Solved: Thunderbird: .mab file nightmare

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Dan9

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Today 2-8-15 I accidentally deleted most the addresses in my Thunderbird (31.4.0) address book. I always back up my computer and tried restoring my last backup from 2-7-15. The address book was not restored. So I hunted around for more info and found the address book file in the .mab format. When I open it in notepad i can see the information but can't figure out how to convert that .mab file to something else like .ldif or .csv which I could then easily import back into Thunderbird. I know the whole horror story of 'mork' and the .mab file.

Would appreciate any help!
 

throoper

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Hi Dan and welcome to TSG.

I assume the file you found was the abook.mab, which is the Personal Address Book.
All you need to do is replace the one in the Profile folder with that one.

Open the Profile by clicking Help>Troubleshooting Information>Show Folder button.
CLOSE THUNDERBIRD, but keep the Profile folder open.
Find the file abook.mab and delete it.
Now place a copy of the abook.mab from your backup into the Profile folder.
Open Thunderbird and the Address Book should now display.

FYI so you know what the different .mab files are.
abook.mab is the Personal Address Book
abook (number).mab is user created Address Book
history.mab is the Collected Address Book
impab.mab is Imported Address Book
impab (number).mab is additional Imported Address Book
 

Dan9

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Thanks for your quick reply. Hunted around and found a Thunderbird add-on that solved my problem -
It's called MoreFunctionsForAddressBook available at - https://freeshell.de//~kaosmos/morecols-en.html

Had to play around with it but it restored my address book from the .mab file quite easily.
 

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Glad you got it done. (y)
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