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The Contacts Data is stored in a Folder named “AddressBook” which is located in /Users/Username/Application\ Support/

We will create a symbolic link from this Folder to its copy in our Dropbox Folder.

  1. Search the local b folder.
  2. Make a copy of the AddressBook folder and put it in your Dropbox folder.
  3. Rename the localAddressBook folder to _Addressbook (or drag it to the desktop). This is your backup file if something goes wrong.
  4. Creating the symbolic link:
    • OPTION 1: Use the Terminal.
      • Open the Terminal and create a symbolic link which points from its original local place, to the Dropbox AddressBook Folder.
ln -s /Users/Username/Dropbox/AddressBook /Users/Username/Library/Application\ Support/AddressBook
      • On all other machines that should sync with the Dropbox AddressBook data, repeat step 4.
      • When you’re done with setting up the links you have to restart the AddressBook Application (if it was still running) to invoke the syncing process.
    • OPTION 2: Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable using the Terminal, you can use Automator to create the symbolic link.
      • Launch the Automator, and choose to create a Workflow. Drag the Addressbook folder you just created in Dropbox onto the right-hand panel of Automator. Next drag the “Create Symbolic Link” action from the middle panel of Automator to the right-hand panel below the first action. Drag the Application Support folder (the parent folder for the Addressbook folder you just dragged to the desktop) onto the “Create Symbolic Link” action under “Where:”. Run the workflow.
      • Automator will create the symbolic link for you. Quit Automator and relaunch Address Book.
      • On all other machines that should sync with the Dropbox AddressBook data, repeat step 4.

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  • Lis Reyes

    I have done this kind of syncing, but later on, I bought a new Mac and a smartphone, so I prefer syncing contacts via google account, how can I undo the symbolic link? Thanks!