Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm looking for a solution to share a single address book across my Windows 7 laptop, Android phone and Ubuntu home server. The address book should be synced to the phone so it is available when offline, and should be accessible to Mozilla ThunderBird on WIndows 7 and to a webmail app like Horde, Squirrel Mail or RoundCube.

I've tried setting up OwnCloud, CardDAV, Horde (with SyncML), etc and have not got anything working to my satisfaction. Does anyone have experience doing this for personal use or a small organisation?

share|improve this question
According to me carddav is the best option. Use syncevolution to sync contacts among multiple devices. – Khurshid Alam Jul 5 '13 at 19:30
I'm currently using OwnCloud. The web interface for contacts is good enough and it supports CardDAV. I am using the CardDAV plugin for RoundCube Webmailer ( and the CardDAV-Sync app for Android ( It's good enough for me. – richardneish Jul 8 '13 at 10:31
Glad that everything is working for you. – Khurshid Alam Jul 8 '13 at 12:22
up vote 0 down vote accepted

According to me CardDAV is the best option. Its a open standard & integrated in most common webdav servers (Radical, Owncloud, etc).


share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.