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I want to migrate from Blackberry (RIP). How do I convert my contacts to a standard format?

  • Wondering, what your source format of your contacts? I'm assuming you were working from a literal BlackBerry backup file? Thanks for any insight. – Dave Liao Jul 19 '14 at 22:32
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I just got this working so figured I'd document it for posterity.

sudo apt-get install barry-util barrybackup-gui barrydesktop

Then use the backup utility GUI to make a complete backup of your database. We'll call it backup.tar.gz.

Unfortunately the desktop utility seems to only export one record at a time.

Instead, use the command line:

btardump -d 'Address Book' -V backup.tar.gz > address_book.mime

That's it. The .mime file should have a bunch of VCards inside.

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    Which package has to be installed? – thefourtheye Jun 8 '13 at 14:20
  • @thefourtheye Oops. Thanks for reminding me. This is actually critical to the ease-of-use of this approach, as other instructions for doing part of this out there want a library that's not in the main repository. – Ari B. Friedman Jun 8 '13 at 15:11

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