6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2014 1:17 PM by F J Poblam
TonDas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to clean up an address book that has over 100,000 contacts.  I'm trying to find the file location where all the address book data is saved.  There are no files in the- ApplicationSupport/AddressBook folder. Is there a different location for OS X Lion.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,305 points)

    ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook ?

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    Colin R.

  • TonDas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've looked into every "AddressBook" folder under every "ApplicationSupport" folder on the computer...they are all empty. 


    The only difference between what I'm seeing and what your image shows, is that I don't have a "Library" folder in my folder.  I'll go to Mac UH- Users- *my folder*- ...there is no library folder.



  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (7,090 points)

    To get to your user Library folder.


    Open Finder.

    While pressing and holding the OPTION key, click on GO. You will see the user Library folder under your Home folder in the left pane. Click it to open it.



    Open Finder

    Click on GO then GO To Folder. Type in ~/Library and you will be navigated to your user Library folder.


    Or...To unhide the folder and keep it unhidden

    Open Terminal under Applications/Utilities

    Type chflags nohidden ~/Library/

    Press Return

  • TonDas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Awesome!  The second option worked.  Thank you very much!

  • dipocoker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Holy &^%$(,

    lots of web sifting before coming across your reply as to why I could not see this Library Folder.

    Many thanks mate.

  • F J Poblam Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    The GO works great! Then when I GO to "Enclosing folder", Library disappears. So I can't work my way back down to AddressBook on my own. Which is to say, this strategy, unfortunately, doesn't help me whip a copy out of Time Machine. (Time Machine's Finder has no way to do a GO. Boo, hoo for me.)