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Welcome to Contacts

Contacts is a universal interface to
grab contact list information from various providers including Hotmail,
Gmail and Yahoo.


If you’re running Ruby 1.9 and up

If you’re getting a no ‘jcode’ error then try doing this in your gemfile

  • gem ‘gdata_19’
  • gem ‘contacts’

Then rm Gemfile.lock and bundle install.


For a long time, the only way to get a list of contacts from your free
online email accounts was with proprietary PHP scripts that would cost you
$50. The act of grabbing that list is a simple matter of screen scrapping
and this library gives you all the functionality you need. Thanks to the
generosity of the highly popular Rails website MOG (mog.com) for allowing this library to be released
open-source to the world. It is easy to extend this library to add new free
email providers, so please contact the author if you would like to help.


        Contacts::Hotmail.new(login, password).contacts # => [["name", "foo@bar.com"], ["another name", "bow@wow.com"]]
        Contacts::Yahoo.new(login, password).contacts
        Contacts::Gmail.new(login, password).contacts

        Contacts.new(:gmail, login, password).contacts
        Contacts.new(:hotmail, login, password).contacts
        Contacts.new(:yahoo, login, password).contacts

        Contacts.guess(login, password)

Notice there are three ways to use this library so that you can limit the
use as much as you would like in your particular application. The Contacts.guess method will
automatically concatenate all the address book contacts from each of the
successful logins in the case that a username password works across
multiple services.


See the examples/ directory.



This library is released under the terms of the BSD.