How to Convert vCard to CSV on Mac and Windows: 4 Easy Ways

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Rosa Reyes
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This article will show you how to convert VCF to CSV on Mac and Windows PC easily.

vCard (with the extension .vcf) is also known as VCF (Virtual Contact File). It’s a standard file format for storing contact information. A single vCard can contain one or multiple contacts. Sometimes there are situations where you need to convert VCF to CSV (Comma-Separated Values) format:

  • Some apps or services supports importing contact information from CSV files but not vCards.
  • CSV files are easier to be edit, especially when butch editing or searching contacts.
  • Users are allowed to define the field mappings in CSV files, but this is not supported in VCF.

So how to do it? In this article, I will show you 4 easy ways to get the job done easily

 

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

If you are a Mac user, you can easily convert VCF to CSV and other common formats using Cisdem ContactsMate, the best contact manager app for Mac. This app allows you to do the conversion with ease and customizability. With this app, you can also convert one or multiple vCards to CSV at a time.

Below are the steps.

1. Download and install ContactsMate.

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2. The first time you open it, click OK in the message that appears.

a message with an OK button

3. In the sidebar on the left, control-click On My Mac and choose New Group.

control-clicking On My Mac brings up the New Group option along with other options

4. Control-click the created new group and choose Import. Select one or multiple VCF files to import.

5. Control-click the new group and choose Export.

control-clicking the new group brings up the Export option along with other options

6. To convert VCF to CSV on Mac, select CSV or CSV (Outlook) as the output format. Click Save.

a dialog showing export settings where CSV is selected as the output format

In step 6, you can customize the conversion if needed.

  • Choose which fields to export: There are three options in total: All Fields, Valid Fields, and Custom Fields. You can specify which fields in the vCard to export to the CSV file.clicking the Field dropdown menu bringing up three options
  • Choose how the contact name is displayed: By default, the exported CSV file will display the contact name in one column. You can set it to display the name in two columns: First Name and Last Name.

Now your VCF file is converted to CSV successfully. You can open the exported CSV file to check the conversion result. You will find that each piece of contact information (such as name or address) is in the column that it should be in.

To convert VCF to Excel, just select Excel as the out format in step 6.

Once the conversion is done, you may want to delete the new group created in step 3 and the contacts within it. To do this, click the new group in the sidebar, select all contacts there, press the Delete key and click the Delete button. Or, click the new group in the sidebar again, press the Delete key and click the Delete button.

Also read: How to Export Mac Contacts to CSV and Excel with 1 Click

 

Method 2. How to change VCF to CSV in Windows with Windows Contacts

If you are a Windows user, this method is for you. Included in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 and Vista, Windows Contacts can help you with the conversion, because its Export feature supports the CSV format. This method is easy. However, without knowing a trick, you will find that this method cannot work. I’ll tell you what the trick is.

1. On your PC, right-click the VCF file. Choose Open with > Windows Contacts.

2. Click Add to my contacts, in the window that appears. Click OK, and then click OK again.

a window showing an Add to my contacts button, and OK button, and contact information

3. On the taskbar, click the search icon Windows search icon. Search for wab.exe. Click wab.exe, which will open Windows Contacts.

searching for wab.exe

4. You will find the contact you just added. It has the .contact file extension. Select this contact.

Windows Contacts interface showing that a contact is selected

5. Click the Export option. Choose CSV in the dialog that appears. Click Export.

6. Choose a location to save the CSV. Click Next. Give it a name. Click Save.

7. Select the fields you wish to export. Click Finish.

When the conversion is complete, a message will appear to inform you.

If you directly move the VCF file to Windows Contacts and then do the conversion, you won’t succeed. The trick is to add the VCF file to Windows Contacts first. The Export feature only works with files with the .contact extension.

If your VCF file has multiple contacts, you need to add them one by one in step 2. And they will appear as individual contacts in Windows Contacts. If you select them all in step 4, you can convert them into a single CSV file.

 

Method 3. How to convert VCF to CSV on Mac and Windows with Google Contacts

Google Contacts is a web-based contact management tool from Google. It offers a number of useful features and can help you convert VCF to CSV on Mac and Windows computer. Note that using Google Contacts requires you to have a Gmail account.

The downside of this method is that you can only convert one vCard at a time. If there are many vCards, this method is not efficient. Another downside is that you can’t convert a lot of contacts at a time. In my testing, I tried converting a vCard file containing 500 contacts. It failed.

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1. In your browser, go to https://contacts.google.com/.

2. Sign in with your Gmail account.

3. In the Fix and manage section, click Import.

4. Click Select file, select the VCF file you want to convert. You can click the No label button and create a label for these imported VCF. This separates the contacts you originally had and allows you to remove all contacts in this label label directly after the conversion.

5. Click Open. Click Import.

the Import contacts dialog showing the Select file button along with other buttons

6. In the Labels section, you’ll see the label you just created. Click it and click the Export icon the export icon in the upper-right part of the page.

6. Click the down arrow icon. In the Labels section, choose the contacts you just imported.

7. Select Google CSV or Outlook CSV as the export format.

8. Click Export.

the Export contacts dialog showing three export formats, including CSV

9. Select Finder from the Mac Dock or File Explorer from the Windows taskbar. By default, the exported CSV file will be located in the Downloads folder.

Tip: Differences between Google CSV and Outlook CSV format.

In step 7, when exporting contacts from Google contacts, it will ask you to select Google CSV or Outlook CSV. If you want to import the contacts into Outlook, choose Outlook CSV. If not, you can compare the following differences between these 2 formats and choose the right option for you:

  • Google CSV uses Unicode to preserve international characters while Outlook CSV doesn’t support these characters.
  • Google CSV usually contains these fields: Name, Given Name, Family Name, Name Prefix, Name Suffix, Birthday, Gender, Location, Occupation, etc.
  • Outlook CSV usually contains these fields: First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Title, Suffix, Initials, Web Page, Gender, Birthday, Anniversary, etc.

 

Method 4. How to use an online converter to convert vCard to CSV on Mac and PC

There are also free online tools dedicated to converting VCF file to CSV or Excel. 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 also provides users with customizability. However, it doesn’t support VCF files that are larger than 8 MB.

  1. In your browser, 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. Click Open.
  4. Choose CSV or Gmail (CSV) as the output format.
  5. Choose to use Comma to separate values.
  6. Select the Add header line checkbox.
  7. Click convert.

As mentioned, there’s customizability. This converter provides three options to separate values: Tab, Semicolon, and Comma. But if you choose the option Tab or Semicolon, all contact information (such first name, last name, email address and mobile phone) will appear in the first column in the exported CSV file, which is likely to make this CSV file invalid when you import it to an app or service. The option Comma is recommended.

Another converter available is https://www.aconvert.com/document/vcf-to-csv/. In addition to CSV, it enables you to convert VCF to Excel.

 

Tip: How to view and check the exported CSV file

Once the conversion is complete, you can check the conversion result. You can view the exported CSV file using a spreadsheet or database management app like the following ones.

  • Microsoft Excel 365
  • LibreOffice
  • OpenOffice Calc
  • Apple Numbers

One of the most common reasons to convert a VCF file to a CSV file is to be able to import the contact information stored in this VCF to an app or service that supports CSV but not VCF. If so, you need to make sure that that exported CSV file is valid for import.

  • Make sure that each piece of contact information (like name, email address or phone number) is displayed in a separate column.
  • Make sure that each column has an appropriate heading.contact information properly displayed in a CSV file
  • If the CSV file completely fails to import, or if the contact information isn’t imported in the way you want, you need to edit the CSV file. For example, you may need to edit the headings.

The good news is that the methods talked about in this article provide good conversion results.

 

Conclusion

This article talks about how to convert VCF to CSV on Mac and Windows in different ways. Thanks to the conversion, the contact data in a VCF file can be opened in a spreadsheet app or text editor and be used in many apps or services. The first two methods can work offline. The last two methods require the Internet connection. If you want to convert large vCards or convert multiple vCards at once, the first method is the best choice.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • C.M.

    Hey there! Just finished reading your awesome article on converting vCards to CSV. Loved the variety of methods you covered! Quick question: have you come across any challenges or limitations with any of these methods, especially when dealing with large vCard files? Thanks for the helpful tips!

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