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Where does Mac OS X store contacts in my Address Book? Has this changed from Snow Leopard to Lion?

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I think it's at ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Metadata – user6124 Jul 24 '11 at 14:07
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The path is ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/ on both Snow Leopard and Lion.

Note that you can't see the Library in your home folder (as it is hidden by default). You can type in chflags nohidden ~/Library in Terminal to make it appear permanently, or hold down ⌥ Option while in the "Go" menu of Finder.

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On SL, it's in

  • ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Metadata

I can't answer for Lion.

Lion is the same....

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@bckbck: Simul-typing. Great minds run in the same direction I guess. Make your comment an answer. I'll yield.... – JRobert Jul 24 '11 at 14:14
Note that ~/Library is hidden by default in Lion. You can unhide it with a Terminal command, or you can go to it in Finder by holding down the Option/Alt key and selecting the Go menu in Finder. – Mike Scott Jul 24 '11 at 14:45

from my experience of just trying to recover those files with TimeMachine in Mavericks, the location in Mavericks appears to be incorrect.

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Where is the correct location? – dwightk Apr 13 '14 at 23:31

OSX 10.9.1 go to, highlight the contact(s) select more than one with the shift key, press DELETE then OK

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How does this show where they're stored? – grgarside Jan 25 '14 at 18:28

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