Can I back uP cOntacts in on file with Ifile

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  2., Mar 23, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013 macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2011
    All your Address Contacts are stored in this single (database) file:

    If you want to back up contacts images too, you can backup the entire AddressBook folder.

    If you want to read its content, you can export it to csv. I did it this way (in Windows 7):
    - copy AddressBook.sqlitedb to C:\temp\ (e.g.)
    - download sqlite3 command-line shell (from and extract zip file in C:\temp\
    - open a Command Prompt and write (omit the "sqlite>" string):

    cd /d c:\temp
    sqlite3.exe AddressBook.sqlitedb
    sqlite> .mode csv
    sqlite> .output mycontacts.csv
    sqlite> SELECT ROWID, ABPerson.prefix,ABPerson.suffix, ABPerson.first,ABPerson.middle,ABPerson.last, ABMultiValue.value, ABPerson.note, ABPerson.nickname, ABPerson.organization, ABPerson.department, ABPerson.jobtitle, ABPerson.birthday from ABPerson,ABMultiValue where ABMultiValue.record_id=ABPerson.ROWID;
    sqlite> .quit

    Now you can open mycontacts.csv with Excel. I had a problem with my Italian Excel and had to replace all "," inside csv file to ";" (damn you Microsoft), before having it working.

    Drop here a line if this was useful to you.

    [EDIT 2012-03-23_09.53]
    For avoiding Excel from considering phone numbers as "numbers" I renamend .csv file to .txt. Choose Open in Excel and it will ask you for some questions. Be careful that in step 3 you need to choose "Text" manually for each column

    [EDIT 2013-02-17_11.54]
    I used my own guide again today, and found out a little mistake (there was a double "select"), which I corrected.

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