly generated group in Address Book.
  • Groups and contacts to export can now be added with the new People Picker panel or directly from Address Book via Drag ’n Drop.
  • Contact informations: Added support for exporting Creation Date, Modification Date, Phonetic First and Phonetic Last (Automator Action)

2007-12-27 Version 1.4.3

  • Contact informations: Added support for exporting Creation Date, Modification Date, Phonetic First and Phonetic Last (Application only)

2007-11-19 Version 1.4.2

  • Fixed an issue where the export process could get stuck when exporting contacts as vCards.

2007-10-29 Version 1.4.1

  • Export Address Book is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 aka Leopard.
  • The "Export" command can now be executed via AppleScript. This is useful if you want to automate the export but need another export format than TSV (the built-in Automator action can only export to a text file with tab-separated values).
  • You can now save the contents of any document as a default for new documents.
  • You can now decide how column titles for labelled fields shall be formed (label, field or field, label).
  • The "Replace line breaks in fields with:" function is now an option.
  • The people picker now has a second column to make it easier to choose contacts.
  • The built-in Automator action now writes files correctly in workflows saved as a "faceless" application.

2006-09-07 Version 1.3.1

  • Added French Localization. (Thanks go out to Jean-Pierre Loiselet)
  • Added support for the vCard 2.1 format.
  • You can now export the group(s) a contact belongs to.

2006-08-10 Version 1.3

  • You can now export your contacts as vCards (multiple files or one vCard with multiple entries). This allows you to create vCards without information which you want to keep private and makes it unnecessary to alter the original contact in Address Book. (Application only)
  • When you add contacts, you can now add (and store) references to groups instead of letting the application split up the group into their members. This means that you now are able to create documents which take care of changed group contents automatically. (Application only)
  • The display order of First name and Last name now follows the settings you have made in the Address Book Preferences. Note that this also affects how contacts are sorted. (Application only)
  • If you change a field type, the default column title will now be restored correctly for fields with custom titles.
  • If a field contains the string " (", this string isn't replaced anymore with the string that you have specified in the "Options" sheet. (Application only)
  • If a field has several entries with the same label, then this field is split into several fields now. For example, if you have a contact with two phone numbers which both are labeled with 'Home', these fields are accessible as 'Phone home' and 'Phone home 2'.
  • A permission problem was fixed that prevented the program from running on user accounts that have no administrator privileges.

2006-07-09 Version 1.2

  • UTF-16 Big Endian and UTF-16 Little Endian were added to the list of supported text encodings. The Automator action chooses the endianess automatically, depending on the architecture it runs on.
  • Contacts and contact information fields can now be rearranged or copied to another document via drag and drop. (Application only)
  • Basic help is now available via the Help menu (english and german only). (Application only)
  • Custom column titles are no longer restored to their default values if you select another row.

2006-06-27 Version 1.1

  • Two new export formats are available now (CSV and HTML Table). (Application only)
  • You can now specify the character(s) which line breaks in fields will be replaced with. (Application only)
  • You can now specify the line break format of the outputted file. (Application only)
  • The list of contact information fields is sortable now. (Application only)
  • A stupid bug was fixed which prevented from displaying an error message to the user if the export failed.
  • Contact informations: Notes can exported now.
  • International support works now. Field names and label names should now be presented in your System's primary language. In detail, all the languages Mac OS X ships with are now supported: English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese. At the moment, all other user interface elements are localized to English and German only.

2006-06-17 Version 1.0

  • Initial release.