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What is the format of the Mulberry addressbook?

Mulberry uses a tab-delimited text format for storage of local addressbooks. On network addressbooks, the format is stored slightly differently depending on which protocol (IMSP or ACAP) is used. For the practical purposes of importing external addressbooks, however, the field order for importing to a network addressbook is the same as a local Mulberry addressbook.

Mulberry currently can import the following addressbook formats:

  • Pine
  • Eudora
  • Netscape/Communicator and Netscape-compatible
  • LDIF (use the Communicator plugin)
  • Outlook/Outlook Express
  • Quickmail
  • vCard
  • Any tab-delimited text file with the proper order.

Mulberry can also export to any of these formats.

Hint: more than one Mulberry user has observed that Mulberry can be a very easy to use tool if you need to translate from one of the above formats to another, as at this writing these other programs don't understand one another's formats. Cute!

The field order for a Mulberry address book is as follows. <tab> represents a 'tab' character, and <LINEEND>represents a line end character sequence for the OS on which the address book is used, and marks the end of a single entry.

    Nick-name <tab> (aka the alias)
    Full Name <tab> (Note: fullname is stored lastname, firstname)
    Email <tab>
    Company <tab>
    Address <tab>
    Phone Work <tab>
    Phone Home <tab>
    Fax <tab>
    URL <tab>
    Notes <LINEEND>

Fields listed in boldface above can contain more than one line of data, and can contain tab characters. To indicate this in a source document for translation, use "C" programming language style 'escape' characters:

    To show a tab character, type \t
    To show a carriage return, type \r
    To show a linefeed return, type \n

Here's what a sample import or export file might look like (will probably appear wide on your browser, but it's just to give you an idea):

Mark	Adamson, Mark	xx@example.com	Transarc	Some Big Building Downtown\rPittsburgh, PA	412-123-4567	412-123-5678	412-123-6789	http://www.transarc.com	Uses Zephyr
Mark C	Crispin, Mark	xx@example.com	University of Washington	- unlisted - 	unlisted	unlisted	unlisted	http://www.imap.org\rhttp://www.washington.edu	Creator of IMAP protocol\rDon\'t bother him with trivialities
cd	Daboo, Cyrus	xx@example.com	?? - unlisted - unlisted unlisted unlisted