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       khard.conf - configuration file for khard


       The config file for khard is a plain text file with an ini-like syntax.  Many options have
       a corresponding command line option.  The only mandatory section in the config file is the
       definition of the available address books.


       The  file  is  looked up at $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/khard/khard.conf. If the environment variable
       $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is unset ~/.config/ is used in its stead.

       The location can be changed with the environment variable  $KHARD_CONFIG  or  the  command
       line option -c (which takes precedence).


       The  syntax  of  the  config  file  is ini-style dialect.  It is parsed with the configobj
       library.  The precise  definition  of  the  corresponding  ini  syntax  can  be  found  at .

       It  supports  sections  marked  with  square brackets and nested sections with more square
       brackets.  Each section contains several keys with values delimited by equal  signs.   The
       values are typed and type checked.


       The config file consists of these four sections:

              This  section  contains  several subsections, but at least one. Each subsection can
              have an arbitrary name which will be the name of an  addressbook  known  to  khard.
              Each  of  these  subsections  must  have  a  path  key  with the path to the folder
              containing  the  vcard  files  for  that  addressbook.   The  path  value  supports
              environment  variables  and  tilde prefixes.  khard expects the vcard files to hold
              only one VCARD record each and end in a .vcf extension.

              This section allows one to  configure  some  general  features  about  khard.   The
              following keys are available in this section:

              • debug:  a  boolean indication weather the logging level should be set to debug by
                default (same effect as the --debug option on the command line)

              • default_action: the default action/subcommand to use  if  the  first  non  option
                argument does not match any of the available subcommands

              • editor: the text editor to use to edit address book entries, if not given $EDITOR
                will be used

              • merge_editor: a command used to merge two  cards  interactively,  if  not  given,
                $MERGE_EDITOR will be used

       contact table
              This  section  is  used  to configure the behaviour of different output listings of
              khard.  The following keys are available:

              • display: which part of  the  name  to  use  in  listings;  this  can  be  one  of
                first_name, last_name or formatted_namegroup_by_addressbook:  weather  or  not  to  group  contacts  by  address book in

              • localize_dates: weather to localize dates or to use ISO date formats

              • preferred_email_address_type: labels of email addresses to prefer

              • preferred_phone_number_type: labels of telephone numbers to prefer

              • reverse: weather to reverse the order of contact listings or not

              • show_nicknames: weather to show nick names

              • show_uids: weather to show uids

              • sort: field by which to sort contact listings

       vcardprivate_objects: a list of strings, these are the names of private  vCard  fields
                (starting with X-)  that will be loaded and displayed by khard

              • search_in_source_files:  weather to search in the vcard files before parsing them
                in order to speed up searches

              • skip_unparsable: weather to skip unparsable vcards, otherwise khard exits on  the
                first unparsable card it encounters

              • preferred_version: the preferred vcard version to use for new cards


       This is the example config file:

          # example configuration file for khard version > 0.14.0
          # place it under ~/.config/khard/khard.conf
          # This file is parsed by the configobj library.  The syntax is described at

          path = ~/.contacts/family/
          path = ~/.contacts/friends/

          debug = no
          default_action = list
          # These are either strings or comma seperated lists
          editor = vim, -i, NONE
          merge_editor = vimdiff

          [contact table]
          # display names by first or last name: first_name / last_name / formatted_name
          display = first_name
          # group by address book: yes / no
          group_by_addressbook = no
          # reverse table ordering: yes / no
          reverse = no
          # append nicknames to name column: yes / no
          show_nicknames = no
          # show uid table column: yes / no
          show_uids = yes
          # sort by first or last name: first_name / last_name / formatted_name
          sort = last_name
          # localize dates: yes / no
          localize_dates = yes
          # set a comma separated list of preferred phone number types in descending priority
          # or nothing for non-filtered alphabetical order
          preferred_phone_number_type = pref, cell, home
          # set a comma separated list of preferred email address types in descending priority
          # or nothing for non-filtered alphabetical order
          preferred_email_address_type = pref, work, home

          # extend contacts with your own private objects
          # these objects are stored with a leading "X-" before the object name in the vcard files
          # every object label may only contain letters, digits and the - character
          # example:
          #   private_objects = Jabber, Skype, Twitter
          # default: ,  (the empty list)
          private_objects = Jabber, Skype, Twitter
          # preferred vcard version: 3.0 / 4.0
          preferred_version = 3.0
          # Look into source vcf files to speed up search queries: yes / no
          search_in_source_files = no
          # skip unparsable vcard files: yes / no
          skip_unparsable = no


       2021, Eric Scheibler