Files with vcf suffix are almost always contacts saved in vCard format. Typically used various Personal Information Managers or e-mail clients (for example Outlook), as well as exported from mobile phones, for the purposes of sharing or migrating contacts from one device to another.

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the VCF file extension!

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VCF file extension - vCard contacts

What is vcf file? How to open vcf files?

File type specification:

Email related data file type icon Email related data file type

Mobile phones related file type icon Mobile phones related file type

vcf file icon: vcf filetype icon

File extension vcf is most likely best known for its use for vCard format, universal standard for storing personal or business contacts, including such data as name, e-mail, social networks, address, or phone numbers.

These files are frequently used for import and export of contains between two programs or devices and their respective address books. They can also be send as e-mail attachments.

The VCF format is well-supported in apps and programs on both desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux) and mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows). Unfortunately, some programs have difficulties with reading .vcf files that contain more than one contains.

For example, certain versions of Microsoft Outlooks only import the first contact from the file. Hence why it is usually best to export contacts on file per contact basis to avoid possible complications.

The internal structure of .vcf files may wary a little and special tags may be used by some programs.

In Google Android for example, contacts are stored in a single .vcf file and separated by tags BEGIN and END. When exported to memory card, these files can be found in the System/PIM subdirectory on the memory card and named PIM00001.vcf, PIM00002.vcf and etc. The highest number represents the latest version of the contacts and the lower numbers the previous versions.

MIME: text/x-vcard

The default software associated to vcf file type:

Microsoft Outlook icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Outlook  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Outlook is e-mail management tool and personal information manager distributed with Microsoft Office suite. Outlook integrates e-mail application, calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking in to one application.

Microsoft Outlook is used as a stand-alone application and also can work with Microsoft Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.

The predecessor of Outlook was called Schedule+. The newest version is called Outlook 2016.

Mac OS X Address Book (Contacts) icon

Apple, Inc. logo Mac OS X Address Book (Contacts)  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

The Mac OS X Address Book is a little handy application with loads of features that are often overlooked by most users. Its very useful for for organizing your contacts, but Address Book's real power is that it works with many other applications. Its an integral part of Mac OS X operation system. From Mac OS X Mountain Lion the Address Book will be renamed to Contacts.

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Help how to open VCF files:

The .vcf files are natively launched in Windows Contacts program, while on Mac these are opened in the Address Book application.

Other than that, many 3rd party apps support vCard format and can read or import contacts from it.

How to convert file with extension VCF:

Contacts in VCF (vcard) format can be converted to several suitable formats, for example CSV (Comma Separated Value). Most PIMs can do this.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 42 45 47 49 4E 3A

Related links:

Personal Data Interchange vCard full overview

List of software applications associated to the .vcf file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open vcf file, edit vcf file, convert vcf file, view vcf file, play vcf file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the vcf files.

  • Open vcf file
  • Save vcf file
  • Edit vcf file
  • Create vcf file
  • Import vcf file
  • Export vcf file
  • Extract vcf file

Software that open vcf file - vCard contacts

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open vcf file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with vcf file by default:
Microsoft Outlook small icon Microsoft Outlook
Other suggested software:
Samsung Kies small icon Samsung Kies
Windows Live Mail small icon Windows Live Mail
Open Contacts
Handy Address Book

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with vcf file by default:
Mac OS X Address Book (Contacts) small icon Mac OS X Address Book (Contacts)
Other suggested software:
Samsung Kies for Mac small icon Samsung Kies for Mac
VCard Explorer small icon VCard Explorer

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