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
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME is unset
used in its stead.
The location can be changed with the environment variable
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 https://configobj.readthedocs.io/en/latest/configobj.html#the-config-file-format .
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
This section allows one to configure some general features about khard. The following keys are available in this section:
debug: a boolean indication whether the logging level should be set to debug by default (same effect as the
--debugoption 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
$EDITORwill be used
merge_editor: a command used to merge two cards interactively, if not given,
$MERGE_EDITORwill 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
group_by_addressbook: whether or not to group contacts by address book in listings
localize_dates: whether 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: whether to reverse the order of contact listings or not
show_nicknames: whether to show nick names
show_uids: whether to show uids
sort: field by which to sort contact listings
private_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: whether to search in the vcard files before parsing them in order to speed up searches
skip_unparsable: whether 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 # https://configobj.readthedocs.io/en/latest/configobj.html#the-config-file-format [addressbooks] [[family]] path = ~/.contacts/family/ [[friends]] path = ~/.contacts/friends/ [general] 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 [vcard] # 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