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Export Contacts from Mac Mail to CSV

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    Understanding the intricacies of managing your digital address book is essential in a world where connectivity is key. Exporting Contacts from Mac Mail to a CSV file not only facilitates seamless data manipulation and backup but also enhances data portability across various platforms. Whether you require batch editing capabilities in a spreadsheet or need to integrate your contact list with services incompatible with vCard, a CSV file proves to be a versatile and invaluable format. On this informative page, we'll delve into the basics of what Contacts from Mac Mail are, guide you through the process of exporting these contacts to a CSV file, explore practical use cases for such exports, introduce an alternative solution using Sourcetable for those seeking more advanced management, and address common questions about the entire export process.

    What is Contacts from Mac Mail?

    Contacts from Mac Mail is an application for macOS designed to help users manage their personal and professional contacts. This versatile application supports the addition of contacts from various sources such as iCloud and Google, enabling users to consolidate their contact information in one convenient location. Not only can individuals be added, but companies can also be included, providing a comprehensive contact management system.

    Within the application, users have the capability to import contacts, update existing contact information, and delete contacts they no longer need. Additionally, Contacts from Mac Mail offers the creation and management of both standard lists and smart lists, along with the ability to edit distribution lists for group communications.

    Users can readily view their contacts' details, and the application offers direct communication options like texting, calling, or emailing right from the interface. Moreover, practical integrations are available, such as displaying contacts' birthdays in the Calendar app and showing addresses on a map. Sharing contacts, printing various contact-related documents, and utilizing convenient Contacts widgets are among the many features that enhance the user experience.

    Contacts from Mac Mail also provides advanced features such as linking contacts from different accounts, merging contact cards to eliminate duplicates, and exporting or archiving contact data for backup or transfer purposes. The application is customizable, allowing users to tailor it to their preferences, including changing the contact card template, sorting methods, and contact pictures. With its comprehensive set of features, Contacts from Mac Mail serves as a robust tool for contact management on macOS.

    Exporting Contacts from Mac Mail to CSV

    Using Contacts App and a Converter

    To export contacts from Mac Mail for use with services that require CSV format, start by opening the Contacts app on your Mac. This app stores all your Mac contacts and was previously known as the Address Book. Once you have the Contacts app open, select the contact list you wish to export.

    After choosing your contact list, go to the File menu at the top of the screen and click on 'Export'. From the export options, select 'Export vCard' and proceed to choose a location on your Mac to save the vCard files. After saving the files, you will need to convert these vCard files into CSV format using a converter tool since the Contacts app natively does not support direct export to CSV.

    Using Cisdem ContactsMate for Direct Export

    If you prefer a direct export to CSV format, consider using Cisdem ContactsMate. This tool is capable of exporting contacts from Mac Contacts directly to CSV or Excel, among other formats. It supports various services including iCloud, Exchange, and Google. With ContactsMate, you can also import contacts from CSV and vCard files, and manage your contacts by viewing, searching, creating, editing, grouping, tagging, sharing, printing, and syncing.

    To export to CSV using ContactsMate, launch the application and select the contacts you wish to export. Then, using the app's export feature, choose CSV as your desired format. ContactsMate allows you to export to eight different formats, CSV being one of them. It also provides functionalities such as backing up and restoring contacts with a single click as well as finding and deleting or merging duplicate contacts. However, remember that Cisdem ContactsMate is not available for Windows, so this solution is specific to Mac users.

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    Import Contacts Directly from Mac Mail with Sourcetable

    Utilizing Sourcetable introduces a seamless approach to importing your contacts from Mac Mail directly into a dynamic spreadsheet environment. This innovative platform surpasses traditional methods, such as exporting to CSV, by offering real-time synchronization with your live data. With Sourcetable, you can effortlessly automate the process of integrating your contacts into a singular, easily-queryable location.

    One of the distinct advantages of Sourcetable is its ability to streamline workflows by eliminating the need for manual exports. By connecting directly to Mac Mail, Sourcetable ensures that your contact list is always up-to-date, providing an accurate and efficient solution for managing your data. Additionally, its user-friendly spreadsheet interface is designed for simplicity, making it accessible for users of all skill levels seeking to enhance their business intelligence capabilities.

    Common Use Cases

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      Use case 1: Sharing contact information with others who may not be using Mac Mail
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      Use case 2: Importing contacts onto a different computer or email client
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      Use case 3: Creating a backup of contacts in a universal format for archival purposes
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      Use case 4: Excluding personal information such as photos and notes before sharing contact details
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      Use case 5: Transferring contact information to spreadsheet applications for further data manipulation or analysis

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I export contacts from Mac Mail directly to CSV format?

    No, Mac Mail contacts are stored in the Contacts app, and the Contacts app does not support direct export to CSV. However, you can use Numbers to export contacts to CSV or use a tool like Cisdem ContactsMate to export Apple contacts to CSV.

    What are the steps to export contacts from Mac Mail using Numbers?

    To export contacts from Mac Mail using Numbers, first open the Contacts app on your Mac, select the contacts you wish to export, and export them as a vCard file. Then, use Numbers to open the vCard file and export to CSV format.

    Is there a way to export only selected contacts from the Contacts app to a CSV file?

    Yes, you can export selected contacts from the Contacts app. After selecting the specific contacts, you can export them as a vCard and then use Numbers to convert them to CSV format. Alternatively, Cisdem ContactsMate allows for exporting selective contacts directly to CSV.

    What is Cisdem ContactsMate, and how does it relate to exporting contacts to CSV?

    Cisdem ContactsMate is a tool for macOS that supports exporting contacts from sources like Mac Contacts, iCloud, Exchange, and Google. It allows you to export contacts to various formats including CSV, and it offers features like viewing, editing, grouping, and finding duplicates. It's available for macOS 10.11 and later.

    How can I ensure that I don't share certain fields when exporting my contacts to a CSV file?

    When using Numbers or Cisdem ContactsMate to export your contacts to CSV, be careful to review the fields you are exporting. Both applications allow for exporting custom fields, so you can opt not to include specific fields you do not wish to share.


    To efficiently manage and organize your contacts, exporting from Mac Mail to a CSV file is a streamlined process when using the Contacts and Numbers apps. Begin by opening the Contacts app and selecting your contacts, then export them as a vCard file, which can then be converted to CSV format using Numbers. It's advisable to exclude personal details like photos and notes during this process to maintain privacy. While this method is effective, Sourcetable offers an even more direct approach, allowing you to import your data straight into a spreadsheet, bypassing the need for conversion. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and simplify your contact management today.

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