How Do I Export Contacts On a Mac?



This article provides guidance on how to export contact lists from Apple Contacts. Note: versions prior to 10.8 used address books instead of contacts.

  1. Open the Applications menu.Mac Applications Menu
  2. Select Contacts.Contacts Icon
  3. Select the contact list you would like to export wherever they are located. For example for me all my Contacts are found in my iCloud so I chose that. Perhaps yours are located right On Your Mac so you would select that.Contact List


  4. From the Contacts menu, select File, Export, then Export vCard… .Export File
  5. Give your file a descriptive name, then select the location where you would like to save it.Save Contacts
  6. To convert the contacts’ vCard to a Comma Separated Values (.csv) file, you will need to use a third-party converter.
  7. Using the converter, select the vCard file you saved in the previous step.Convert vCard to .CSV File
  8. For each of the two “Format:” drop down menus, select CSV and Comma, then check the Add header line box.Contacts Format Type
  9. Next to the “Filter:” field, make sure you leave these two boxes unchecked: the box labelled vCards with e-mail only and the box labelled vCards with phone numbers only.To finish the process, select convert to save the .csv file.
    • Note: Your .csv file will be saved in the Downloads folder.

    Contacts Filter Type