When working with email clients, you may want to back up your contact list for safe keeping or possible migration. This article demonstrates how to perform a contact list export in the RoundCube email client.

Exporting contacts in Roundcube

  1. Log into your RoundCube email client.
  2. select address book menu optionOnce inside the RoundCube client, click on the Address Book icon from the top menu.
  3. exportClick the Addres Book you want to export, then click the Export button located in the upper left of the screen.
  4. save contacts to local machineYou will receive a popup window asking to save the file to your computer. Ensure the Save File option is selected and click the OK button. This will save the file to your local machine.
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n/a Points
2014-03-04 11:13 am

These instructions are ok to only download the first 40 contacts at one time that appear on the first page of the address book. As I have over 1100 contacts, there has to be another / better / faster way to show all of the contacts, then highlight them, then download all of them at one time. Otherwise this is a crazy long process to download over 1100 contacts.

10,994 Points
2014-03-04 11:41 am
Hello Tim,

Thank you for your comment. I updated the article with the latest steps for downloading your entire address book.

You may have to clear your browser cache to see the updated steps.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-08-25 5:09 pm

Roundcube is only allowing me to do 1 contact at a time :_((


Any Ideas???  I cleared the cache.  It is oening only one contact in a Microsoft Outlook Application

18,399 Points
2014-08-25 6:07 pm
Hello Bob,

Sorry to hear you're having problems with the export. As long as your contacts are in ONE address book, then you should be able to export them in groups. If your contacts are each in a separate address book, then that could be the issue. I'm not sure why it would be allowing you to export them one at a time. Can you provide us your account information so that we investigate the issue further? If you're a customer with InMotion, then we can look directly at the account to see what's happening.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-08-25 7:42 pm

Outlook will not import a VCF with multiple entries. What I did was to import the Roundcube VCF to Google Contacts then Export the Google Contacts to a CSV file for Outlook (it is one of the Google export options). You can then import the CSV file into Outlook.

18,399 Points
2014-08-25 9:27 pm
Hello Ralph!

Thanks for the information! I think the confusion here was that the original question implied that Roundcube was allowing only one on the export. However, your explanation makes much more sense. Thanks for sharing that with us!

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-06-06 1:29 pm

How do I export my address in csv ?


9,968 Points
2014-06-06 4:23 pm
Hello Dave, and thanks for your comment.

Unfortunately RoundCube doesn't have the ability to export your address book in .csv or Comma Separated Values. When you export your address book it will be in .vcf or vCard format.

If you open up that file with a standard text-editor, you'll see the format is like this:

FN:Firstname Lastname

So if you wanted all of your email accounts in .csv format you would need to use a .vcf to .csv converter. If you're running Windows this should actually be built in and you can follow the steps in the guide I just wrote on how to convert .vcf to .csv to get your contacts converted over.

Please let us know if you have any further questions at all.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-06-15 6:23 pm

HelloThis method is good for current user / account.I have upgraded from RC 0.9 to RC 1.0.1Does anybody knows, how to migrate / export all clients address books at once to new RoundCube? I have many domains with lot of mailboxes.

9,942 Points
2014-06-16 10:05 am
Unfortunately, you would need to go into each account individually and import/export the contacts.
n/a Points
2014-08-24 4:03 pm

Roundcube seems to only export the very first contact in my address book.

20,848 Points
2014-08-25 11:56 am
Hello Ralph,

Have you tested this with other email accounts? I am unable to duplicate the issue you are having.
I tested by exporting my entire address book, deleting all contacts in RoundCube, and then importing the entire address book, restoring them all. I even opened the file and visually verified that each contact was in the export folder.

Is there any error message that occurs when you export? Is there any particular contact that may be causing the issue?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-08-25 12:19 pm

Hey Scott,

I have 1 address book with 750+ entries.

I do not receive an error message. It creates a file that contains only the first entry in my address book.

It occurred to me that maybe there was a problem with that entry, even though it appeared to be fine. I deleted it, and BINGO, the entire address book was exported!

Thank you for responding to this. I appreciate it.


20,848 Points
2014-08-25 12:22 pm
Hello Ralph,

Glad to hear that you got it all sorted. 750 is quite a bit to try and work with manually! It was a pleasure to help, so be sure to come back again if you have any further questions.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-10-08 7:47 am

Can you please advise on how to save all email addresses from emails I have sent over past few years (over 8,000) into a file? I did not load each one into my contacts (think I have about 5 emails in my contacts).

10,994 Points
2014-10-08 8:14 am
Hello Ruth,

Thank you for your question. While I could not find an easy way to do this in Roundcube, this can be done in Thunderbird. I found the solution on the Official Thunderbird site:
"Collected Addresses is the database to which Thunderbird (by default) directs the addresses gathered from outgoing messages, whether reply, forward or user created. That option can be switched off or changed under menu path Tools->Options->Composition->Addressing->"Automatically add outgoing email addresses"

Be sure to setup Thunderbird as IMAP (POP will download and remove the emails from the server by default).

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,

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