how to combine all .vcf files to single .vcf file manually

Vcard and Vcf :
In general to back up our phone contacts/or to import our contact from one device to another device we generally use “VCARD” feature. By using this feature we can back up our phones contacts. vCards(.vcf files) are very important part of our life because we all are using some kind of mobiles, smart cellphones, PDA devices, iPhones, Tabbing Devices plus our online email accounts In general after Vcard conversion all contacts are converted into individual (vcf) files .If we want import over 200 contacts from Outlook/Exchange/mobile vcard  into Google Contacts, with their photos we can convert multiple .vcf files into single vcf files by using COMMAND prompt.Now a days so many mobiles having vcard as inbuilt feature.
I have made this post because I have a bulk of vCards (288 to be precise) that I transferred from my phone (via Bluetooth) to my computer. Now I want to bulk import them into my Google Contacts but. multi-select feature on the import section. To make matters worse, the vCards are named sequentially, not by the contact name so it's hard to pick and choose what I want imported. So i have found one solution to combine all vCards(.vcf files) into one Single vCard(.vcf file) file.
Steps to Bulk Import (Merge/combine) vCards into One Contact List(Single .vcf file)
Step 1. First Copy all your vcf files into one Folder/directory.
Step 2. Open Windows command prompt (Windows + R),and then type “CMD” to open command prompt and navigate to the destination folder where all your contact files are stored (you can type CD YOUR PATH command to reach to your destination).
Ex: you have copied your vcf files in folder named “singlevcf” then in command prompt type in “E” drive
                                E:
                                cd singlevcf 
Step 3. Enter the following DOS command: copy *.vcf all.vcf

Step 4. Now you will get all your .vcf files merged into single .vcf file, just Import the created single .vcf file whenever required. This single vCard file will also work on your Google account.
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166 Responses to how to combine all .vcf files to single .vcf file manually

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. AWESOME MUCH!!!!!!! THANKS A LOT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!!!!

     
  3. thank so much !!frnd we'll try to publish more valuable tips

    admin,creativeworld9

     
  4. Sumeet Says:
  5. awesome...thx a lot!!

     
  6. Anonymous Says:
  7. EXCELLENT !!!!.
    STEP 5:
    You have to look for VCF file name "all" in the directory. That imports to google contacts in a flash...

    THANKS A LOT!!!
    Daniel - jdansan@google

     
  8. ashok Says:
  9. Google sayz no contacts found in the all.vcf file!! I tried with both vcard 3.0 and 2.1!! still not working help please!!

     
  10. sravan Says:
  11. How can i Import the created single .vcf file to some other folder

     
  12. @sravan
    first we should copy all the vcf files into one folder and then open command prompt and fallow ex:
    you have copied your vcf files in folder named “singlevcf” then in command prompt type in “E” drive
    E:
    cd singlevcf

    then enter command : copy *.vcf all.vcf !!! then a single vcf file formed !!!

     
  13. Anonymous Says:
  14. I have one vCard file [include all mobile contacts],how I can print all them in one page[not one by one!]?

     
  15. This comment has been removed by the author.  
  16. YA !!! you can take print out !!!

    fallow this way :

    first fallow the above steps and create single vcf file or if u already a

    vcf file that contains all contacts then open it with MS WORD,NOTE PAD,WORD FILE...

    Then it seems like this !!!!

    BEGIN:VCARD
    VERSION:2.1
    N;CHARSET=UTF-8;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:ABR ATWO GMADU;;;
    TEL;CELL:9491914972
    REV:20110403T210923Z
    END:VCARD
    BEGIN:VCARD
    VERSION:2.1
    N;CHARSET=UTF-8;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:ACHARI Prnc Bd;;;
    TEL;CELL:+919490957209
    REV:20110403T210923Z
    END:VCARD

    you take print out directly !!!! then replace all the remaining words like using replace feature like version ,end then itzz clear to see!!!

     
  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. Thanks... Awesome tips. Works like a charm..

     
  19. than "Q" so much friend !!!

     
  20. Anonymous Says:
  21. thank you very much.

    i have only the all.vcf file can i convert all.vcf to all the vcf contacts?
    (in microsoft windows)

     
  22. Tushar Says:
  23. thankzzzzzzz

     
  24. Anonymous Says:
  25. Thanks. Works great.

     
  26. Anonymous Says:
  27. How many possible fields are there in vcard 2.1 and 3.0 versions?
    Can you please list all of them with and without example data in a text file?

    FYI, you can very easily import/export *.csv/*.vcf files to/from *.csv/*.vcf files in Windows Live Mail program (latest 2011). And *.csv files can be saved as *.xls or *.xlsx files in Excel 2007/2010 program.

     
  28. Diff bet vcard 2.1 & vcard 3.0

    As far as i know following is the list of properties used in version 2.1 and 3.0. According to this in version 3.0 they have introduced some new fields and removed some functionalaties (ex: Encoding NOTE field has been removed)
    ========================
    version 2.1
    ========================
    FN, N ,PHOTO, BDAY, ADR, LABEL, TEL, EMAIL, MAILER, TZ, GEO, TITLE, ROLE,
    Logo , Agent , ORG
    NOTE, REV, SOUND , URL , UID , Version ,KEY

    ==========================
    Version 3.0
    ==========================
    FN, N, NICKNAME, PHOTO, BDAY, ADR, LABEL, TEL, EMAIL, MAILER, TZ, GEO,
    TITLE, ROLE
    LOGO, AGENT, ORG, CATEGORIES, NOTE, PRODID, REV , SORTSTRING, SOUND, UID ,
    URL, VERSION, CLASS, KEY

    So the following fields are new to Version 3.0
    NICKNAME
    CATEGORIES
    PRODID
    SORTSTRING
    CLASS

     
  29. thank "Q" guys !! thanks allot for ur support !!!

    admin,
    creativeworld9

     
  30. Anonymous Says:
  31. fucking brilliant!

     
  32. Anonymous Says:
  33. Thanks for such an easy procedure

     
  34. Anonymous Says:
  35. I love u for this ..

     
  36. Anonymous Says:
  37. I love you!!!!!! (from a different anonymous person)

     
  38. Anonymous Says:
  39. Thanks a lot! was so easy and saved a lot of time

     
  40. Anonymous Says:
  41. thanks that worked, & saved my lot of efforts. Thaks for sharing this useful post

     
  42. Anonymous Says:
  43. Wow! Great tip! Tnx a lot man!

     
  44. amigo Says:
  45. You saved my x'mas day!! BTW i 'll create a similar post in my site galaxys[dot]net
    Thank you..!

     
  46. Anonymous Says:
  47. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


    Thanks for the great tip

     
  48. Anonymous Says:
  49. OMG THANK YOU!!! I had started importing one by one, with over 300 contacts I was fuming, you saved me so much time

     
  50. Anonymous Says:
  51. Just couldn't go away before droping in a line of Thanks. Good and a simple one. I ha more than 650 contacts and though copying all separately on the phone and then syncing with could have been done, this little workaround is way more better. I was actually unsure about the Version compatibility. coz the individual vcf were of Version 2.1 and i had seen Multiple contact in a single vcf in Version 3.0. I was unsure whether concatenating all in a single file would do the job but when i saw this small little command to concatenate all individuals in one, just thought to give it a try and it did work without any problem. Thanks for sharing.

     
  52. Anonymous Says:
  53. great.

    www.logiquetech.com

     
  54. piyush Says:
  55. grt dear...thanks a lot

     
  56. Anonymous Says:
  57. It works like a charm! You can also get contacts from Symbian S60 or Symbian^3 making a backup in NBU format with PC Suite (OVI Suite) and then extracting them with NBU Explorer.

     
  58. Anonymous Says:
  59. ALL VCF FILES ARE MERGED INTO ONE SINGLE VCF FILE SUCCESSFULLY. BUT WHEN I TRIED TO IMPORT THE 'ALL.VCF' FILE INTO ADDRESS BOOK, IT IMPORTED THE VERY FIRST ONE CONTACT AND REST ARE NOT IMPORTED TO OUTLOOK...! !

    SO WHAT'S THE SOLUTION OF GETTING ALL THE CONTACTS INTO ADDRESS BOOK AT A TIME ? ?

     
  60. Anonymous Says:
  61. THANKS BROTHER...

     
  62. bssmurthy Says:
  63. thanks a ton!! this was of great help!!

     
  64. Anonymous Says:
  65. This was really really useful bro. Thanks a lot!!!!

     
  66. Anonymous Says:
  67. hi thanks a ton but when i import it i get only my first one vcf contact, also how can we check it one by one & confirm it imports differently.

     
  68. Luc Janssen Says:
  69. One day of trying , until this lucky hit.
    Thanks a lot.
    Problem solved.

     
  70. Anonymous Says:
  71. I think my individual vcf files are not CR or LF terminated. ie when i merge the files i get lines like:

    END:VCARDBEGIN:VCARD

    Any suggestions?

     
  72. phazorRise Says:
  73. nice. That's about windows users and for linux users try cat *.vcf > all_contacts.vcf !

     
  74. Anonymous Says:
  75. YOU SAVED MY FUCKING LIFE ,
    hint : ALL.vcf is the name of the output file , after combination !!!! FUCKING AWESOME< thanks alot , i needed to transfer 1200 vcf file into gmail and then into android :D :D :D 100 thumbs up

     
  76. . Says:
  77. But what if your contacts are saved as .contact not .vcf?

    Copy *.contact all.vcf

    Will obviously combine, but it isn't in the right format :(

     
  78. . Says:
  79. But what if your contacts are saved as .contact not .vcf?

    Copy *.contact all.vcf

    Will obviously combine, but it isn't in the right format :(

     
  80. Henarky Says:
  81. thank you kind sir/mam for saving me hours and hours of pain and greif.
    I tip my top hat to you.

     
  82. Anonymous Says:
  83. Awesome.. works as mentioned.. Thank you :)

    Strange thing is
    Copy *.vcf x.vcf
    and
    Copy *.vcf \..\x.vcf
    behave differently! Need to follow exactly as mentioned by the Guru !

    Thanks again.

     
  84. i will post next time " how to bulk import .vcf contacts in outlook  ". i am sure . i am looking for the shortest and best method.Already there is method : import multiple vCard VCF contact files into Outlook 2007 using VBA .but this is scripting type.. i willl [post the easy method... thanks for your patience... 



    Regards..

    AARYAN ADITYA.

     
  85. General format of  .vcf :


    BEGIN:VCARD

    VERSION:2.1      /* Indicates version*/

    N;CHARSET=UTF-8;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:AARYAN ADITYA;;;/*Indicates name*/

    TEL;CELL:9491914972  /*Here we can modify the number*/

    REV:20110403T210923Z

    END:VCARD






    Regards..<>

    AARYAN ADITYA.<>

     

  86. we can do This method in Linux as:

    cat *.vcf > all_contacts.vcf !

    some one asked me how to merge  (.contact) to (.vcf):

    its not possible though we can not merge one format to other.i.e.., (.contact) cannot merged to (.vcf).
    Though we can mere multiple (.contact) files to single (.contact) files using the same method 
    method:
    E:
    cd singlecontact /*singlecontact = folder name*/

    Step 3. Enter the following DOS command: copy *.contact all.contact  /*it works 100% we can merege*/

    but   copy *.contact all.vcf /*it does not work because format conversion.it results a damge file*/


    Regards..
    AARYAN ADITYA.

     
  87. THANK YOU SO MUCH..all the guys…Thanks for your Amazing Response..

    Regards..
    AARYAN ADITYA.

     
  88. sameer Says:
  89. Thanks Muchh, buddyyyy, it workssss

     
  90. caco mattei Says:
  91. thanks dude!

     
  92. Anonymous Says:
  93. Dude i love you...

     
  94. Anonymous Says:
  95. Great helped a ton....

     
  96. Muniz Says:
  97. awesome

     
  98. Anonymous Says:
  99. thanx

     
  100. Anonymous Says:
  101. I did it and it only copied the first contact in the folder. ;(

     
  102. Anonymous Says:
  103. Wow..........

     
  104. Anonymous Says:
  105. I did it and it only copied the first contact in the folder. ;( pls help

     
  106. UNCLE BEAR Says:
  107. an a plus from me
    dos will never die

     
  108. Anonymous Says:
  109. Thanks a lot.. it helped me

     
  110. Anonymous Says:
  111. Thanks a million. It really helps and works wonderfully :)

     
  112. Anonymous Says:
  113. excellent!!!

     
  114. Anonymous Says:
  115. thank you so much....

     
  116. Rajoo Says:
  117. Worked like mint.....

     
  118. Anonymous Says:
  119. thanks man, really nice help.. great work lad :)

     
  120. Anonymous Says:
  121. Thanks very much. I have no idea how to import this back into outlook on a different computer. it only imports one contact, the fist in the list. Help?

     
  122. Anonymous Says:
  123. awesome thank you! Worked like a charm importing to gmail

     
  124. Anonymous Says:
  125. Thanks mate saved me from clicking one by one.. which was gonna be a nightmare of aout 2000 entries

     
  126. Anonymous Says:
  127. Thank you

     
  128. Klauss Says:
  129. You saved my life!! Thanks a lot !!!!

     
  130. Anonymous Says:
  131. Excellent!!!

    Its really a very useful post.

     
  132. Worked like a charm! I am very grateful!

     
  133. olayinka Says:
  134. perfect!!!!
    thank you so much

     
  135. Zsolt Says:
  136. Doesn't work. Google contacts doesn't import anything from the merged file... And one-by-one it might take a while....

     
  137. Zsolt Says:
  138. I solved it... Google Contacts didn't import it because for some reason there was a weird character at the end of the file... The text editor showed some substitute character. After a deleted that there was no problem with importing...
    Now I only have to figure out how to change the order in Google contacts to "family name" "given name" as in my language

     
  139. Anonymous Says:
  140. This is great but when I import the .vcf file into iphone it brings in a lot of text in the notes which comments on which fields are empty - is there a way to avoid importing all this note text?

     
  141. Zsolt Says:
  142. @Anonymous
    Maybe you could go through google contacts (if that's possible with an iphone)

     
  143. Anonymous Says:
  144. thank you sir. you saved my day

     
  145. Anonymous Says:
  146. Awesome

     
  147. Anonymous Says:
  148. Great..! Thanks!
    However it's funny that you need Windows Console for using Iphone.. :)

     
  149. Anonymous Says:
  150. Thank you

     
  151. manish Says:
  152. wow wow wow..have gplus or fblike button on ur blog dude..i wanted to share it badly but cant find one!

     
  153. Anonymous Says:
  154. thank you very much

     
  155. prashant Says:
  156. all VCF FILES ARE MERGED INTO ONE SINGLE VCF FILE SUCCESSFULLY. BUT WHEN I TRIED TO IMPORT THE 'ALL.VCF' FILE INTO ADDRESS BOOK, IT IMPORTED THE VERY Last ONE CONTACT Name with all numbers in Last Record Name..!!!

    and when tried to import to Gmail it shows a single File All.vcf and in thta a Last name Record with All 200 numbers in that same last name... So Please help ...

    SO WHAT'S THE SOLUTION OF GETTING ALL THE CONTACTS INTO ADDRESS BOOK AT A TIME ? ?

     
  157. Anonymous Says:
  158. Cheers so easy, so simple!

     
  159. Anonymous Says:
  160. THANKS A LOT, YOU REALLY HELP ME!!!!

     
  161. Murali Says:
  162. It really worked, Thanks a lot

     
  163. Anonymous Says:
  164. THX BRO!! U ROCK!

     
  165. Anonymous Says:
  166. I tried time and time again but only get the first contact only. how do i resolve this. please someone help me

     
  167. Anonymous Says:
  168. Thanks Bro, Thanks a lot

     
  169. TECH MANIAC Says:
  170. U just cant imagine what u have done for me...... many many many thanks Bro. Thanks a lot

     
  171. Anonymous Says:
  172. Make sure each single .vcf file has new line at the end, after END:VCARD.
    If not, the result will be incorrect: END:VCARDBEGIN:VCARD

     
  173. Anonymous Says:
  174. you're great

     
  175. Thank you so much :) it was really helpful :D

     
  176. Anonymous Says:
  177. u r awesome great thanks man it is really helpful again thank for posting such a great useful tips

     
  178. thankx dude!!!

     
  179. Anonymous Says:
  180. works like a charm. it was sooooo helpful

     
  181. aslu Says:
  182. tnX....

     
  183. Anonymous Says:
  184. thanx

     
  185. Anonymous Says:
  186. Thanks mate..!! you made my day

     
  187. Thnx %-)

     
  188. Thank u...u made me happy

     
  189. Anonymous Says:
  190. Thanks man.love u

     
  191. Anonymous Says:
  192. Great - easy to use and exactly what i was looking for - thank very much!

     
  193. faraz umer Says:
  194. i can not merge any contacts its just making a one file with one contact (not merging) PLZ PLZ help me
    i am using windows 7 home premium and following the exact way.
    pleas help me out it would b really appreciated.
    Thankyou

     
  195. Amazing.. It works perfectly well.. Thanks

     
  196. Imran Says:
  197. excellent job.............owsome.....

     
  198. Moses Kigo Says:
  199. this was awesome!!!!

     
  200. lallu j Says:
  201. its a gr8 thing, i was very much worried bcoz my .vcfs were of old version and i was finding it difficult to import them as a 'bulk' to (ICS) android OS. this method worked gr8, thnk u... :)

     
  202. Hi, 3rd time lucky... Thanks for the tip. I just imported the file into outlook, but it did not bring the notes section in. Is this because the combined file does not have the notes section of each contact or is it because outlook does not import the notes section. The reason I ask is because I would like to import the file into my new iphone, but need the notes section of each contact in too. Thanks

     
  203. where can i found single vcf file of all vcf contacts

     
  204. evan patrick Says:
  205. This is amazing, I use it for marketing sms to customers. ps make it into a batch file. pps, everyone here will also love "wondershare mobilego for android".

     
  206. Raj Says:
  207. Thank you very very much !!!!

     
  208. Noam Sigal Says:
  209. So simple and effective. Thanks!

     
  210. kavi Says:
  211. simple and perfect.Appricate your infoshare.Easily trf contacts by sending single vcf file as attachment via email and downloaded it to my iphone.Thanks for a gr8 useful tip.

     
  212. RKS Says:
  213. Works great. I just emailed the merged vcf file to myself and clicked on the attachment in mail on the iphone.

     
  214. anon an Says:
  215. Thank you very much. you saved my day. I exported contacts from yahoo and it came out to be 500 individual vcf files. Your tips helped me combined all of them into one. you are awesome. thank you very much. goodarticles@yahoo.com

    BTW, if you ever come across an e-mail with link to msnbc telling you the hottest job, don't click on the link. it sent out spams to your contact. It was why i had to delete my contact.

     
  216. Great!!!!. you are really great.. it works well

     
  217. stevoparis Says:
  218. That was a time saver...Amazing......bit tricky at first understanding where to put the vcf files (it was better for me on D:, because it was a direct link, rather than C: because it then had to go through documents and settings, etc.....couldn't get it to work.

    I now have all my Nokia contacts on my iphone....

     
  219. Ok! Great solution!

     
  220. javed qasir Says:
  221. thank you soooooooooooo much..saved me a days work...

     
  222. Ahmed Salih Says:
  223. thanks man u are a liFe saver

     
  224. LAVA Says:
  225. Thank you very much

     
  226. CandidGuy Says:
  227. Mr. AARYAN ADITYA, you won't appreciate the time and effort you have just saved me. How could i have transferred nearly 2000 vcard contacts one by one???

    May God prosper you.

     
  228. CandidGuy Says:
  229. This comment has been removed by the author.  
  230. Unknown Says:
  231. How to find merged .vcf file

     
  232. Just copy and paste it

     
  233. Ashwin Rajan Says:
  234. i cant find the merged file....where do i look?

     
  235. the easiest way ever to combine all vcards into one csv file and successfully uploaded to Gmail and then to my mobile.
    Thumbs up.

     
  236. you are AWESOMMMEE.. :)thanx a lot bro..

     
  237. Pablo Says:
  238. Simple. Clear. Effective. Easy. Thanks!

     
  239. KS Says:
  240. Thank you! Worked like a charm!

     
  241. Nimish Says:
  242. Thanks! Was afraid there wasn't a way, but this worked in the first attempt! Great, thanks so much for your help!

     
  243. May the gods smile upon you & keep you safe, happy, healthy & wealthy. You just saved me so much I can't thank you enough

     
  244. THANKS MATE! THE MOST USEFUL PIECE OF INFO ON THE INTERNET FOR ME SO FAR! SAVED ME 3 DAYS..

     
  245. sagar soni Says:
  246. Thank boss!!!

     
  247. I like this way, I tried several things, but this one is better.
    Thank You!

     
  248. I spent an entire day trying to figure out how to get Blackberry contacts over to I-Phone, this post was a real life saver, worked like a charm 1st time roung. 5 Stars

     
  249. chetan kam Says:
  250. Thanxxxxxx

     
  251. J Bose Says:
  252. People like you are life savers...thank you very much.

     
  253. sid bhagat Says:
  254. not working with me..:(

     
  255. sid bhagat Says:
  256. not working with me..:(

     
  257. sid bhagat Says:
  258. showing me access denied..

     
  259. יורי Says:
  260. Thanks
    It really works.

     
  261. Pranav Says:
  262. Hey man... really thanks... i don't know if this will not happen then what would be my condition... :)

     
  263. bart simpson Says:
  264. Thanks!!!!!!

     
  265. Thanks :)

     
  266. viveK Says:
  267. hats off boss .... best way :) :) :) Thanks alot !!

     
  268. taha Says:
  269. All File is Created but Its not uploading in Google :/ what can I do now?

     
  270. ganesh honey Says:
  271. very very useful to new phone buyers...
    like me.....

     
  272. sri ram Says:
  273. Thanks a lot ..... its s very nice

     
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  275. best way ... thank you very much ^_^

     
  276. Hari pandey Says:
  277. thnxx a lot.... :) .....it's awesome.... ^_^

     
  278. nice info, thanks alot!

     
  279. Srivatsa Says:
  280. Dear Sir/Madam,
    thanks a lot, I dont have words to praise you, and steps given to convert,
    i had 6323, contact till date, transfering one by one is some 10 days of work, and tried with all methods did not work , this is so simple, thanks a lot, i have merged the data with gmail & importing it to my samsung note 2

     
  281. Pars Bid Says:
  282. thanks a lot lot ,
    kheiliiiiiiiiiiiiii mokhlesam
    kisssssss youuuuuuuu
    damet garm

     
  283. Thanks a lot! saved me. Been suffering for 6 months. :)

     
  284. thank u amigo ! :)

     
  285. "U" r a god of Mobiles

     
  286. Raghav Says:
  287. If i have same vcard entries in different files...does it merge duplicate contacts into a single contact in the final file?

     
  288. ella shoshi Says:
  289. thank you so much!!! it was driving me crazy untill i found this pic of the commends.
    thanks again

     
  290. shubh Says:
  291. Owesome Duke thankkyou sooo much... You are now one of us The ...........
    Marvelous Rebelion/................... u roxcc..

     
  292. ILYAS. K Says:
  293. I just logged in to say thank you. There might be some other app or tools to make it. But this is one of the simplest of all. You are great

     
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