There are two ways to backup your contacts from your Mozilla Thunderbird address books. Either export the address books from within Thunderbird or copy the address book files manually from their default storage locations.
Exporting Address Books
To export an address book from Mozilla Thunderbird, launch Thunderbird then press
Alternatively, you can
In the Address Book window, select on one of the address books listed in the left pane by clicking on it.
Most often there are at least two address books listed:
Next, go to
You can select from three different formats in the
- LDIF (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Data Interchange Format),
- CSV (Comma-Separated Values), and
- tab delimited plain-text TXT file.
Importing Address Books
To import an address book into Mozilla Thunderbird, open up the Address Book window using
The import process consists of three steps.
First, you tell Thunderbird that you only wish to import only address books.
Copying Address Book Files Manually
To copy your address books manually, simply locate the files where the address books are stored by Mozilla Thunderbird.
In case you have Thunderbird installed — i.e. it is a non-portable version, then your personal address book is located at:
And your collected addresses are located at:
In case you use the portable version of Mozilla Thunderbird, your abook.man and history.mab address book files are located at:
8.default is a shorthand for a folder name that has eight characters and ends with .default.
And instead of Portable use the folder path where you keep your portable software.
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