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

  • I think it's at ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Metadata
    – user6124
    Jul 24, 2011 at 14:07

4 Answers 4


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.


On SL, it's in

  • ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Metadata

I can't answer for Lion.

Lion is the same....

In High Sierra, its in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Sources/

  • @bckbck: Simul-typing. Great minds run in the same direction I guess. Make your comment an answer. I'll yield....
    – JRobert
    Jul 24, 2011 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, 2011 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.

  • 1
    Where is the correct location?
    – dwightk
    Apr 13, 2014 at 23:31

OSX 10.9.1 go to Contacts.app, 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?
    – grg
    Jan 25, 2014 at 18:28

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