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I noticed that my ~/Library/Application Support/Address Book folder was pretty big; more than 420 MB. On an SSD, a half a gigabyte is a big hit for something that just records contact information.

So I looked in that folder, and found some interesting sub-folders. First, at the top level, there was a 69 MB "Images" folder, which contains 2,672 items. Second, there was a "Sources" folder, which contained a sub-folder with one of those long names with numbers and letters; presumably my Mac's UUID. In that folder was another Images folder, this one at 345 MB, containing 13,353 items!

So I figured I could try and delete these folders and see what happened. When I re-opened Address Book, the application automatically re-loaded images for many of my contacts. These are contacts for whom I have iChat accounts or Twitter accounts. The new folder is 4 MB, and contains 161 items.

I don't know why the other folders contain so many items, but if your Address Book folder takes up a lot of space, try removing these folders (don't delete them right away, just in case) and see if this slims them down a bit, as it did for me.
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Save disk space by deleting Address Book images
Authored by: airhead3 on Jul 18, '12 01:06:17PM

To clarify, the path is: ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook



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Save disk space by deleting Address Book images
Authored by: joekewe on Jul 18, '12 01:47:15PM

I wonder if you were suffering from a bug or attaching very large photos to your contacts. My two image folders are 2.1 and 3.2MB respectively, but I have very few Address Book images.



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Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 18, '12 02:16:18PM

It's a valid question, but many of those files had dates that went back quite a while. If others have this problem, it's worth pointing out.

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Save disk space by deleting Address Book images
Authored by: poenn on Jul 18, '12 02:17:37PM

I have 270 contacts and the Images directory is only ~12 MB in size. But I noticed that I had many old AB archive files in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook

These are compressed tars and named like that: Migration 20111025223920-1650.abbu.tbz

In my case there were 28 of them dating back till 2011 and together taking up around 80 MB.



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Authored by: jaydisc on Jul 18, '12 05:24:52PM

1. This is a bug. I filed a radar for it a few developer previews ago.
2. Are you running a developer preview?
3. Are you running CardDAV (or some other server-based Contacts)?



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Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 18, '12 11:40:05PM

2: yes, but this happened before the ML previews. However, it could also be an iCloud thing. I've had problems with iCloud syncing my contacts since iCloud existed.

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Authored by: jaydisc on Jul 18, '12 11:46:12PM

I've been archive my database weekly and have not seen it happen in the last two releases, so hope hope it's fixed.



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