Managing contacts using BBDB - importing CSV exports

The Seattle-based software developer Ian Kelling is doing “free and open source development for fun”.

And fast.

One of the projects he’s working on is bbdb-csv-import.el. The code allows users of BBDB to comfortable import contacts from other sources.

;; Works out of the box with csv exported from Thunderbird, Gmail,
;; Linkedin,, and probably others. 
;; Easily extensible to handle new formats.

Earlier today, I used it to painlessly update a large number of contacts freshly exported into a CSV file.

This is for those of us that do not want to distribute everything in a multitude of cloud services. Let alone leave it in someone else’s garage.

Gijs Hillenius
Context for Digital Government

Policy specialist on open source in public services, knowlegde transfer expert