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5 Best Free and Open Source Address Book Managers

An address book is a database that stores names, addresses and other contact information for a computer user.

Address books allow easy access to the user’s friends, family, business associates and others by maintaining their email and other contact details on their computer.

This article focuses on standalone software. CardOver is tightly integrated with Thunderbird but it can also run independently.

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Let’s explore the 5 address book managers. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshot of the program in action, together with links to relevant resources.

Address Book Managers
KAddressBookSupports a wide range of services including NextCloud, Google Contacts
CardBookThunderbird address book based on CardDAV and vCard standards
ContactsGNOME's integrated address book. It is written in Vala and uses libfolks
qcardCLI addressbook application for CardDAV servers
aercbookMinimalist address book for the aerc e-mail client

There are many other apps that include an integrated address book such as Evolution.

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