Address book conversion

Here you can convert several E-mail programs' address books into Opera contact list format.

Step one:

  1. Export your address book from your E-mail program to comma-separated or tab-delimited format. See your E-mail program's help files if you are not sure how to do this.
    If your E-mail client can not do this, I'm afraid your address book can not be converted here.
    TIP: The next step will be easier if the first entries in your address book have as complete information as possible.
  2. Click the browse-button (...) below to locate the file you saved in step a.
  3. Click

Privacy statement: the file will be automatically processed and then removed from the server. The E-mail addresses and other information are not made available to me or anyone else during this process, and not harvested, archived, traded or used in any way.


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From Slegg     on 2004-10-25 20:17:15

It's a very helpful thing You made here. Some thoughts still... Is it possible to include the "url-of-the-picture"-value also in the selection of categories? And usually the "first name" and the "last name" are comma-separeted, too - therefore it would be nice if I could select "full-name"-value also at least twice. Thnx!

From Karen     on 2004-11-21 20:01:37

Great (and fast) converting tool - got the hint at the Opera forum, and had my contacts imported in less than 30 secs!
Thanks a bunch!

From Bernhard Neuhofer     on 2004-12-07 00:48:12

Invaluable - much appreciated!

From Hallvord     on 2004-12-09 08:19:10

Updates: I've rewritten and simplified the script to add support for picture URL and to make it possible to merge items for any type of entry. That means if you have separate fields for firstname and surname you can now choose to put both into the "Full name" field.

Thanks for your nice and useful feedback, and for using my little tool and my favourite browser :-)

From smelly     on 2005-04-15 17:31:26

thanl you thank you thank you

From Kurt Schmitt     on 2005-04-17 07:02:57

Thank you! That's a great tool.

From George     on 2005-05-13 19:18:36

Great conversion tool. Simple and effective. Thank you very much.

From ice     on 2005-05-16 09:28:49

Good work man...really helpfull

From Thomas     on 2005-05-28 07:50:36

sorry: "Copy failure, quitting" with my tab-seped outlook export file

From Simon Wenger     on 2005-06-06 05:10:08

@ Thomas
I just kicked out all unneeded information (data-fields), then it went ok. Maybe size restriction? Or boolean data fields problem?

From gheorghe salistean     on 2005-07-16 09:41:53

thank you it's the best,but I want to know how it works?if you wnt of corse!
whit my consideration!

From Hallvord     on 2005-07-16 16:29:32

How it works.. well, I'm not sure if I remember :) but it is quite simple because Opera's contact list is saved as a plain text file (called contacts.adr). You can open in in a text editor like Notepad and you will see that the listing is quite simply organised. That makes it WAY easier to write a script that takes information from somewhere and creates an Opera contacts list.

The PHP source is slightly messy and badly commented, suffering from having been patched at various times when I didn't have a clear sense of how I had organised the old code. Anyone who is still interested in nitty-gritty details can mail me to get a copy.

From Pete Turier     on 2005-07-24 16:27:45

Great programme, thanks for saving me re-typing my whole address book!!

From Bruce     on 2005-08-31 13:22:45

I also am getting a "Copy Failure" message.
It's a pretty big file, around 300 contacts.
That's too bad.

From Bruce     on 2005-08-31 13:33:50

I used "Dawn" to convert it to a csv file then used this page to convert it to an Opera file. That worked!

From Scott     on 2005-09-01 06:22:49

Worked almost 100%. After a little clean-up, its great! thanks!!

From Noel Harrison     on 2005-09-04 11:45:29

Can't get file to upload to you; did you get my file sep2005addr.csv?

From Gregory     on 2005-09-08 20:33:20

very confusing. I finally gave up. When oh when will Opera make a half-ways decent importing program. IE and Mozilla have done this child's play for years now.

From Robert     on 2005-09-11 18:58:54

Great tool exactly what i was after, worked perfectly thankyou :)

From Mike     on 2005-09-20 20:31:47

Thanx...It worked like a charm....I did it using Outlook Contacts...Helped out a lot

From OX     on 2005-09-22 19:34:44

Brilliant!! So simple and effective. Thank you for making this tool available.

From Allen Day     on 2005-09-22 20:27:53

This worked perfectly, thanks! I was searching for a web-based converter so I could transfer my gmail address book to Opera's M2.

If there are any other Gmail users who want to "export" their address books, it's as simple as this:
View your contacts, select "All Contacts", click at the very beginning of the first name in your address book and drag it to the end of the last address -- copy that text. Paste it in a text editor. You'll probably have to indent the first item with a tab as the tab won't copy and it'll mess up the alignment with the rest of your addresses. Finally, save that file -- you now have a tab delimited address list. Finally, you can use this to convert that into an Opera address book. If you have a lot of other info on your gmail contacts (other than name/e-mail) you might run into some trouble with this, though.

From ruq     on 2005-09-22 21:57:14

thanks for your assistance, much appreciated and invaluable.

From mma     on 2005-10-03 12:22:34

fast and easy. Perfect tool.

From Rijo     on 2005-11-21 09:39:48

Thanks hallvord. I just made use of this tool and works great... thanks once again.

From Dick Evans     on 2005-12-08 13:09:39

Took me longer to read the instructions than to do it, and it worked great!

From lop     on 2005-12-16 22:41:54

Hi Hallvord,

Thanks for the convertor: Works great, although I do believe Opera should include this as standard (at the very least as a plug-in). Put it foward to your boss ;-P

From Rainer     on 2005-12-23 00:31:46

Thank You so much! Your tool helped me importing all my Thunderbird-Adressbooks very quickly. First I struggled a little but then I found that after importing I need to click >Extras >Adressbook to find the imported file...

From Antonio Tort     on 2006-01-04 05:05:31

Hi. I'm new to Opera. I think it is much better than others I've used but... I wish I could say the same about e-mail !
I tried to use your conversion utility but I always see the same screen:
"Copy failure, quitting".
I 've exported contacts file from Outlook 2003 ok. (I've tested .csv file in several programs). What else can I try?
Thanks in advance

From Daniel     on 2006-01-14 00:17:04

That's a great service you're offering - I don't know why my Opera wasn't able to import the address book from OE, but your site really made my day... :) Thanks for the good work!

From Lotti     on 2006-01-15 23:56:48

thank you so much!

From Sebastian     on 2006-01-24 01:58:43

Man, what a cool programm. Thanks a ton!

From Fred Nilsen     on 2006-04-20 12:26:11

Da har jeg provd nok en gang, men faar dette bare ikke til, prover aa convertere Outlook contacts, men jeg maate bare gi opp, er det noen som vet ???

From Matthias     on 2006-06-28 23:18:23

Thank you for this simple and easy way to import contact data. Save me a lot of time ! For the future, pleas add a field for the folder-name.

From Mike     on 2006-07-21 11:44:26

Sweet Site bud. I'm happy I didn't have to type everything out.

I acually almost passed over this site as I thought it converted .adr into other formats. Dumb on my part but unless you clearly read it you wouldn't know. Think it's possible to make a nice big title telling everyone who can't read like me just what this beautiful tool does?

Either way thanks :)

From Hank Browne     on 2006-11-22 15:18:38

First, there is no "browse" button. Second, I have no idea what to do after creating the .csv file.

From Marvin     on 2006-12-23 20:55:15

Worked perfectly. Thank you.

From Pierre     on 2006-12-25 02:52:14

Super, merci beaucoup!

From Alex     on 2007-02-05 04:53:00

Thanx a lot for this stuff

From Deniz     on 2007-03-25 13:05:13

Thanks a lot. It is a wonderful tool.

From erna     on 2007-04-27 12:40:00

Thanks, it worked: with your help I imported my contactlist in Opera.

From Jose Mejia     on 2007-07-02 05:39:47


From King     on 2007-12-18 11:58:24

thank you

From Richard     on 2008-01-11 06:50:03

amazing tool. Had no luck whatsoever getting contacts from yahoo mail -> thunderbird -> opera.

Just a thought though: why on earth do brilliant people like yourself have to make these tools for??? I wouldn't have used opera for my email because I would be stuck with it. Now, thanks to you I can!! - and yahoo for storing my emails online and giving pop access

From Djorddje     on 2008-02-20 13:43:37

Thanks man :)

Couldn't do without this :)

From William Loughborough     on 2008-03-06 09:46:19

I followed all the directions and have a comma-delimited file but the conversion chokes with "File is not found or is not in correct upload directory. For security reasons a conversion could not be performed."

Now what?


From Raman     on 2008-05-26 07:16:24

Thank you very much for saving my time and energy. I wonder why this feature is not built in Opera despite being a very obvious need.

From Mike     on 2008-06-28 15:36:14

For gmail users, and even easier way is to export as CVS and open in a spreadsheet, copy the email column and paste into a txt file to upload. Us this website and then open in opera. The only problem is that names are not preserved.

From Dale     on 2008-09-20 01:39:28

Thanks for your help, this is great. My computer crashed yesterday, had to reload windows + all software... i lost everything! Or so I thought... Found an old CSV file - but couldn't import into Opera until I found you... Great, really great.. thanks again - Dale

From Martin     on 2008-11-08 07:02:44

Excellent! thanks very much, it even sorted the muddled order they originally appeared in the Excel .csv file.

From Lupatrian     on 2009-02-08 09:12:47

This is great - thank you! I had to go through an extra step: saved GMail contacts as an Address Book file; opened with Windows' built-in Address Book. Each address auto-pops-up for an okay, then I resaved it. Then I converted it here and uploaded the result into Opera mail. Only issue seemed to be addresses with the "&" character - those did not come over properly. A great help.

From Franz Bonsch     on 2009-05-01 13:17:55

Dear Hallvord, congratulations and thanks for this is tool. It worked well for me. Thanks and kind regards from Germany.

From Ernst     on 2009-07-28 06:31:27

It's working very well and easy! Why doesn't Opera integrate this program into their browser?

With regards,

From Rob     on 2009-08-31 17:09:08

Excellent tool... Bye Bye Outlook...

From Óscar     on 2010-01-12 20:17:35

Great place! I use this since 2005 and Stills being usefull. Thanks a lot!

From fernando     on 2010-02-14 15:06:04

fantastic...thank you, thank you, thank you.

From Eberhard     on 2010-04-22 01:39:21

thank you very much - the tool worked very good
and without problems !!! Thanks a lot

From Sachin     on 2010-07-16 04:55:12

amazing solved my problem.

From Kraig     on 2010-09-23 12:49:46

Excellent tool...easy as pie. Now that Thunderbird spits out Tab delimited, it's easy as snapping your fingers and no need for Dawn. I used it to convert all 4 of my Thunderbird AB's, one at a time and it worked clean as a whistle! Thanks!

From NicL     on 2010-09-25 12:27:17

Running this conversion tool just doesn't
work in Opera 10.62. After several tries at
converting from different formats, I gave
up trying to use Opera to run an Opera
conversion tool.
Fortunately though, experience provided
me with a solution.
Anyone having this, or similar problems
with Opera, download Google Chrome,
and run it on that. The conversion runs
with no problem & can then be imported
into Opera. I highly recommend Chrome
as a secondary browser to Opera, for this
sort of problem. It also runs Microsoft
Silverlight [similar to Flash Player], which
Opera doesn't [at least up to 10.53].

From NicL     on 2010-09-25 12:35:25

PS. It'd be useful to be able to reply to posts
on this page, or at least alert others of a post
- reading these, there seem to be a few which
my previous post could help.

From Rick     on 2010-10-17 15:34:57

Great tool thanks a lot Opera is supposed to import contacts from Outlook Express as well as others but if it does I can't find out how.

From Ken     on 2010-10-20 12:40:33

Thank you for the application. It worked fine.

From Anne     on 2011-03-15 00:50:31

Delighted to have converted contacts. Many thanks.

From Willo     on 2011-03-25 04:45:52

Superb. Thank you so much

From radiowaves     on 2011-05-12 09:22:53

Help! I get this message when trying to convert a .csv file to Opera:
Warning: copy() [function.copy]: Filename cannot be empty in /home/hallvors/ on line 23
Copy failure, quitting
My file is real. I eliminated spaces from the filename. Suggestions?

From trivialzero     on 2011-07-02 18:44:00

I wish your tool was in Opera's "getting started," FAQ, and the top hit in launchpad for Opera import contacts. Took so long to find this gem. Thank you and best karma wishes

From AUGIER     on 2011-09-30 09:21:42

I thanks you really for your software to convert csv file to adr.
Great congratulations


From Teresa Margaret White     on 2011-10-01 15:57:11

Great program and easy to use!!! In less than 3 minutes I imported 144 contacts...

From Patrick Macalister     on 2012-01-31 21:30:16

Many thanks for your conversion tool.

I've been using Windows LIve Mail and it has had heaps of problems. So went over to Opera. So glad I was able to import all my contacts.

Many thanks again.

From Pam J     on 2012-03-15 20:10:04

Hey thanks, I couldn't figure out how to get my outlook contacts into opera, but this did the trick!

From Reinhold     on 2012-04-29 05:00:45

Hello, thank you for your work. I tried to export my address book Windows Live running under XP (exported to .csv on a USB stick) with your program into Opera 11.62 running under openSuse 12.1 on the same computer. In step 2 the left colomn doesn't show the example, and the file created seems to be empty. So I installed Opera on my Windows XP and created the address book there (no problem it executed as described in your program). I exported the .adr file on my USB stick and imported it into Opera under openSuse. The good way to do it, a little bit complicated but finally it works. Great!!!

From Zhong Qiyao     on 2012-05-31 18:43:35

Importing Chinese address book (or any CJK language, maybe). This has been operated successfully on Chinese (complex-character, also called traditional-character) Windows XP.

1. Export address list as CSV (comma-separated vector) file from Thunderbird.

2. Upload to this site (Hallvord).

3. You see headings in unrecognisable characters. Do "View > Encoding > Chinese" or your native CJK encoding. You will see your headlines.

4. Map "Displayed Name" to "Full Name", and "E-mail address 1" to "E-mail address".

5. Convert and save. Now this file is in native-encoding Chinese characters, and cannot be directly imported into Opera.

6. Use Notepad to open the imported contacts (importedcontacts.adr). Do "File > Save As" and select file type as "UTF-8", and save it as another file (importedcontacts_u8.adr).

7. Go to Opera and do "File > Import and Export > Import Opera Address Book". Now Chinese characters can be imported properly.

Have fun.

From sedat atalay     on 2012-09-29 05:39:46


I am trying to convert address book from text file (comma seperated) to Opera address book. But I receive the following error.

Warning: copy() [function.copy]: Filename cannot be empty in /home/hallvors/ on line 23
Copy failure, quitting

The file name is contact_1.txt and I don't know how this might happen. Can you help me to solve this issue?

From Thierry Bricchi     on 2013-01-24 09:54:09

Hello I tried everything and that does not work ! :/

From mario     on 2013-03-24 15:56:08

thanx a lot

you should sell this page to opera for lots of money :)

from germany


From Denis     on 2013-06-17 12:44:57

Excellent - worked a treat getting contacts out of Outlook. Thanks for providing it.

From Jim     on 2014-05-30 09:18:19

Excellent Utility. I was giving up on OPera
because of its inability to import from Windows
Mail Live. Many thanks.

From Stéphane Thinel     on 2014-07-24 13:05:35

Thank you. It is helpful for Outlook express
to Opera Mail Migration I have to do for
windows XP computer (yes, I know we are in mid-
2014 but...)

From Franck     on 2014-10-18 00:47:13

Thanks for your job !!!
Very usefull