I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 and it seems comes with Gnome Contacts. I'm wondering if there's a way to populate the EDS via CardDAV?

Mainly because I see the Thunderbird has an address book tied to this EDS and Thunderbird itself doesn't support CardDAV. However I'm thinking if I can get my CardDAV server sycned with EDS, that list will be usable in Thunderbird.

  • EDS stands for Evolution Data Server
    – Flimm
    Feb 23 at 13:06

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If you just want to use a CardDAV address book with Thunderbird, there is no need to go through the EDS. The Cardbook addon completely replaces Thunderbird's built-in address book and provides support for CardDAV. You add your remote address book using URL, username and password, hit "Sync" (potentially repeatedly) and watch your contacts come in.

Nota bene: If you use HTTPS with a server that does not have a valid certificate (in particular a self-signed one) you need to add an exception for that server in Thunderbird's certificate configuration dialogue first. Otherwise, Cardbook will just report failed validation of the login credentials.


You can import caldav contacts in thunderbird.

Sync Google contacts with Thunderbird using CardDav.

But I think What you really want is this:


You can also use evolution's in-built webdav protocol to add a remote cardav contacts.

Add Carddav contacts in Evolution:

You can use any carddav server.But here for example,we are going to use free online carddav service fruux.com.


Create a free account on fruux. Cliack on addressbook, then click on Add new Addressbook & create a new addressbook, call it Fruux.

fruux addressbook

Click on the respective address book. It will show the address book details. Copy the source url from there.


Launch Evolution.

Go to Contacts.

Select "New → Address Book".


Select address-book type webdav.

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For "Server → URL" enter the full URL (of the desired address book),which you have copied in step1.

It will be something like this:


(your will be different)

Use the following values:



Click Apply.


Add Carddav contacts in Evolution (using syncevolution):

We are going to sync fruux addressbook with default evolution addressbook Personal. Craete a fruux addressbook as mentioned above & copy the source url. Run following commands in terminal-prompt.


syncevolution --configure --template webdav syncURL=https://dav.fruux.com:443/ username=YOUR-FRUUX-USERNAME password=YOUR-Fruux-Password target-config@Fruux


syncevolution --configure database=https://dav.fruux.com:443/addressbooks/c32487894645/b3fd4500-kc893-45d5-g4d5-afb8645315/ backend=carddav target-config@fruux addressbook

Replace database=" " with the source-url you have copied in previous step.


syncevolution --configure --template SyncEvolution_Client syncURL=local://@Fruux username= password= Fruux addressbook


syncevolution --configure sync=two-way backend=evolution-contacts database=Personal fruux addressbook

Step6 (Run sync for the first time):

Syncevolution --sync=refreh-from-server fruux addressbook

It is recommended to use --sync=slow or --sync=refresh-from-server for first time sync option to avoid duplicity.

refresh-from-server DELETES EVERYTHING in client & REPLACES WITH SERVER (Opposite for caldav/carddav)

Step7 (run normal two-way sync):

syncevolution fruux addressbook.

You can create a launcher with above command to automate the process.

  • Thanks! That looks like it'll work. However it seems overly complex. Add a template, add a source, add a database, add a peer...my head is spinning. Can you (or someone) please layout how to do a CardDAV sync with SyncEvolution to the local EDS? Jul 5, 2013 at 18:17
  • The syncevolution-wiki documentation hasn't completed yet. I will try to provide a answer here. Jul 5, 2013 at 19:21

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