CSV to vCard Converter

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What is CSV?

  • CSV stands for "Comma-Separated Values."
  • It is a plain text file format used to store and exchange tabular data.
  • In a CSV file, each line represents a row of data, and the values within each row are separated by commas.
  • This format is commonly employed for its simplicity and ease of use in storing structured information, such as spreadsheet data or database exports.
  • CSV files are platform-independent and can be opened and edited with various software applications, making them a popular choice for data interchange between different systems and programs.
  • CSV files commonly use the ".csv" file extension.
  • The MIME type for CSV is "text/csv."

CSV Example:

Name, Age, Occupation
John Doe, 30, Engineer
Jane Smith, 25, Teacher
Bob Johnson, 35, Doctor

Advantages of Using CSV:

  • Human-Readable: CSV files are easy to read and understand, making them accessible to both technical and non-technical users.
  • Platform-Independent: CSV files can be used on various platforms, ensuring compatibility across different operating systems.
  • Simple Structure: The straightforward structure of CSV files simplifies data storage and retrieval processes.
  • Wide Application: CSV is widely used for tasks such as data import/export, data migration, and sharing structured information.

Read More:

Explore more about CSV on Wikipedia.

What is VCF?

  • VCF stands for "vCard File" or "Virtual Contact File."
  • It is a standardized electronic business card format.
  • VCF files typically contain contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and more.
  • This format is widely used for sharing and exchanging contact details between devices and applications.
  • VCF files often have the ".vcf" file extension.
  • The MIME type for VCF is "text/vcard."

VCF Example:

BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
FN:John Doe
ORG:Company Inc.
TEL:+123456789
EMAIL:john.doe@email.com
END:VCARD

Advantages of Using VCF:

  • Compatibility: VCF files are widely supported by various platforms, making them compatible for sharing contact information across different devices and applications.
  • Standardized Format: The vCard format is standardized, ensuring consistency and interoperability in storing and exchanging contact details.
  • Rich Information: VCF files can store a variety of contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and more.
  • Easy Import/Export: VCF files can be easily imported into and exported from contact management applications, simplifying the process of managing and sharing contact information.

Read More:

Explore more about VCF on Wikipedia.

How to Convert CSV to VCF?

  • Step 1: Enter Text or Upload File - Begin by providing your data in CSV format. You can either type it in manually or upload a CSV file containing the information you want to convert to VCF. Ensure that the CSV file adheres to the required structure for accurate conversion.
  • Step 2: Click the 'Convert' Button - Once your CSV data is ready, click the 'Convert' button. This activates the system to transform your CSV information into a VCF format, maintaining the integrity and structure of the original data.
  • Step 3: Copy Result Data or Download File - After the conversion is complete, you have choices. Copy the resulting VCF data for immediate use, or click 'Download' to save the VCF file on your device. This allows you to conveniently access and share the converted data as needed.

Converted VCF Output:

BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
UID:f8e0bd14-57a3-4a8c-89a0-34794eb971f7
FN:Aimee
EMAIL;TYPE=HOME:Mckenna_Toy24@yahoo.com
ADR;TYPE=HOME:698 Rohan Pine
TEL;TYPE=CAR:262-665-9227 x945
URL:https://ethical-developmental.com
TITLE:Mechanical Engineer
ORG:Hegmann - Lueilwitz
BDAY:20100928
END:VCARD
BEGIN:VCARD
VERSION:3.0
UID:b089c817-3ef4-4d21-84f5-1b8c17ef65b4
FN:Laverne
ADR;TYPE=BILL:417 Lillian Locks
EMAIL;TYPE=ADDITIONAL:Eloy46@gmail.com
TEL;TYPE=VIDEO:520-581-7516 x007
URL:https://outlying-lamb.org/
TITLE:Software Engineer
ORG:Conn - Leuschke
BDAY:19950429
END:VCARD

CSV to VCF (vCard) FAQs

1. How does the CSV to VCF conversion work on ConversionTab?

The CSV to VCF conversion feature on ConversionTab allows users to seamlessly transform CSV data into VCF (vCard) format, commonly used for contact information storage. Users have two input options: 'Text' and 'File.'

2. What are the input options for CSV data?

ConversionTab offers users two convenient ways to input their CSV data:

  • Text Tab: Users can manually enter CSV data as a valid string in this tab.
  • File Tab: Users can upload their CSV file through the 'Drop/Browse File' feature, making it easy to work with existing data.

Furthermore, users have the option to specify custom settings such as the number of lines to skip and the field separator, allowing for precise data parsing.

3. What happens after entering CSV data?

Upon entering CSV data, users are directed to the 'Output Options' section, where the crucial process of mapping CSV columns to vCard fields takes place. Accurate mapping is essential for ensuring that the resulting vCard file contains the desired contact information.

4. What are the special requirements for mapping Email, Phone, and Address?

Mapping Email, Phone, and Address columns involves specific requirements to achieve correct conversions:

  • Email: Users must select both the column type (e.g., Email Home) and the corresponding vCard field (e.g., Email). This ensures that the email address is correctly categorized.
  • Phone: Similar to Email, Phone mapping requires users to specify both the column type (e.g., Phone Home) and the desired vCard field (e.g., Tel).
  • Address: Address mapping involves assigning the column type (e.g., Address Home) to the appropriate vCard field (e.g., ADR).

These specific mappings ensure that contact details are accurately represented in the vCard format.

5. What is the 'Include' column?

The 'Include' column is a crucial part of the conversion process. It provides a checkbox for each vCard field. Users can check or uncheck these checkboxes to control whether specific vCard fields are included or excluded in the resulting vCard file. This gives users full control over which information is included based on their preferences.

6. What are the auto-mapped columns and their formats?

ConversionTab provides the convenience of auto-mapped columns and their corresponding formats:

#VCF FieldMappingFormat
0UIDUIDUnique Identifier
1TITLETitleTitle of Contact
2FNFull NameFull Name of Contact
3TELPhone VoiceVoice Phone Number
4NNName Components
5EMAILEmail WorkEmail Address (Work)
6CATEGORIESCATEGORIESContact Categories
7ADRAddress HomeHome Address
8URLURLWebsite URL
9NOTENOTEAdditional Notes
10ORGOrganizationOrganization Name
11BDAYBirthdayDate of Birth (YYYYMMDD)
12GENDERGENDERGender Information
13ROLEROLEContact's Role
14IMPPIMPPInstant Messaging Protocol
15GEOGEOGeographical Coordinates

This auto-mapping simplifies the conversion process by recognizing and configuring common columns automatically.

7. How can I handle multi-valued fields like multiple email addresses?

For multi-valued fields, such as multiple email addresses, ConversionTab provides two methods:

  • Combine in a Single Column: Users can include multiple values in a single column, separating them using a specified separator (e.g., Email 1, Email 2, Email 3).
  • Add Rows: Alternatively, users can click the '+' button to add additional rows for each value. The '-' button allows users to remove incorrect mappings or unwanted rows.

This flexibility ensures that multi-valued fields are handled efficiently.

8. How do I get the VCF output?

Once the mapping and settings are complete, users can initiate the conversion process by clicking the 'Convert' button. The resulting VCF data is displayed in a textarea, providing users with two options:

  • Copy: Users can copy the generated VCF data for use elsewhere.
  • Download: Users can download the VCF file, with the option to specify a custom file name if desired.

This flexibility ensures that users can choose the most suitable method for accessing their converted data.

9. Is there an example CSV and a way to reset the input/output data?

ConversionTab provides additional features to enhance the user experience:

  • Example CSV: Users can access a sample CSV by clicking the 'Example' button, which populates the text area with sample data, making it easier to understand the conversion process.
  • Reset Functionality: To clear input and output data, users can utilize the 'Clear' button, ensuring a clean slate for new conversions or adjustments.

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