Welcome, this wiki is for documentation of adx.

You can find here information how adx works, tips and tricks, etc.

Table of contents:

What is adx?

adx (addressbook.xml) is a simple but massively web enabled address book in your web browser (no server components needed).

Live Demo

Supported web accounts: Skype, LinkedIn, Facebook, Xing, ebay, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Soup, ICQ, AIM, YIM, MSNIM, Jabber, Picasa, Google, Spin.de, last.fm, SourceForge, DeviantArt, identi.ca, bebo, studiVZ, qype.com, brightkite.com, hi5.com, quarterlife.com, amiestreet.com, hellotxt, etc. See [Accounts] for full list

Supported Microformats:

  • hCard 1.0
  • XFN (Xhtml Friends Network)

How it works: addressbook.xml + XSLT = HTML in your web browser

Getting started with adx

  • Download and unzip latest adx zip file from SourceForge
  • Load addressbook.xml in a web browser
  • Click on the entries to expand details
  • Most entries in contact details are clickable (e.g. direct calling phone numbers via Skype, address lookup in Google Maps, etc.)

To add contacts just edit addressbook.xml in a text editor of your choice

Import contacts

Importing contacts
- Online importer for Open Contacts (a freeware address book tool for Windows)
- Opent Contacts has itself various import possibilities which can be used as intermediate step before importing to adx. Supported import formats are Outlook, vCard, Mozilla, Eudora, CSV, LDIF and more.
- You can create your own XSLT transformator to import any XML based format to adx (e.g. based on the XSLT file from Open Contacts to adx)

Otherwise add your contacts manually to [addressbook.xml] with a text editor of your choice.

Export contacts

Export contacts to vCard (vcf file)

Native vCard export via adx:

  • All contacts in one vcf file: in adx menu => Export => All
  • One contact per vcf file: in adx menu => Export => One (formerly known as "Specific") enables for each contact a link vCard to download a vcf file
  • Note: On native exporting the contacts are completely processed in the web browser. So, your contact data is not leaving your web browsor and therefore not uploaded to any server. Privacy matters!

Or export via Firefox browser plugins like Operator or Tails Export

How to use the vCard files:

  • Android phones can import easily vCard contacts (Android >= 2.1). Go to contacts in your phone and press 'menu' where you can find an import functionality from your SDCard (e.g. in 'options').

  • Thunderbird (version 16 as of now) has several issues on importing vCard data. The Thunderbird extension MoreFunctionsForAddressBook imports vCards much better.

  • Evolution Email solution can also import vCard files.

  • As vCard is the standard format for contact interchange there are many tools which support vCards.

Export contacts via QR Code (vCard)

A QR code is a two-dimensional barcode which can contain vCard data. Following example contains a full contact:

Export contact via QR code (vCard)

A QR code can be optical read out e.g. by any device with a camera and an app (Recommendation for Android: Barcode Scanner)

adx uses a open source QR code generator library to generate the QR code completely offline. So, your contact data is not leaving your web browsor and therefore not uploaded to any server.

Export contacts to whatever format you want

You can also create a XSLT document to export the contacts to the format of your choice.

Tested web browser

  • Firefox
  • Microsoft IE (Internet Explorer version 11 should work fine, older versions limited)
  • Microsoft Edge

Browser need a workaround if you want to use adx locally:

  • Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi and other browsers based on render engine Blink (see known issue below)
  • Opera (probably same workaround as for Chrome is needed as render engine Blink is used in version 15+)
  • Safari

Chrome/Chromium/Vivaldi workaround to use adx locally

  • Reason: Chrome's more restrictive security model for local access starting with version 5. Same for browser Chromium, Vivaldi (and probably Opera 15+) as the same render engine is used.
  • Workaround: Start browser with cmomand line param "--allow-file-access-from-files"

Iin following you see two How Tos which should be similar on any other OS.

Workaround for Chrome under Windows

  1. Search for your shortcut icon for starting Chrome on your Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click on the Chrome shortcut and select "Properties"
  3. Append in field "Target": --allow-file-access-from-files



  • It's important that the very first instance of Chrome was started with parameter --allow-file-access-from-files. You can check this in Chrome by entering URL chrome://version (see screenshot below).
  • As Chrome/Chomium uses background tasks even if it's closed a restart of the whole OS is the safest way to ensure that the additional paramter is applied.
  • It might be necessary to apply this on every shortcut you use. E.g. in start menu, on desktop, etc.
  • You can not access properties of a pinned Chrome icon to the task bar. Try unpin Chrome shortcut. Start Chrome with an adjusted Chrome shortcut (with --allow-file-access-from-files) and pin again.

Workaround for Chromium in Ubuntu

Following was tested with Ubuntu 11.10 under Gnome 3. Add needed command line parameter in file /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop:

  1. Load file in browser. E.g. open a terminal window and enter "sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop"
  2. Replace in text editor "Exec=/usr/bin/chromium-browser %U" with "Exec=/usr/bin/chromium-browser --allow-file-access-from-files %U"
  3. As Chrome/Chomium uses background tasks even if it's closed a restart of the whole OS is the safest way to ensure that the additional paramter is applied.

If it's still not working you can doublecheck with URL chrome://version if the parameter --allow-file-access-from-files is listed:

Workaround for Chrome should be similar.

Attention: This option is applied to all chromium instances started inside Gnome desktop. If you have security concerns you should start chromium directly from terminal with command line parameter "--allow-file-access-from-files".

Web browser search in your adx contacts

You can register adx as browser search engine. Add a url template like following consisting of your addressbook.xml (works online and offline). "%s" will be replaced by your search term.


You need to replace the path to your addressbook.xml (works online and offline).

Integrate adx in browser search: Chrome/Chromium

In Chrome this can be added very easy in Preferences -> Manage Search Engines.

Integrate adx in browser search: Firefox

Firefox integration can be done via a bookmark with above url pattern. Important is to apply a keyword for the bookmark (e.g. "adx") in order to call it from the url bar:
Once added as bookmark (here with keyword "adx") you can search from the address bar:


There are two types of settings:

  • permanent settings in XSL File (adx2html_phonelist.xsl)
  • URL parameters

For details see below.

Cookies or similar technology is not used at all.

Settings in XSL File (adx2html_phonelist.xsl)

Search for "User settings" in adx2html_phonelist.xsl. There's a list with settings you can adjust:

  • headline_show_default
  • details_show_default
  • exports_show_default
  • photo_show_default
  • headline_text
  • menu_opacity
  • menu_shadow
  • phone_showIcons
  • phone_internationalAreaCode_default
  • phone_protocol: Can be adjusted in order to execute the phone program of your choice like Skype. Example value "tel:" or "callto:"
  • phone_skype_show: adds skype as direct call to right side of a contact (below the normal phone numbers)
  • accountIcons_colorStyle: possible values are "grey" or "color" removed in version 1.12
  • accountIcons_saturation_basic: sets saturation of account icons (color) when mouse is NOT over the contact, e.g. "20%" results in quite greyed out icon colors
  • accountIcons_saturation_groupHover: sets saturation of account icons (color) when mouse is over the contact, e.g. "50%" result in medium greyed out icon colors. Note: When mouse is over the account icon itself the saturation is always set to "100%" (full color, not greyed out at all)
  • birthday_highlightUpcoming_default
  • birthday_outputFormat
  • folksonomy_href
  • tag_adxFrequency_Show: defines which frequency levels are shown by default (e.g. "high,medium")
  • map_href: Defines URL for map application, e.g. "http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?q=" for Bing Maps or "http://maps.google.com/maps?q=" for Google Maps
  • map_geo_href: Defines URL for geo information (based on latitude and longitude)
  • debugMode: can be enabled for developing/debugging purposes

URL parameters

URL parameters cover most settings you can directly adjust on your adx web site. Example in order to show contact details by default: http://elektronengehirn.net/addressbook/addressbook.xml?showdetails=1

This is handy in order to bookmark adx with your needed settings:

  1. Adjust settings in your adx web site
  2. Clicking on "Save" in your adx web site results in a reload with all URL parameters
  3. Now you can bookmark adx with your settings in URL parameters

Example with all URL parameters: http://elektronengehirn.net/addressbook/addressbook.xml?showdetails=1&showheader=1&showexport=1&tagfilter=Musician&searchfilter=Raph&frequencyhigh=1&frequencymedium=1&frequencylow=1&fontsize=1.1em


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