VCF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a VCF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .VCF files.

What is a VCF file?

A .VCF file is a vCard - Virtual Contact file. VCF is an acronym for Virtual Contact File. VCF files, also commonly referred to as vCards, are the standard file format used to store contact information for individuals and businesses in a digital file format.

A VCF file normally includes the contact name, address, email address, phone number, and other contact information for the person creating the file. The VCF file format also allows for the support of images and other media content.

VCF files are often used to transfer contact information between address books and can also be attached to email messages. VCF files can be used on Windows and Mac operating systems and are frequently used on iPhones to load contacts directly into the user's mobile device.

How to open VCF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension VCF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different VCF openers which you will find listed below.

Other file formats using extension .VCF

While vCard - Virtual Contact File is a popular type of VCF-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .VCF extension.

The VCF file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a VCF opener may not be able to open all kinds of VCF files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited VCF viewer.

Variant Call Format

Through our analysis of VCF files, we know that one use of the format is Variant Call Format . We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different VCF openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of VCF files. Remember, different programs may use VCF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft OutlookMicrosoft OutlookUser submitted
Windows Live MailWindows Live MailUser submitted
IBM Lotus Notes/DominoIBM Lotus Notes/DominoUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Palm DesktopPalm DesktopUser submitted
IBM Notes/DominoIBM Notes/DominoUser submitted
The BatThe BatUser submitted
WordPerfect MAILWordPerfect MAILUser submitted
Citrix ICA ClientCitrix ICA ClientUser submitted
Lotus NotesLotus NotesUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with VCF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with VCF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!