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How to import contacts to gnome-contacts

asked 2016-03-02 13:06:19 -0500

florian gravatar image


I do have a few offline address books originating from several systems from several years and jobs, that I would like to merge in Gnome Contacts. Gnome Contacts does support various online address books but I am looking more for a solution to import offline files.

Any idea how to do so?

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And, no, I don't want to import all contacts into google and then sync them back into gnome contacts.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-02 16:02:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-03 18:25:50 -0500

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updated 2016-03-03 18:30:40 -0500

If you're willing to go through the Evolution email client, it shares its contact data with Contacts. There's an option in Evolution's contacts view to import address book files.

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GNOME Contacts, Calendar, To Do, etc. are all just different front-ends for Evolution Data Server. Once you add something to Evolution, it will appear in all the other apps and integrated throughout the GNOME Shell.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2016-03-03 21:08:12 -0500 )edit

Thanks @jtlinux. That's what I did. Installed Evolution, imported the all my cvs files that contained contacts from various old systems to several newly created address books. I could deinstall Evolution now but I may need to import my iphone contacts.

Does anyone actually know a nice way to regularly sync iphone contacts with the local Evolution Data Server?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-09 16:19:59 -0500 )edit

@Florian, yes, setup CardDAV in Evolution and on your phone.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2016-03-12 06:56:59 -0500 )edit

@Aeyon: Thanks, I'll give that a try. Any recommendation for an iOS app that enables CardDAV?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-12 11:49:36 -0500 )edit

@florian, CalDAV and CardDAV has been built-in to iOS and OS X for years! For Android, check the apps by this guy. I wrote up a nice little article about CalDAV/CardDAV in GNOME too.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2016-03-26 10:10:47 -0500 )edit

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