JSON to vCard Converter

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What is JSON?

  • JSON stands for "JavaScript Object Notation."
  • It is a lightweight data-interchange format.
  • JSON is easy for humans to read and write and easy for machines to parse and generate.
  • It is widely used for data exchange between a server and a web application, as well as for configuration files.
  • JSON data is represented as key-value pairs and can include arrays and nested objects.
  • JSON files typically have the ".json" file extension.
  • The MIME type for JSON is "application/json."

JSON Example:

{"name": "John Doe","age": 30,"occupation": "Software Engineer","skills": ["JavaScript", "HTML", "CSS"]}

Advantages of Using JSON:

  • Human-Readable: JSON is easy for humans to read and write, facilitating efficient data comprehension and debugging.
  • Machine-Parsable: Machines can easily parse and generate JSON, making it a preferred format for data interchange between different systems and languages.
  • Supports Complex Data Structures: JSON supports nested structures, arrays, and key-value pairs, allowing representation of complex data in a structured manner.
  • Widely Adopted: JSON is a widely adopted data-interchange format in web development, supported by many programming languages and applications.

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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.

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Explore more about VCF on Wikipedia.

How to Convert JSON to VCF (vCard)

Step 1: Choose Input Method

Start by selecting your preferred method for inputting JSON data:

  • Text Tab: Manually enter your JSON data as a valid string.
  • File Tab: Upload your JSON file through the 'Drop/Browse File' feature.

Step 2: Map JSON Attributes

Once your JSON data is entered, proceed to map its attributes to vCard fields. This ensures accurate conversion:

  • Email: Select the attribute type (e.g., Email Work) and the corresponding vCard field (e.g., EMAIL).
  • Phone: Specify both the attribute type (e.g., Phone Home) and the desired vCard field (e.g., TEL).
  • Address: Assign the attribute type (e.g., Address Home) to the appropriate vCard field (e.g., ADR).

Step 3: Control Included Information

Use the 'Include' column to specify which vCard fields should be included or excluded in the resulting VCF file.

Step 4: Handle Multi-valued Fields

If dealing with multi-valued fields (e.g., multiple email addresses), choose one of these methods:

  • Combine in a Single Attribute: Separate multiple values using a specified separator (e.g., Email1, Email2).
  • Add Rows: Click the '+' button to add rows for each value; use the '-' button to remove unwanted rows.

Step 5: Generate VCF Output

After completing mappings and settings, click the 'Convert' button to initiate the conversion process. You'll then have two options:

  • Copy: Copy the generated VCF data for use elsewhere.
  • Download: Download the VCF file with the option to specify a custom file name.

JSON to VCF (vCard) FAQs

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

The JSON to VCF conversion feature on ConversionTab allows users to seamlessly transform JSON 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 JSON data?

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

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

3. What happens after entering JSON data?

Upon entering JSON data, users are directed to the 'Output Options' section, where the crucial process of mapping JSON attributes 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 attributes involves specific requirements to achieve correct conversions:

  • Email: Users must select both the attribute type (e.g., Email Work) 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 attribute type (e.g., Phone Home) and the desired vCard field (e.g., TEL).
  • Address: Address mapping involves assigning the attribute 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 attributes 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 Attribute: Users can include multiple values in a single JSON attribute, separating them using a specified separator (e.g., Email1, Email2, Email3).
  • 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 JSON and a way to reset the input/output data?

ConversionTab provides additional features to enhance the user experience:

  • Example JSON: Users can access a sample JSON 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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