How to Convert vCard to CSV on Mac: 3 Easy Ways

Jose Henline
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This article will show you how to convert VCF to CSV on Mac easily.

vCard is a standard file format for storing contact information. Since vCard has two file extensions: .vcard or .vcf, it is also known as VCF (Virtual Contacts File). Mac’s Contacts app can import and export VCF files. However, sometimes there are situations where you need to convert VCF to a more common format like CSV (Comma-Separated Values). 

On a Mac computer, there isn’t a built-in feature or tool that can be used for this task. But don’t worry. It’s actually not difficult to convert VCF to CSV on Mac. This article collects three easiest methods to convert VCF to CSV on Mac. That way, you will get a CSV file in a spreadsheet from a VCF file.

 

Method 1. How to convert VCF to CSV on Mac with ContactsMate

You can easily convert VCF to CSV and other common formats using Cisdem ContactsMate, the best contact manager app for Mac. This application allows you to convert VCF to a CSV file at ease.

Generally, a single vCard can contain one or many contacts. With this app, you can effortlessly convert one or multiple vCards to CSV at once.

Easy steps on how to Convert VCF to CSV on Mac with ContactsMate

  1. Download Cisdem ContactsMate and launch it. 

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  1. The first time you open it, click OK to access Mac contacts.click OK
  2. Control-click On My Mac > Add a Group > select the New Group.add a new group
  3. Click Import in the toolbar and select one or multiple VCF files. Drag the imported contacts from Latest Import into New Group.
  4. Control-click the New Group and choose Export.
  5. To convert VCF to CSV on Mac, select CSV as the output format.
  6. Click Save. Your VCF file on Mac are converted to CSV successfully.

Now you can open the exported CSV file and check the conversion result. CSV file format can be opened by almost all spreadsheets and database management applications like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, LibreOffice Calc.Now you can open the exported CSV file with software such as Excel and check the conversion result.

Tips

  • In Step 4 and Step 5, you can also import vCards for conversion by dragging them into the new group. Make sure that you select the new group in the sidebar before dragging.dragging
  • Here’s how to delete the New Group created in Step 3 and the contacts in the VCF file. Control-click the group in the sidebar and choose Delete directly. Then, the imported contacts from VCF file are removed.
    delete new group
  • To convert VCF to Excel, select Excel as the export format in Step 7.
  • If the contacts you deal with are from your Mac Contacts app, then no conversion is needed. This method allows you to directly convert Mac contacts to CSV.

Method 2. How to convert VCF to CSV on Mac with Google Contacts

Google Contacts is a web-based contact management tool from Google. The tool works well as long as you have a Gmail account. It offers a number of useful features and can help you convert VCF to CSV on Mac. 

The best thing is that this method is available for both Mac and Windows users. But the downside is that your Gmail contacts will get mixed up with contacts in the VCF files. If you don’t mind this, you can follow the steps below to convert VCF to CSV on Mac.

Steps on how to convert VCF to CSV on Mac with Google Contacts

  1. Open your web browser and go to https://contacts.google.com/.
  2. Sign in to Google Contacts using your Gmail account.
  3. On the left panel, click Import.
  4. Click Select file, choose a VCF file and click Open.
  5. Under the Labels , find the imported contacts (labeled with the date of import).
  6. On the left panel, click Export.
  7. From the drop-down list, choose the imported contacts. 
  8. Choose Google CSV or Outlook CSV as the target format. Click Export.
    export vcf to csv via google

This method can only handle one VCF file at a time. You can’t select multiple VCF files in Step 4. If you have two or more vCards to convert, you need to do it one by one and repeat the steps above.

Another point that you need to note is that the size of vCard file should be under 20 MB. Otherwise, the file couldn’t be converted to CSV.

Method 3. How to use an online converter to convert vCard to CSV on Mac

There are also free online tools dedicated to converting VCF file to CSV or Excel on Mac. The web page https://tribulant.com/vcard-csv/ is one of them. This VCF to CSV converter is free to use and easily accessible. It offers three output formats: CSV, Gmail (CSV) and LDIF. When converting VCF to CSV, it lets you choose to separate values with tab, semicolon or comma. 

This vCard to CSV converter is easy to use, providing you with the options that you may need. Note that it doesn’t support files that are larger than 8 MB. Below are steps on how to convert vCard to CSV on Mac using an online converter.

Steps on How to convert VCF to CSV on Mac with an online converter

  1. Go to https://tribulant.com/vcard-csv/.
  2. Click Choose File.click Choose File
  3. Select the vCard file that you’re going to convert.
  4. Choose CSV as the output format.
  5. Choose to use Comma to separate values.
  6. (Optional but recommended) Enable Add header line.
  7. Click convert to convert VCF to CSV on Mac.

In Step 5, if you choose the option Tab or Semicolon, all data (such first name, last name, email address, mobile phone, etc.) will appear in one single column, which may cause inconvenience.

Another good choice is https://www.aconvert.com/document/vcf-to-csv/. In addition to vCard, it enables you to convert VCF to Excel. It also offers an informative comparison between the VCF format and the CSV format.

VCF vs. CSV

After reading the instructions above, you must have a clear mind of how to convert VCF to CSV on Mac. For your convenience, we provide you a comparison chart between VCF and CSV. You can learn more about the two commonly used formats.

 

VCF

CSV

Full Name

Virtual Contact File

Comma Separated Values

File Extension

.vcf, .vcard

.csv

Introduction

VCF, also know as vCard, is a standard file format for electronic business cards. VCF files are plain and store contacts information, including name, phone number, address, email, image, etc.

A CSV file is a delimited text file that uses a comma to separate values. It looks like a spreadsheet and can contain thousands of lines with different fields. Since CSV files are enable to store large contacts information, they are commonly used to exchange data for individuals and companies.

How to open on Mac

On a Mac, vCard Explorer and Address Book can open, view and edit VCF files.

CSV files can be used by many spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Spreadsheets.

Contacts app on Mac

Contacts app on Mac an export and import vCards.

Contacts app on Mac doesn’t support CSV files.

Bonus tip: How to convert ABBU to CSV

ABBU is a special file format by Apple. Some Mac users would also like to know how to convert ABBU to CSV. First, you need to import ABBU file to Mac’s Contacts app and then convert to CSV file by using one of the VCF to CSV converters for Mac.

But you should absolutely be cautious with this. When you try to import an ABBU file, Contacts app will give you a warning. Carefully read the warning and then decide if you are going to continue. If your Contacts app is empty or if you have a reliable backup of your current Contacts data, you can try this tip.

warning

Conclusion

Some platforms and apps require CSV format. Above are the three common ways to convert VCF to CSV on Mac. If you want to easily get the conversion done and effectively manage your contacts, Cisdem ContactsMate is definitely the best solution. It allows you to convert multiple VCF files to CSV at a time and convert Mac vCard to Excel, PDF, HTML, TXT, Numbers. In comparison, converting VCF to CSV with Google Contacts or Online converters can only export one VCF file to CSV at a time, and they are more available for VCF files with small size.

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Jose specializes in reviews, how-to guides, top lists, etc. on PDF, data recovery and multi-media. On his spare time, he likes to travel or challenge some extreme sports.

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