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React Native AddressBook

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React Native AddressBook

NOTE Future development will occur at react-native-contacts. Migration is trivial (rename getContacts -> getAll)


getContacts (callback) - returns all contacts as an array of objects
addContact (contact, callback) - adds a contact to the AddressBook.
updateContact (contact, callback) - where contact is an object with a valid recordID
deleteContact (contact, callback) - where contact is an object with a valid recordID

####Permissions Methods (optional) checkPermission (callback) - checks permission to use AddressBook.
requestPermission (callback) - request permission to use AddressBook.

Usage Example

var AddressBook = require('react-native-addressbook')

AddressBook.getContacts( (err, contacts) => {
  if(err && err.type === 'permissionDenied'){
    // x.x

Example Contact Record

  recordID: 1,
  lastName: "Jung",
  firstName: "Carl",
  middleName: "",
  emailAddresses: [{
    label: "work",
    email: "[email protected]",
  phoneNumbers: [{
    label: "mobile",
    number: "(555) 555-5555",
  thumbnailPath: "",

Adding Contacts

Currently all fields from the contact record except for thumbnailPath are supported for writing

var newPerson = {
  lastName: "Nietzsche",
  firstName: "Friedrich",
  emailAddresses: [{
    label: "work",
    email: "[email protected]",

AddressBook.addContact(newPerson, (err) => { /*...*/ })

Updating and Deleting Contacts

//contrived example
AddressBook.getContacts( (err, contacts) => {
  //update the first record
  let someRecord = contacts[0]
    label: "junk",
    email: "[email protected]",
  AddressBook.updateContact(someRecord, (err) => { /*...*/ })

  //delete the second record
  AddressBook.deleteContact(contacts[1], (err) => { /*...*/ })

Update and delete reference contacts by their recordID (as returned by the OS in getContacts). Apple does not guarantee the recordID will not change, e.g. it may be reassigned during a phone migration. Consequently you should always grab a fresh contact list with getContacts before performing update and delete operations.

You can also delete a record using only it's recordID like follows: AddressBook.deleteContact({recordID: 1}, (err) => {})}

##Permissions Permissions will automatically be checked and if needed requested upon calling getContacts. If you need more granular control you can using the checkPermission and requestPermission methods as follows:

AddressBook.checkPermission( (err, permission) => {
  if(permission === 'undefined'){
    AddressBook.requestPermission( (err, permission) => {
      // ...
  if(permission === 'authorized'){
    // yay!
  if(permission === 'denied'){
    // x.x

Getting started

  1. npm install react-native-addressbook
  2. In XCode, in the project navigator, right click LibrariesAdd Files to [your project's name]
  3. add ./node_modules/react-native-addressbook/RCTAddressBook.xcodeproj
  4. In the XCode project navigator, select your project, select the Build Phases tab and in the Link Binary With Libraries section add libRCTAddressBook.a


  • checkPermission & requestPermission
  • getContacts (get all contacts)
  • addContact
  • Update and Delete methods
  • getContacts options (a la camera roll's getPhotos)
  • Automatic permission check & request in getContacts
  • Contact Groups support


Thanks to @mattotodd whose RCTAddressBook this is largely derived from.

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