How to Export Mac Contacts to CSV and Excel with 1 Click

2020-02-21 03:28:43 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This article will show you how to export Mac contacts to CSV file with super ease. Built-in to macOS, Contacts, formerly known as Address Book, is free and easy to use. However, in many cases, it’s not useful enough. For example, you can’t export contacts from Mac Contacts to CSV because Contacts only supports vCard as the export format. If you need to export Mac contacts to spreadsheet but have no idea how to do it, then please just read on.

How to export Mac contacts to CSV directly

You can easily export contacts from Mac Contacts to CSV, Excel and other formats with Cisdem ContactsMate. In addition, ContactsMate also offers the following features.

  • Export and convert contacts to CSV, vCard, text, Word, HTML, Excel, Numbers, and Pages
  • Import contacts from vCard and CSV files
  • Sync contacts with iCloud, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo and other services
  • Allow you to easily view, search, create, edit, tag, group and manage contacts
  • Find and delete or merge duplicate contacts on Mac, iCloud, iPhone, Outlook, etc.
  • Scan for and fix errors like incomplete name, invalid character, blank name, etc.
  • Allow you to back up and restore contacts with 1 click
  • Compatible with macOS 10.11 or later, including 10.15

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Export Mac contacts to CSV directly in 3 easy steps

Step 1. Download and install ContactsMate. When you launch the app for the first time, it will ask you for access to your contacts on Mac. Click OK.

access permission

Step 2. In the app, select the contacts or the contact group (e.g. On My Mac) that you want to export, click the Export button in the toolbar.

click Export

Step 3. In the new window that appears, click the Options button in the bottom left corner. Click the Format dropdown list and select CSV. Click Save.

Options button

It’s that easy. You can use the same steps to export Mac contacts to Excel.

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1. How to convert ABBU to CSV

Above is to how export Mac Contacts to CSV. If you need to convert an archive file (.abbu) to CSV spreadsheet, just follow the following steps.

Step 1. Import the archive file to your Mac Contacts app. And the imported contacts will be automatically synced to ContactsMate.

import a file

Step 2. Follow the 3-step guide above.

2. How to export Apple iPhone Contacts to CSV

Step 1. To export Apple contacts to CSV from iPhone, tap settings on your iPhone (or iPad).

Step 2. Tap your name. Tap iCloud. Now you will see a list of apps that use the service.

Step 3. Toggle on the switch next to Contacts. Now your contacts will sync between iPhone and iCloud.

Step 4. In ContactsMate, click the Add Account button. Click iCloud and sign in to it. Select the checkbox before Contacts. Relaunch the app.

Step 5. Now you should find your iPhone contacts. You can export them using the guide mentioned above.

#3 How to remove duplicates before you export contacts to CSV

Step 1. Select a contact group. Click the Scan button in the toolbar. It will start look for duplicates.

Step 2. Once the process is finished, the Conflict Resolution window will pop up.

Step 3. There are different solutions provided for different types of duplicate contacts. For example, you can choose to edit, merge, ignore or delete them.

In addition, this app can also meet your other contact management needs. It provides a free trial and free lifetime upgrades.

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A video tutorial

Here’s a video on how to use the app.

How to Export Mac Contacts to CSV and Excel with Free Tool

There is another way to export Mac contacts to CSV, which is, however, a bit complicated though. If you have no claims for high performance, or you only use it less than a few times. This way might be adoptable.

Step 1. Export the contacts to vCard.

Open your Contacts (Application > Contacts). Select the contacts you want to export and click File > Export > Export vCard. Then contacts will be exported as vCard file and saved automatically on your Mac.

Step 2. Convert vCard to CSV

Use a third-party tool to convert vCard to CSV. Here I used an online vCard to LDIF/CSV Converter. Click “Choose File” to upload the vCard file and choose the output format as CSV, then click “Convert” button. After the conversion is done, You'll find the converted file in the "Downloads" folder on your Mac. You can open the file with Excel for further usage. Please notice this online tool has a strict volume limit of no more than 8 MB.

It’s not so easy to find a free and easy-to-use vCard to CSV converter. There are too many limitations for the free one. If you have many contacts need to manage or you are a business man with expectation of managing the contacts well and efficiently. I recommend you make a try of the Cisdem ContactsMate. Comparing with the convenience and efficiency it can bring to you, the cost is nothing at all. And you can make a trial of free version to verify if it is deserving or not.

Benefit of exporting Mac Contacts to CSV

Why do we export Apple contacts to CSV? CSVs look like a garden-variety spreadsheet but with a .csv extension (Traditionally they take the form of a text file containing information separated by commas, hence the name). CSV files can be used with any spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel, Open Office Calc, or Google Spreadsheets. What is the advantage when we export our Mac/Apple contacts to CSV?

CSV as a general and relatively simple file format is widely used in business and science field because that large number of programs all support CSV variant. It has been a widely-used text file formats. After exporting your contacts in this format, you can easily import them into lots of other programs or services. For example, by doing so, you are able to batch edit your contacts in Excel, which is super effective.


Are you looking for an easy way to export Mac contacts to CSV file? Hopefully this article is helpful. If the built-in Contacts app is not versatile enough, you can consider getting a more powerful app. The app recommended in the article supports up to 8 export formats and provides both basic and advanced contact management features.

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