Import Personal Distribution Lists from Outlook

User Article

Article Information

This article applies to the following ZCS versions.

ZCS 4.5 Article ZCS 4.5

The Zimbra Migration Wizard does not include the ability to import Personal Distribution Lists (PDLs) from Outlook. The following is known to work on:

  • Outlook 2000
  • Outlook 2003
  • Outlook 2007

1. Open the distribution list in your Outlook Address Book

2. Go to File > Save as..

3. Change file type to txt to save as plain text

4. Parse file for email addresses using a perl script or an online tool:

perl -wne'while(/[\w\.\-]+@[\w\.\-]+\w+/g){print "$&\n"}' emails.txt | sort -u > output.txt

5. Copy resulting emails

6. In Zimbra Address Book begin creating a new "Contact Group"

7. In the "Group Members" field paste email address, ensuring you have one per line

8. Save and enjoy

Note: This method does not require, or create, contacts for each member of your group.

Verified Against: Outlook 2000, 2003, and 2007 Date Created: 8/13/2007
Article ID: Date Modified: 2015-03-24

Try Zimbra

Try Zimbra Collaboration with a 60-day free trial.
Get it now »

Want to get involved?

You can contribute in the Community, Wiki, Code, or development of Zimlets.
Find out more. »

Looking for a Video?

Visit our YouTube channel to get the latest webinars, technology news, product overviews, and so much more.
Go to the YouTube channel »

Jump to: navigation, search