How To Open VCF File – Online VCF Viewers – 4 Easy Ways

Open Vcf File Online & Excel

With these free tools You can open vcf file & view the contacts details.

I give you 4 choices, with the best one first. First one is absolutely easy methods to open vcf file online for free.

1. Open VCF File Online using Google Contacts:

Yes. You can turn Google as your online vcf file viewer. Follow these easy steps.

  • Goto Google Contact Page.
  • In menu, click “More” -> “Import”
  • Browse & choose vcf file.
  • Click ok.

Google will read the vCard file & display all the contact details with all fields online in the browser itself.

The other possible methods to open vcf file offline in your PC.

2. Open VCF File in Excel:

This is an in-house tool. It has open source code programmed using Excel VBA.

You can build you own VCF file viewer with just Excel.

Explore it here –> How to open VCF file in Excel?

3. Text Editor to Open vCard File:

  • Open a text editor like Notepad or Text pad.
  • Click Open File in Menu (or Ctrl + O).
  • Select the folder path of file to open.
  • Choose VCF file you want to view.
  • Click ‘Open’.

4. Outlook as VCF Viewer (Not recommended) :

  • In Menu click File-> Import/Export
  • Choose Import a vCard file(.vcf)
  • Browse folder & choose the vcf file.
  • Contact will be imported.

Note: With Outlook, you will be able to see only one contact even if the vcard has more than one entry.

It is better to open it using a text editor before trying this method – just to check how many contacts are there in the vcf file.

How to Open VCF file & Read it? – More concepts

Now, we realized that a simple text editor is enough to open a vcard file.

But, how is it possible?

It is because, Its stored just as a text format & this file format is not encrypted one. That also mean that it is less secured & anybody can read this file.

vCard file uses electronic business card conventions to store & transfer contact details between applications.

VCF File Format: Every line in a vCard file in general has 2 parts as given below.

First an identifier keyword followed by data part & both are separated by a colon delimiter.

Few of the identifier are. BEGIN, END, EMAIL, ORG, TITLE, N etc.,

If you have a sub category in identifier or data, then it will be delimited by a semi-colon as in below table.

How Not to Open VCF file?

Consider you have a vCard or VCF file & you want to see the contents in it. Do not double click on it.

If you do, then the file will be opened in MS Outlook app. In most Windows systems, Microsoft Outlook is the default app to open a vcf contact file.

Outlook will display only the first contact even if the vCard file has more than one contact. Since it is designed with the consideration that a vcf file can have only one contact.

Outlook import/export might be the good option.

Whereas, in most Smart phones, a single vCard file can have multiple contact information.

Good Reading: Refer this Wiki page to know format or structure of a vCard file and its various versions.

  • Dolly

    This was great- I’m a Mac user, and I think MS Outlook is the worst- is there anything I should know if I’m doing this on a Mac? Great blog, by the way- just found it this morning and it’s a wonderful read over my morning coffee- I’ll definitely be back!