vCard to YAML Converter

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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.

Read More:

Explore more about VCF on Wikipedia.

What is YAML?

  • YAML stands for "YAML Ain't Markup Language" or sometimes "Yet Another Markup Language."
  • It is a human-readable data serialization format.
  • YAML is often used for configuration files and data exchange between languages with different data structures.
  • It uses indentation to represent the structure of data and does not rely on tags or braces.
  • YAML files typically have the ".yaml" or ".yml" file extension.
  • The MIME type for YAML is not officially registered, but it is commonly recognized as "application/x-yaml."

YAML Example:

person:
  name: John Doe
  age: 30
  occupation: Engineer
  contact:
    email: john.doe@example.com
    phone: "+123 456 7890"
    address: xyz 123 abc
    city: Anytown
    country: XYZ

Advantages of Using YAML:

  • Human-Readable: YAML is designed to be easy for humans to read and write, with a clean and simple syntax.
  • No Complex Symbols: YAML uses indentation instead of complex symbols like braces or brackets, making it more straightforward.
  • Data Serialization: YAML is suitable for serializing complex data structures in a readable and concise format.
  • Language Agnostic: YAML is independent of programming languages, making it versatile for configuration files and data exchange.

Read More:

Explore more about YAML on Wikipedia.

How to Convert VCF to YAML?

  • Step 1: Enter Text or Upload File

    Start by providing your contact details. You can type them in or upload a VCF file—All three versions of VCF are acceptable, whether it's from an older phone (vCard 2.1), a more recent one (vCard 3.0), or the latest version (vCard 4.0). Ensure the input follows the required format for accurate conversion.

  • Step 2: Click the "Convert" Button

    Once your details are in, hit the "Convert" button. This sets the system to work its magic, turning your VCF data into a precise and reliable YAML format that mirrors the original information.

  • Step 3: Copy Result Data or Download File

    When the conversion is complete, you have options. Copy the result to use immediately, or click "Download" to save the YAML file on your device. This way, you can conveniently access and share the converted data whenever needed.

    Converted YAML Output:

    - UID: f8e0bd14-57a3-4a8c-89a0-34794eb971f7
      Full_Name: Aimee
      Email_Home: Mckenna_Toy24@yahoo.com
      Address_Billing: 698 Rohan Pine
      Phone_Car: 262-665-9227 x945
      Url: https://ethical-developmental.com
      Title: Mechanical Engineer
      Organization: Hegmann - Lueilwitz
      Birthday: 20100928
    - UID: b089c817-3ef4-4d21-84f5-1b8c17ef65b4
      Full_Name: Laverne
      Email_Additional: Eloy46@gmail.com
      Address_Billing: 417 Lillian Locks
      Phone_Video: 520-581-7516 x007
      Url: https://outlying-lamb.org/
      Title: Software Engineer
      Organization: Conn - Leuschke
      Birthday: 19950429

VCF to YAML Conversion FAQs

1. What is vCard to YAML conversion on ConversionTab?

VCF to YAML conversion on ConversionTab allows you to convert vCard (VCF) files or vCard text strings into YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language) format, suitable for structured data representation, including contact information.

2. How do I provide my vCard data for YAML conversion?

You can input your VCF data in two ways:
Text Tab: Manually input VCF data as a valid string in this tab.
File Tab: Upload your VCF file through the 'Drop/Browse File' feature to simplify working with existing data.

3. Which vCard versions are supported for YAML conversion?

ConversionTab supports various vCard versions, including 2.1, 3.0, and 4.0, ensuring compatibility with different data sources and formats.

4. How do I initiate the YAML conversion process?

After entering your VCF data or selecting a file, click the 'Convert' button to start the conversion process.

5. What happens if my provided data is not a valid vCard file or string?

If your input data is not a valid VCF file or string, ConversionTab will display an error message, and the conversion will not proceed.

6. What controls are available after conversion?

After conversion, you can customize the YAML output with the following options:
Mapping: Modify element names as needed.
Include: Select or deselect elements for the final YAML output.
Multi-Values: Customize how vCard fields with multiple values and types (such as Email, Phone, and Address) are presented in the output YAML.

7. Which vCard fields support customization of multi-values and types in the output YAML?

The following vCard fields support customization of multi-values and types in the output:
Email: Create separate YAML elements for each value and its associated type within these fields (e.g., Email, Email Work, Email Personal).
Phone: Generate separate YAML elements for each phone number and its associated type (e.g., Phone, Phone Mobile, Phone Home).
Address: Customize how multiple addresses are presented in the output YAML, including types (e.g., Address, Address Billing, Address Home).

8. What is the purpose of the 'Multi-Values' checkbox?

The 'Multi-Values' checkbox is a versatile feature that allows you to tailor how vCard fields with multiple values and types are presented in the output YAML:
Create Separate Elements: When selected, this option generates distinct elements for each value and its associated type within fields with multiple values and types.
Combine with Separator: Alternatively, you can choose this option to combine multiple values with the same type into a single element using a specified separator, chosen by the user.

9. Which separators can I use for combining multiple values?

You can choose from the following separators:
Comma
Tab
Semi Colon (;)
Space
Colon (:)

10. Is there an option to see a sample vCard before conversion?

Yes, you can click the 'Example' button to view a sample VCF in the text area to understand the conversion process.

11. How can I clear the output and start over?

To clear the output and begin a new conversion, simply click the 'Clear' button.

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