"Contacts" database is located where?

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  1. Yukon Jack macrumors member

    May 14, 2010
    I want to rebuild a corrupt Contacts (Address Book) database from scratch and would be thankful to anyone who can provide me with that path. I have used Spotlight and a couple of 3rd party file search tools using "contacts" and "addressbook" as search terms and cannot find any file that resembles a database. I've also used a couple of app delete apps that supposedly find every file associated with the app you want to delete and their list doesn't provide any help. All of the files that show up as related are <100 KB in size.

    I'm comfortable using Terminal if there's a particular command that will help locate this file.

    Many thanks,

  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Here's the path, but you're going to need to do some digging from there as it's difficult to determine which one of those files comprises the data base. It would be easier if the system allowed the "contacts.app" to be removed and re-installed, but it's locked.

    Macintosh HD/Users/your user name/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/
  3. Yukon Jack thread starter macrumors member

    May 14, 2010
    @ chscag:

    Finally something I can deal with. I was looking at those files earlier but for some reason I thought the contacts were stored in an SQL-like database.db and nothing like that turned up in all my searches.

    So building on your advice, I opened Contacts and created a new card, then quit. I went to that folder to see which files had a new modified date close in time. I made a backup by zipping those files, then deleted the originals, logged out, logged back in, and it's so wonderful, all I can see are those from the iCloud. The second set of duplicate contacts, which apparently were part of "All (null)" (whatever that means) and were causing duplicate entries, has disappeared.

    Many grateful thanks to you. You've helped end several weeks of frustration with Contacts.


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